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City of Brass
City of Brass | S A Chakraborty
"An extravagant feast of a book--spicy and bloody, dizzyingly magical, and still, somehow, utterly believable." -Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Strange the DreamerStep into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty, an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and Uprooted, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts.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 trades she uses to get by--palm readings, zars, and a mysterious gift for healing--are all tricks, both the means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive. But when Nahri accidentally summons Dara, an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior, to her side during one of her cons, she's forced to reconsider her beliefs. For Dara tells Nahri 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, within gilded brass walls laced with enchantments and behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments run deep. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, her arrival threatens to ignite a war that has been simmering for centuries. Spurning Dara's warning of the treachery surrounding her, she embarks on a hesitant friendship with Alizayd, an idealistic prince who dreams of revolutionizing his father's corrupt regime. All too soon, Nahri 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 . . .Advance praise for The City of Brass"Highly impressive and exceptionally promising." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"Chakraborty's grasp of Middle Eastern history, folklore, and culture inspires a swiftly moving plot, richly drawn characters, and a beautifully constructed world that will entrance fantasy aficionados." -Library Journal (starred review)"Vivid descriptions percolate the lush prose, and a final twist leaves room for a sequel. Recommend this scintillating, Middle Eastern fantasy to fans of thoughtful, mystical adventures." -Booklist"The City of Brass is the best adult fantasy I've read since The Name of the Wind. It's stunning and complex and consuming and fantastic." -Sabaa Tahir"An opulent masterpiece...The City of Brass is a must-read." -Roshani Chokshi
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kierathedreamer
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Last week the cover for Empire of Gold was revealed and now I‘m (im)patiently waiting for January so I can get my hands on the final instalment of this series!

brit91 Those covers are so beautiful!😍📚 1w
kierathedreamer @brit91 I adore them 🥰 1w
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lorannen
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I finished the last 200 pages in less than 24 hrs - 2x my usual reading quota for the day and a ringing endorsement to boot.

If you enjoy the settings of The 1,001 Nights or Aladdin, but with lots of political intrigue, history, and modern sensibilities, give this one a shot. Bonus: if you have some basic knowledge of Arabic, you'll get some fun jokes, too.

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lorannen
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After breakfast on the weekend, Momo helps me with my reading. She thinks this one's kind of a snooze-fest, but I disagree.

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cleoh
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okay, this last year has been a whirlwind- graduating and then trying to balance a full time job (at a bookstore!!!) with the rest of my life has been something else. i haven‘t been on here as much as I want to be, but i got some exciting news i wanted to share: i got into my grad program and will be starting my Masters in Library and Information Sciences in September! Future #litsylibrarian coming your way 😁

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lorannen
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It's about time I read this one, eh @ph9k?

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litenthusiast
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So far, I'm enjoying this book immensely. This is why I love book clubs, it makes me read books I would never choose myself. Happy Monday Litsy friends!

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Deifio
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Wow! Thank you @ItsAngel!
This is amazing! Am speechless! The last package arrived just today!
@TheReadingMermaid
#mysterymessageswap

gradcat Cute stickers! 1mo
ItsAngel I am so happy you received it all and like it. ❤️😊 2w
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hwheaties
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I bought the second before I finished this one!!

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Pedrocamacho
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This book took a while to grab me. However, once it did I found myself enjoying the story. I‘m ready for the second installment 😊

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cherinium
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I struggled a bit with this book, as it is fantasy rooted in Muslim history/lore (a fairly unfamiliar topic). At the same time, I loved this book for the exact same reasons. The beginning was pretty slow for me. It could have been me struggling to keep up with so many unfamiliar words/names/language, but I feel the plot was also lacking early on. Half way through, I was more invested. I did audio, which helped with pronunciations. 🌟🌟🌟

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TheBookbabeblog84
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Spending a little time distracting myself from the actual books I need to be finishing. #books #booklover #diversereading

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the-woman-who-read-everything
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Audiobook and a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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hwheaties
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Current fiction read 😀

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KtheBookwyrm
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Wow! Reading along, I was all “this is a solid 4 star read” I get to the last couple hundred pages and here I am 2 hours past when I usually fall asleep, having just finished a great 5 star book. I have a ridiculous stack of books from the library and I‘m sorely tempted to jump straight into kingdom of copper right now. Alas, sleep and responsibilities.

