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    Return to Daevabad in the spellbinding sequel to The City of Brass.

    In Daevabad, where djinn can summon flames with a snap of their fingers, where rivers run deep with ancient magic, and blood can be as dangerous as any spell, a clever con artist from Cairo will alter the fate of a kingdom.

    Nahri’s life changed forever when she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad, she needed all of her grifter instincts to survive. Now, as Nahri embraces her heritage and her power, she must forge a new path.

    Exiled for daring to defy his father, Ali is adrift on the unforgiving sands of his ancestral land, hunted by assassins and forced to rely on frightening new abilities that threaten to reveal a terrible family secret.

    And as a new century approaches and the djinn gather within Daevabad's brass walls to celebrate, a power in the desolate north will bring a storm of fire straight to the city’s gates....

    ©2019 S. A. Chakraborty (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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    • Moxie
    • 20/04/2021

    Three and a half stars rounded up

    If the first book had pacing issues, this one quickly ramps up to a dizzying whorl of political machinations, ravishing magic, and action. The character development is likewise improved.

    But like the first one, this book also has some things I didn't like - in spite of some additional depth and greater variety of characters, most of them are still rather flat. Each has a main issue or trait that defines them, and that is as complex as it gets. Minor characters are even flatter, simplisticly echoing a defining group characteristic or role.

    Nahri, as the main character, is the most flawed in this respect. She seems to trudge through in an entirely powerless fashion, meek and lacking any resistance, but when it is needed for the plot to move forward, she pulls some incredible magic or political maneuver out of her hat. All while never having a single thought or belief that isn't purely good and largely also naive.

    Her ingenue-like wide-eyed naivete wasn't believable in the first book, given her upbringing as a street urchin and con artist, and after five years at court as part of the royal family through a political marriage, and a kind of high priestess of the Daeva people, it is even more eye roll inducing.

    Towards the end, the action gets extremely violent and gory, and yet it is somehow hard to take seriously or feel bad about, because the people don't seem real and there is a fable-like distance between them and me as the reader.

    But the excitement and world building make me feel that the score deserves to be rounded up rather than down.

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    • Svenja
    • 13/08/2020

    Brilliant!

    Absolutely fantastic, in every sense of the word. Intricate, unconventional fantasy world and utterly captivating story telling. I can't recommend this trilogy highly enough!