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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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JuliaTheBookNerd
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Starting a new trilogy, it seems to be the year of trilogies at least so far 😜

#BookNerd 🤓💙📚

Bookwormjillk Love this one 1mo
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Nessavamusic
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My feelings on this are mixed. The good: very interesting world building and magic system, and the ending was gasp inducing. The not so good: the sort of love triangle that felt shoehorned in to follow the popularity of SJM like stories. I sort of want to continue but somewhat don‘t want to. This is a solid bridge fantasy moving from YA to adult books. 3.5⭐️
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kwmg40 I agree with your review. I'd read the first two books and did enjoy them but somehow never got motivated enough to finish the trilogy. 2mo
Roary47 I finished the series and really liked the first one, but the other two were meh. I didn‘t like the love triangle either. 2mo
Nessavamusic @kwmg40 @Roary47 thank you! Knowing this I probably will not continue. 2mo
Emilymdxn ❄️❄️❄️ 2mo
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GatheringBooks
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#IdiomInsight Day 26: A lot of #StabInTheBack moments in this novel that I have abandoned for the meanwhile. I hope to get back to this soon enough.

LeahBergen Mango sticky rice! 🧡 5mo
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#IdiomInsight Day 7: This one is leading readers on a merry #WildGooseChase but it‘s not really reaching me - too lost in the intricacies of its own plot - so I shelved it for the meanwhile. Is it worth coming back to?

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful and yum 😋 6mo
Eggs Only your heart will know…🍍 6mo
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Nahri: “Did you just set me on fire?
Dara: “You wouldn‘t wake! I thought it might help.”

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GatheringBooks
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#BookBinge Day 21: This was an #AnticipatedFiveStarRead - based on Amina Al Sirafi, but I am super struggling with it. May be because this is the author‘s first novel? But it‘s too detail-specific and too many things happening, I am unable to keep up. Please tell me it gets better if others have already read this? Unless it doesn‘t of course, lols.

batsy And now I'm craving Nando's at midnight, lol 🍗 6mo
Eggs 🧡🍽️🖤 6mo
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GatheringBooks
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#BookBinge Day 17: This one features a #NonHumanProtag - well, only half-human, that is. Still in the first few chapters so not sure exactly what Nahri is. This is slower than Amina Al Sirafi and I do struggle with it a bit, but still keeping on. Nachos with strawberry and cherry margarita - non-alcoholic of course because Middle East. 💕

Eggs Mouth watering 🥰🤗 6mo
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I'm going to join this fat lazy cat in my bed and see if I can't manage to finish up this book this evening.

Charlie loves my husband, and only tolerates me on occasion, so we'll see how long he lasts with me. 😂

Anyone else have wild, crazy plans like mine for Friday night? 😉

LocalTXLibrarian going to work my way through some more of The Stand tonight 😉 hoping to finish it sometime this weekend 😊 9mo
dabbe Hello, Charming Charlie! 🖤🐾🖤 9mo
Slajaunie I have exactly the same plans! Enjoy‘ 9mo
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julesG
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Couldn't stop reading, stayed up until the wee hours to finish it. Thank you to everyone who kept telling me to give this series a try.

Loved the characters. The writing is good (especially for a debut novel). It never felt as epic as it actually is. The 500+ pages flew by.

The advantage of starting a series late: I get to fall into the next book right away. 😁

#SeriesLove2023 @TheSpineView @Andrew65
#20in4 #readathon

LoveToReadLiveToRead I‘ve had this on my kindle for ages but not read it. I recently read and loved Amina Al-Sirafi recently so I‘m hoping to pick this up soon! 9mo
Andrew65 That‘s a great review. I obviously ned to get to this series too. Well done 👏👏👏 9mo
TheSpineView Well done! So glad you enjoyed 9mo
TrishB I think I have somewhere! 9mo
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julesG
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In my quest to start as many series as possible, for #SeriesLove2023 of course, I've also started the Daevabad series.

@TheSpineView @Andrew65

#20in4 #readathon

TheSpineView I have at least 20 going on at the moment. 9mo
Andrew65 Will be interested to see what you think of this. Enjoy. 9mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView I daren‘t count how many I have on the go. 🤷‍♂️ 9mo
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majkia
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Excellent start to the series. Complex characters, surprising plot, nicely written.

#SeriesLove2023 @Andrew65 @TheSpineView
#BacklistReadathon @clwojick @TheAromaofBooks

Andrew65 A series I want to get to. Well done 👏👏👏 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 9mo
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majkia
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Reading two books right now.