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KtheBookwyrm
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I wanted to get a good start on this before I officially committed to reading it. Nearly 100 pages in and I‘m ready to say I am definitely planning on finishing this, barring some bizarre turn-around that ruins the story. Very interesting word building so far, especially since I‘m unfamiliar with the folklore/mythology/culture that is the inspiration behind this story.

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AutumnRLS
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Had to stop at Barnes and Noble (which is at the halfway point on a 3 1/2 hour drive home from visiting family) and treat myself. I am so looking forward to reading this. My TBR is seriously out of control though. I could not buy another book for like three or four years and not run out of reading material. Lol. Oh well, they all spark joy!

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AmyG
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Thank you @BethM for such a wonderful swap!!! The books are great- City of Brass and Court of Thorns were on my radar- and the other two look so good. And flavored coffee (my favorite), a paperback book case which I‘ve never seen before! And the other goodies.....just a fabulous swap. Thank you again. 😘

@Avanders #SFFS #SciFiFantasySwap

LibrarianRyan Hounded is fun. Kevin Hearn books are just fun in general. Nice swap 3mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz What a great package! 😍😍I've never heard of a paperback case too! Pray where can I get it? 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m curious about the paperback case. Do show a clearer pic of it 😙 3mo
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wanderinglynn Agree with @LibrarianRyan — Kevin Hearne books are fun! I love the Iron Druid series. 👍🏻 3mo
TheBookKeepers A court of thorns and roses!! Read that first!!!!!!! SO GOOD! I also enjoyed city of brass! Excellent swap goodies ❤️ 3mo
BethM I‘m so glad you liked it all! Some of my all time faves there! I‘d never seen the paperback case either which is what compelled me to get it. @Jee_HookedOnBookz I found it at Half Price Books. 3mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @BethM oh I've never heard of them! Is it an online store? 3mo
AmyG @BethM I love nothing more than when someone tells me a book is one of their all time favorite. I can‘t wait to read them. Thanks again. 3mo
BethM @Jee_HookedOnBookz they have an online presence but are a chain. (edited) 3mo
Avanders 🧬🦄♥️👏🏽👏🏽 Ooooh man, that is one of my favorites!! 3mo
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KtheBookwyrm
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So many good books coming up in April. Particularly looking forward to Tiamat‘s Wrath

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Cityofamber
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Mehso-so

This was a little slow for sure a long book. But another #BOTM pick down 😂

jenniferw88 This was a #freakyfriday pick for me. I agree it's slow but it slowly grew on me. 4mo
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Books.Bottles.and.Babies
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I am in love with this book so far! I haven't had as much time as I would liked to read this weekend so far so I'm only about halfway, but I'm going to try to finish it before Monday. I already bought book 2 so I can start right away! 😍👍💕🧞#currentlyreading #cityofbrass

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Books.Bottles.and.Babies
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Finally starting this beauty! Who has read this one? What are your *spoiler-free* thoughts???

#currentlyreading #cityofbrass

Bookartbookmarks Just picked up the second. First is so good and unique! Enjoy! 4mo
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M.V
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Started this on top of many other open books. Figured I needed a change and this audiobook provides it by both genre and voice. And it is perfect from the first "page"! Thanks Litsy for bringing this book my way. (Also what even possessed me to think I was cured of reading more than one at the same time?)

Slajaunie You will never be cured but that is okay. 🤪 4mo
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Ke633
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Haven‘t read this but definitely in my TBR

DGRachel Soooooo good! 4mo
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Gomer-andthebooks
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Just started this...and I like it, but some of the words are hard to pronounce because they are Arabic. I definitely think I will learn something from this book besides the plot! It makes it interesting. I just have to rely on the glossary and Google!

