Another source of disappointment for me was the political aspects and the inner workings of Daevabad. In a flash, the evil possessor spirit and a large number of its dead minions are on her like decay on a corpse. Pick up any random adult high fantasy book and it will have as much worldbuilding as this one. She was so annoying and infuriating for most of the book. Ali is a very devout young 18 man.
Yet, we do get to briefly see how some of the Turkish people treated the Egyptians, and we even get to see some French Soldiers. Ali, who is perhaps more religious than the rest of his family, is troubled by how this cruel treatment of mixed-bloods goes against the teachings of his god, and yet he also loves his brother, whom he has pledged to serve when Muntadhir becomes king. She is one of two main characters in this book. Think sundry Middle East rulers with tribally diverse populations. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss.
She has a smart mouth and doesn't really take crap from anyone. Dad would not be pleased were he to learn that junior was giving money to an organization that purports to offer civilian-only aid to shafit, but is also rumored to be involved in a more military form of activity. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles. If you are looking for the fight focused, swords clashing kind of fantasy, this is not it. The Sea of Baal: For levels 5-8. Also, the romance: I didn't ship it, but I was totally here for it. Things only got more interesting when Dara entered the picture.
Chakraborty won back my enthusiasm with a rousing game-changer of an ending. This is my issue with Islam representation in the mainstream media. The gleaming towers and floating platforms of the city hold terrors and wonders such as the Great Repository and the Minaret of Screams. And he's very realisticly potrayed; he have misconceptions about people but when he get to know about them, he started liking them. I am going to be throwing this book at people when it releases in November! Dara quickly enchants a magic carpet and, dragging along the reluctant Nahri, he flees with her toward Daevabad, the legendary city of brass inhabited by magical djinn or, more properly, daeva.
Once they reach Daevabad, the great city of brass, the plot slows down and gets a little muddled. I mean I have a vague understanding, but it is very vague. Right away, he recognizes Nahri for what she really is—something not all entirely human—and soon the two of them are on the run, trying to say one step ahead of the dark forces pursuing them. That was my first i As always, I want to let others know that I received this book as a gift from my publishers. The City of Brass is re-imagined for the new renaissance of fantasy role playing games, brought to you in the epic style of old school fantasy campaigns of yesteryear.
His innocence and naiveté notwithstanding, I just love what a good, kind, and compassionate person he is. This book is heartfelt and powerful. But that shouldn't stop us from enjoying it, right? I need the second book A S A P. I honestly loved the writing and how it complimented the story very well. Do not attempt to call anyone out.
The worst part is, the main character is mostly unaware of them. Now, I do think this book had some pacing problems. And that diversity amongst the Muslims themselves is a welcome representation but it was far from being an accurate one in this case: piousness and pure intentions would never serve as a reason to be shunned and belittled in your own Muslim community—and especially not by the majority. Are we really still pretending like we care? But our dear Nahri though, is something completely different, very rare, and very sought after. Second, I would stop mid-sentence and paragraph several times. It reads like an adult political fantasy tome because it is an adult political fantasy tome.
We should judge this book on its own merits, not because of who the author is or isn't. I can't wait for the sequel and see it explode. Not only it is ownvoices Muslim high fantasy set in Egypt, it's also one of the most interesting fantasy worlds I've read in a while. She was sharp-tongued, independent and a likeable con artist, who makes her living on the streets of Cairo by swindling nobles and also has the ability to sense illness in others and to heal some ailments. My players were transported by a freed efreet to the City of Brass they were trying to escape a prison plane. He is extremely adept at sword-fighting and has gained a good reputation among the other student-warriors at the Citadel, a military training school not in South Carolina where he has been living and training for some years. I'm also going to cover this review with a disclaimer in saying that I think plenty of readers will enjoy this book.
The descriptions are vivid which makes it a lot easier to imagine the setting and understand how everything is and where everything goes. This is the Islam I grew up being taught. Nahri is living in what appears to be 18th-century Cairo, earning her money as a fortune-teller, a con artist and a leader of zars rituals for the exorcism of evil spirits , dwelling on her ability to sense illness in others and to heal some ailments, speaking a language that she inherited from her long-dead parents and that was as unknowable to her as it was to anyone else, and generally hiding from the many questions about herself and her upbringing that she needed to stare down. I found myself immediately drawn to Nahri, for example, even when she was immediately revealed to be a thief and con artist, performing fake palm readings and healings. And even worse, Nahri continuously puts substantial effort into pleasing him for no reason other than that she feels like she owes him the benefit of the doubt after saving her life and bringing her to Daevabad, even when it was at the expense of everyone else. But I will say, the ending of this book ripped my heart out three times, so be prepared for that.