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The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

tonyanicole's review

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adventurous challenging emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.75

noxnight's review

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4.0

Creates quite a detailed and interesting world, I just got a little lost in it part way through. It didn't quite keep up momentum.

tsukino's review

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adventurous dark emotional funny informative mysterious reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

alwaysbooking's review

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5.0

I am seriously fangirling over this book!! I’m not even sure I can put into words how much I love this book. I have had the worst book hangover since finishing it. This may be one of my highly recommended books of 2018!!

The world building in this book is AMAZING… I was reeled in from the very beginning. This author knows exactly what they are doing! I truly felt like I was in the story which is the best feeling the world. There was so much in this first book yet I never felt lost or confused, it was rich with culture and history. Yet everything had a dark side to there was discrimination, religious fanatics, genocide. You get two sides to EVERYTHING so you get the good the bad and the ugly. I feel like I might be babbling a bit but this book was just amazing.

Let’s start with Nahri stubborn yet strong, this young woman is a great character. She has grown up on the streets and has learned early not to trust so easily. Nahri herself can make up lies to live off of. I’m not going to spoil anything for you but when she accidently summons Dara a Djinn warrior to protect her things start to get a little sticky. Nahri is such an amazing character for a woman to read about, she is the first character I read about that has to cover her hair and face with a niqāb. Learning about her culture throughout this book and appreciating it so much more was such a wonderful experience for me. Not only that she is pretty bad ass… she doesn’t wait on men to rescue her which I find so great!

Dara I found to be quite a complicated character… I was very unsure whether to hate him or love him. At first I found him rather crass and complicated but once you obviously get to know the couple hundred year old warrior you get his backstory you start to see some reasons behind it. Not all people get a pass at being a complete pass on being a jerk all the time though. He is a slave no matter how you look at though and until he is set free I don’t think we will actually know how he really is. Right now he is a mixture of horrendous and honorable at the same time if that is even possible.

Ali may be my favorite character, I really thought it was going to be Nahri then I met him. Ali is such an incredibly gentle soul, he is such a completely genuine character. He wholeheartedly believes that everyone is always telling him the truth and they only want the best for them. However he does show his strong side throughout the book, he is a wonderfully strong warrior and I was very surprised by this. He cares so much about his family however that strong connection is what causes conflict for him in this book.

I can’t even begin to explain how much I loved everything about this book. It has everything anyone could possibly want in it. I really tried to do a non-spoiler review, I know a lot of people have already read this book, but a lot of people haven’t.

carlotta_schmitz_3005's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.0

klutzyhands's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

junggi's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging emotional mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

Negyed csillag levonás a fordítás miatt, mert borzasztó idegesítő volt néha, hogy a neveket így is írták, meg úgyis írták egy mondaton belül is. Nem vártam volna, hogy ennyire fog tetszeni ez a könyv, és rettenetesen sajnálom, hogy nem lehet kapni a folytatást és hogy nem vettem meg akkor, amikor még kapható volt. A végére érve azért már látszik, hogy ez még csak a bemelegítés volt. Kíváncsi vagyok, ki lesz Alival, Daraval, Nahrival, de legfőképp Dzsamséddel. Pipa leszek, ha nem kapja meg a boldog befejezést.
bár az alapján, ami kiderült róla így a végére, Gasszán pápa azzal jár a legjobban, ha Muntadzirhoz Dzsamsédot adja. Kíváncsi vagyok, mikor fog kiderülni, hogy amúgy neki kell a trónon ülnie.
cawpile. A karakterek izgalmasak voltak, bár kissé tipikusak. A lány, aki nehéz életet él, aztán hirtelen kiderül róla, hogy hercegnő. Tökös, ügyes és okos. A herceg, aki jót akar, de túlságosan naiv, és emiatt többet árt, mint használ. A titokzatos harcos, akinek rengeteg vér tapad a kezéhez. Meg ugye Dzsamséd, akiből túl kevés volt a könyvben. Remélem, a következőkben nagyobb szerepet kap. Az atmosphere wow. Végig Egyiptomban éreztem magam úgy, hogy még sosem jártam ott. Nagyon tetszett, ahogy behozta a vallást és mitológiát. A stílusa is jó volt, bár a fordítás az fájt egy párszor. A pacing rendben volt. Nem éreztem, hogy hullámzott volna, nem volt unalmas, nem is volt túl gyors. Intrigue majdnem végig nagyon volt. Hamar a szívembe zártam a karaktereket, és a legjobbat akartam nekik. Fájt látni az igazságtalanságot. Ezért lenne jó most azonnal folytatni :D logic. Nem éreztem sehol, hogy kilógna a lóláb. Úgy éreztem, a karakterek olyan döntéseket hoznak, amik logikusak. Összességében nagyon tetszett. Rég volt, hogy valami ennyire betalált volna. És nagyon boldog vagyok, hogy ezt a könyvet ilyen különlegesen olvashattam el 🥰

koldb's review

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adventurous mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

darkastlemaster's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional medium-paced

3.75

ellietonkin's review against another edition

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It started out pretty strong and I liked Nahri/the setting of eighteenth century Cairo but the pacing felt off, Dara and Nahri’s dynamic just didn’t appeal to me at all, I found the dialogue to be stilted at times and the other POV was a bit confusing and prematurely done? (I really wanted to see Daevabad first through Nahri’s eyes!) So, I gave it 100-ish pages and called it a day as I feel like my issues with this book will only get worse and I really wanted to enjoy it. Also the font choice is awful, who chose it?! It’s so small, it hurt my eyes as I had to squint to read. I loved The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi so I’m really saddened by my feelings on this book.