Saturday, April 8, 2017

Pre Pub Book Buzz: City of Brass by S A. Chakraborty

Readers, listen up. City of Brass is an absolutely amazing book. Amazing! This debut fantasy blends Middle East history with fantasy and folklore in one of the most enchanting and unputdownable reads I've had the pleasure of diving into. 

It's already garnering praise and landing on must read and must have lists. And the best news, it's the first in a trilogy!

Here's a bit about the book from Goodreads:

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. 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 and a reliable way to survive.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought existed only in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her an extraordinary tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling birds of prey are more than what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass—a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In Daevabad, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. A young prince who will never be king dreams of rebellion. When Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say to be careful what you wish for. . .

If you're not sold yet, the good folks over at io9 shared an excerpt this week. You can check that out here

City of Brass doesn't hit shelves until November, but if you're in the New York area, the author already has events lined up. If you have a chance, you should definitely attend. And if, like me, you're not in the NYC area, add this one to your must buy list and pre order it as soon as you possibly can!

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