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Ayotte
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Loved the book, the book was well written that you would be surprised to find out it‘a S.A. Chakraborty debut novel.

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Mccartershanon
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AAAAAA I HAVE TO LOVE 😱😱

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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#onyourtbr #riotgrams

Blew March's budget for books a little early on the Audible sale. But totally worth it.

Also, whoever came up with the first in a series sale is a genius. Not good for my budget, but probably really good for Audible.

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MartinaLove
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5/5 🌟
One of my favorites read this year so far!
The world is so interesting. The politics and history makes the story even better, richer. The characters were unique and each one of them bring something special to the story. Very easy to read and to understand. This book has definitely lock me up into it's world.
Loved it!

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Deborah42
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Muslim-inspired high fantasy with a lot of worldbuilding and a focus on the complex political squabbles between the various djinn tribes.

Nahri is an orphan who has used her wits and her gift for healing to survive on her own in 18th century Cairo. She is a skilled con woman who gleefully steals from noblemen who cross her path. When she accidentally summons a powerful djinn, her life will never be the same.

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Jess_Franzino
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Bailedbailed

Bailing on this book was SO hard. I kept being in denial over needing to bail, but after 170 pages, (and a week & a half of setting it aside to ‘revisit‘), I need to bail and move on. I don‘t know WHY, the writing is great and the world is fascinating. It seems like it‘s exactly up my alley. However, I keep SLUDGING through it. Like, 8 pages in 20 minutes, which is WEIRD. Maybe it‘s the pacing? I don‘t know. I‘m so confused 😢😢😢

mandi1082 I tried to read this too but couldn't get through it, so I finished it by listening to the audiobook which was a little better. Still did not like it all that much. 5mo
Jess_Franzino @mandi1082 Glad I‘m not the only one. I‘m SO surprised that I found myself struggling so much with it. It‘s exactly the type of book I like. Perhaps I‘ll try audio. 5mo
ulrichyumiodd Aww, I‘m so sorry about that! I‘m still reading the second one, but I‘m loving it. 5mo
Jess_Franzino @ulrichyumiodd No worries ♥️ I‘m likely going to try it again in a few months, or perhaps on Audible. The only issue I seem to have with it is the pacing, so listening to it might fix that. 5mo
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MartinaLove
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Relaxing. 🐶🤗📖

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MartinaLove
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Currently reading The City of Brass with my little dog, Romy. 📚

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Jen_Reads
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Here‘s hoping that the fireworks are over for the night. I‘m sick of my dogs barking. My cats, however, could care less.

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emmaturi
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It took me two days to get through this book. It is fanastic, such an interesting world she brings to life. I can't wait to get the next one! #thecityofbrass #bookcover #fantasybooks

readordierachel Love that edition 😍 6mo
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Jen_Reads
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Interesting day today. While watching Tv we heard a noise that was crazy loud. Thought it was a car at first, but it turned out to be the biggest murder of crows I‘ve ever seen gathered in the cemetery near my house. Went to investigate and a hawk had killed a crow and well who knew birds ate other birds. Nature is crazy.

Anyway...as much as I love the Christina Lauren book I‘m reading I‘m in the mood for fantasy and this book keep popping up.

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BridgetteM
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I recently won a free audio download of Kingdom of Copper from Harper Audio. (Yay!) I‘ve had City of Brass from Audible for a while, but hadn‘t listened to it. I‘m powering through it now and it is amazing! It‘s everything I love about fantasy. Hoping to finish it today so I can start book two!

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Weisubei
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Mehso-so

3.3 out of 5.0
This book started really great, an orphan girl living as a con artist in Cairo, she has weird ability to detect sickness in people and heal people. In one of her performance as shaman she accidentally calls upon an ancient powerful warrior-djinn called Dara.
I can't say I don't like the book, it's just after arriving at Daevabad Nahri kinda lost her charm, and the backstory of the characters are pretty confusing and shrouded.

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Weisubei
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FINALLY finishing this book today!

