Lush, Magical and Absolutely Perfect // REVIEW: The Kingdom Of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty

Title: The Kingdom of Copper (Daevabad Trilogy #2)
Author: S. A. Chakraborty
Publication Date: January 29th, 2019
Publisher: Harper Voyager UK
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 2/3 of the Daevabad Trilogy
I Got A Copy Through: HarperCollins India (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabadand quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there.
Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of the battle that saw Dara slain at Prince Ali’s hand, Nahri must forge a new path for herself, without the protection of the guardian who stole her heart or the counsel of the prince she considered a friend. But even as she embraces her heritage and the power it holds, she knows she’s been trapped in a gilded cage, watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her familyand one misstep will doom her tribe.
Meanwhile, Ali has been exiled for daring to defy his father. Hunted by assassins, adrift on the unforgiving copper sands of his ancestral land, he is forced to rely on the frightening abilities the maridthe unpredictable water spiritshave gifted him. But in doing so, he threatens to unearth a terrible secret his family has long kept buried.
And as a new century approaches and the djinn gather within Daevabad's towering brass walls for celebrations, a threat brews unseen in the desolate north. It’s a force that would bring a storm of fire straight to the city’s gates . . . and one that seeks the aid of a warrior trapped between worlds, torn between a violent duty he can never escape and a peace he fears he will never deserve. 

Before diving into the Daevabad trilogy, if someone asked me what my favourite book was, I’d stare at them AGHAST. HOW COULD I, A READER, PICK JUST ONE FAVOURITE BOOK? It was an impossible task. Ask me today, and I will SHOVE The Daevabad Trilogy in your face.

I’ll say it again, just for clarity: The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper are the best books I’ve ever read. EVER.

*pauses for dramatic effect*

To say that I was DESPERATELY WAITING for The Kingdom of Copper ever since I was in the middle of its prequel, The City of Brass is an understatement. I NEEDED TO READ THIS BOOK. And then, after I actually got it, I was scared of starting because this meant I WOULD HAVE TO WAIT FOR ALMOST A YEAR FOR THE NEXT BOOK. Long story short? The temptation got to be too much, I dove in and now I’m broken.

MY THOUGHTS:


1.       If I had to pick one of the reasons I love this series so much, it would have to be because of Ali and Nahri. Not just their beautifully constructed and developed characters, but the fact that these books are about good intentions and providing a better life to the people in their magical city that they are in that other rulers forget about in an attempt to gain or retain power. I don’t think this adequately covers what The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper hold within their pages but these books are FIERCE in breaking prejudices, in their explanation of centuries-old hatred, politics and family ties and in creating a world so lush, I actually want to live in it. To put it bluntly, this book is real and magical all at the same time and I AM ENTRANCED BY ALL OF IT.

2.       I just want to circle back to Ali and Nahri again. I am in LOVE with them as individual characters – their spirit, their hopes, and their shrewdness. Even within two books, I can see how much they’ve grown and I honestly just want to hug both of them.

3.       I usually read descriptions once in a book. They barely register in my head, but when it came to The Kingdom of Copper, I made sure to read descriptions again and again all so that I could feel like I was a part of this world.

 
4.       THE POLITICS. THE WORLD BUILDING. THE WAR. THE MORALLY GRAY CHARACTERS. THE INTRIGUE.

5.       A special mention to Jamshid, Muntadhir, Hatset and Zaynab who were WONDERFUL secondary characters and I WILL MISS THEM SO MUCH AFTER THE NEXT BOOK.

Would I recommend this book? YES. YES. YES. YES. BUY THESE BOOKS AND DIVE IN. If you love them a fraction as much as I do, let me know and I WILL FANGIRL WITH YOU THANKS.

An absolutely perfect novel filled with politics, magic, family, and characters you’ll love till the end of time. GO GET YOUR HANDS ON IT. 

S.A. Chakraborty
S. A. Chakraborty is a speculative fiction writer from New York City. Her debut, The City of Brass, was the first book in The Daevabad Trilogy and has been short-listed for the Locus, British Fantasy and World Fantasy awards. When not buried in books about Mughal miniatures and Abbasid political intrigue, she enjoys hiking, knitting, and recreating unnecessarily complicated medieval meals for her family. You can find her online at www.sachakraborty.com or on Twitter at @SAChakrabooks where she likes to talk about history, politics, and Islamic art.
HAVE YOU READ The City of Brass or The Kingdom of Copper yet?
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