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The City of Brass

Lu par : Soneela Nankani
Série : The Daevabad Trilogy, Volume 1
Durée : 19 h et 36 min
5 out of 5 stars (1 notation)

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Description

Discover this spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty.

Among the bustling markets of 18th century Cairo, the city's outcasts eke out a living swindling rich Ottoman nobles and foreign invaders alike.

But alongside this new world, the old stories linger. Tales of djinn and spirits. Of cities hidden among the swirling sands of the desert, full of enchantment, desire and riches. Where magic pours down every street, hanging in the air like dust.

Many wish their lives could be filled with such wonder, but not Nahri. She knows the trades she uses to get by are just tricks and sleights of hand: there's nothing magical about them. She wishes only to one day leave Cairo, but as the saying goes....

Be careful what you wish for.

©2018 S. A. Chakraborty (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critiques

" The City of Brass is the best adult fantasy I've read since The Name of the Wind. It's stunning and complex and consuming and fantastic. You must read it." (Sabaa Tahir, New York Times best-selling author of An Ember in the Ashes)
"An extravagant feast of a book - spicy and bloody, dizzyingly magical, and still, somehow, utterly believable." (Laini Taylor, Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author)
"A richly imagined, stunningly immersive book that takes you into a world. You will race to the end of this bold and brilliant debut." (Ausma Zehanat Khan, award-winning author of the The Bloodprint)

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I loved everything in this dazzling book that swept me off my feet and sent me into the complicated Daeva/Djinn's world. Political intrigue, courageous heroine, fierce love interest

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  • Carolyn
  • 27/09/2018

Fabulous characters and world-building and plot

It’s been a long time since I read a fantasy that felt new. This one does. The world feels real and consistent and magical, the characters are whole people with all that entails, and even the food is enticing. More, please!

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  • Silla
  • 01/11/2019

Give it a chance past the first hour

The tale starts with a boringly predictable love interest growing. Several occasions of the reader being obviously hinted to know things before the unwitting characters finally find out, simple plot twists, etc. Both make the story seem like one more standard love triangle with magic, rags to riches tale without much interesting to offer.

Then we get to the second part of the tale with palace, family and heritage politics and much more interesting characters being introduced. This is where the story becomes worth its stars, unpredictability makes you interested to know what happens next. The aforementioned three elements of interest have long histories to twist and affect the tale, making it an enjoyable listen.

The performance is clear and emotional although strangely unfitting inflections are somewhat irritating.

All in all a recommended listen for easy entertainment.

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  • AKB
  • 02/06/2019

Good story but the romance was overdone

The story and overall world were impressive and believable, so kudos to the author for that. From my perspective, the love triangle/quadrangle/quintangle was overdone, and for large part overwhelmed the rest of the story, to the point where major plot points were often ignored for hours on end (or more).

A good book, but more plot and less romantic angst please. Not sure I will be able to stomach a sequel if the balance stays as is.