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The.Intentional.Reader
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Ladies and gents, if you have not read this yet please realize you are missing out on some good stuff. I love this book! Magic, djinn 🧞‍♂️, a thousand and one nights atmosphere- it is truly magical. Put it on your TBR list now 😁

InBooksILive I LOVED this book too! It was one of my favorite reads out of all the books I read last year 6mo
RedbagReadbooks The second book came out last week 🥰🥰🥰 6mo
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bbackes
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After a long journey by the sea with Robin Hobb

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sprainedbrain
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#24in48 catchup post. Here‘s my #bookshelfie for the hour 12 challenge.

Taken with a tbr shelf because it‘s the only tall one that I have... this shelf features all of my unread BOTM books. I cancelled a year ago and am down to ONLY 25 to read. 😳😂

parttimedomestic 😂 I think a lot of us are guilty of a BOTM backlog! 6mo
sprainedbrain @parttimedomestic I take comfort in knowing I‘m not alone. 😅 6mo
Reviewsbylola 😍😍🥰 6mo
AnnieReads When I joined BOTM I made an agreement with myself that if I didn‘t stay caught up on reading them I would have to cancel my subscription. 2 years later and I can proudly say I have no BOTM backlog. ☺️ 6mo
sprainedbrain @AnnieReads You should be proud! I had no such plan, and apparently still don‘t. 😂 6mo
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imyril
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“It would be in a book—” “Oh, my child …” His father‘s eyes were filled with sorrow. “Not everything is in a book.”

THE HORROR 😱😱😱

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CareBear
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Playing hooky from work today because this book is SO. GOOD. 🤐 #catsoflitsy #penny #newyearwhodis

sherryvdh Best reason to miss work! We should all get "this book is too good to put down" days from work. ? 6mo
monalyisha HA! 6mo
CareBear @sherryvdh agreed! I‘ll lobby for it in my next review 😉 6mo
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aeeklund The BEST kind of hooky!! 6mo
UwannaPublishme Best reason to stay home from work! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
CareBear @sherryvdh I just noticed today was release day for the second one! I may need to go get it! 6mo
sherryvdh @CareBear I didn't even realize it was today! I'm first on the hold list for it at the library, so hopefully it'll be in my hands soon! 6mo
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imyril
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“There was an entire class of djinn who spent their lives traveling from human library to human library, meticulously copying its works and sending them back to be archived in Daevabad.”

Hands up who would like to read a book just about them?!?! 📚

🖐

LittleBug 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼 6mo
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CareBear
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I have been so pleased with @sherryvdh ‘s favorite reads of 2018 so far! Starting book number 3 for #newyearwhodis — Saturday morning reading means tax season has officially begun! #catsoflitsy #penny

Lcsmcat 😻 6mo
sherryvdh I'm so glad you're enjoying them! That one is probably my most favorite read of last year. 6mo
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DGRachel
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Finished my reread via audio in two days so I can now start Kingdom of Copper! I LOVE this debut novel. It‘s a fantastic world with fascinating characters. It ends with one hell of a cliffhanger and the last two hours of the audio will leave you an emotional wreck. I fully expect the sequel to be just as devastating. Not a huge fan of the narrator, but she‘s not the worst. Highly recommend reading in print, though, like I did last year.

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imyril
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It‘s been under a year since my first encounter with Chakraborty‘s book and oh my delight in this reread. It‘s every bit as good as I recall - maybe better.

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imyril
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I know I know I‘m juggling too many books and I should finish the ones I‘ve started. I should be doing other things than practice bread making too, but it‘s a reread and fresh bread sort of week, okay?

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cocomass
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I‘ve been really excited about fantasy rooted in culture and lore beyond medieval Europe, and finally got around to listening to this one. The world building here is excellent and I love fantasy books centered on intrigue and political machinations. I also enjoyed both POV characters. There were a couple of elements that I didn‘t love, and the ending dragged, but ultimately this was a lot fun, and beautifully conceived. Looking forward to book 2!

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