1. City of Brass set in Cairo and the desert around it, and An Untimely Frost set in Chicago and surroundings.

2. Not really. So long as it is nicely described.

3. Space! I'm a sci fi fan, so anything set in space or even future Earth.

@eggs Thanks for the tag! #WondrousWednesday

Eggs No 2 responses the same today! Well done and thanks for joining in 🙌🏻🙌🏻 9mo
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majkia
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Focusing on this series this week. Hopefully the library will come through with the second book. I've got number one.

@Clwojick @TheAromaofBooks

#BacklistReadathon

Clwojick Looks great! Good luck! 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Glad to have you along!! 10mo
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fortune_bookie
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To keep walking a path between loyalty to your family and loyalty to what you know is right. One of these days, you‘re going to have to make a choice.

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Super_Jane
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4/5🌕🌕🌕🌕

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Sarahannereadsbooks
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I could not put this book after the first 100 pages. It was thrilling, funny, fantastical and had some really emotional moments. I loved it. So much so, that as soon as I finished it I immediately started the second book.

This book has everything, politics, adventure, history, magic, humour, emotion and a kick ass female main character in Nahri. I think it has something for everyone.

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This story is beautifully intricate! The universe comes to life. The story was rich and the characters were amazing. I saw this as an epic like The Odyssey. I did not realize this book is the first in a trilogy. This book is slightly outside what I typically pick and it did not disappoint. I did get confused sometimes by the universe the author was creating. I also would confuse myself with some of the intricate names and places.

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So close, but calling it a night #24in4 @Andrew65

Andrew65 A brilliant total, well done and thanks for playing along 👏👏👏🥳🍾🥂😍🙌 1y
Wesleypaker Hello how are you doing today? 1y
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I‘m on a couple day summer holiday trip and of course I had to go to a couple bookstores. And of course I couldn‘t walk away empty handed😂🤦🏼‍♀️ #bookhaul

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encinarus
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This was a refreshingly different take on Djinn than I've seen before, combining politics, magic, religion and romance incredibly well (a common phrase my wife and I said as we listened was uh oh, he/she's hot). For magically beautiful beings made of fire, that came up a lot.

Nahri's view grounded the book, letting us see the magic city with the wonder we would have, rather than the day to day nonchalance of those living there.

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Texreader
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Omg!! This is amazing!! Thank you @Littlewolf1 for this wonderful swap box for #litsyloveanimals. You nailed everything and you even got Midnight some snacks. But the mug tops them all. It‘s my Midnight!!! ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you for this awesome swap @DinoMom @ShelleyBooksie

ShelleyBooksie Love that coaster 2y
DinoMom Great package! 2y
TheLudicReader That mug is adorable. 2y
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Texreader @ShelleyBooksie @DinoMom I did score! The package I sent my Litten arrived a week before opening day and I still haven‘t heard from her. And it doesn‘t look like she‘s been on Litsy for at least a month. Have either of you heard from her? 2y
Texreader @TheLudicReader Isn‘t it though? I love it!!! 2y
DinoMom @Texreader I am following up with a few people who haven‘t posted yet … stay tuned 2y
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Littlewolf1
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4.8⭐️ oh this book is so good… I hope the rest of the trilogy is just as good because I am definitely going to continue it. This one took me longer to read, only because I was so thoroughly invested. I loved each of the characters in their own way because they were all so unique. Would have liked a little bit more character development in some of the characters, but I feel like we might get to see more in the next book.

Bookwormjillk I finished part two not too long ago. It slowed a bit for me in the middle but the ending 🔥☄️ 2y
Littlewolf1 @Bookwormjillk See… Now I need book two now… TBR be damned. 2y
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Roary47
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4✨I like Fantasy, but learning a lot of names through an audio read can be challenging for me. There is winged creatures, fire people, and magic. Starting with a healing thief, and a prince as our main POV. Our healers learns about her people and the prince gets in a love triangle along with a reluctant guide past the veil. Very enjoyable, but would suggest a physical read if you are like me with names and new species. @Littlewolf1

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Roary47
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Man I feel like it‘s been forever since I last made a post. I think I‘m just in teacher burn out, but I‘m still going. I might have a long to do list for home, work, and personal goals, but at least I only need about 6 more hours of the tagged book. Going to try to finish it up tomorrow! 😊💛

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Roary47
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I‘ve already finished two books that were close to done. I already have my two slow reads started so we will see if I‘m able to finish them this weekend. Then my audiobook while I do some cleaning is ready to go for the three day weekend. 😊 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Hope you had a good weekend of reading. 2y
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Listening to the tagged book and enjoying some Ta‘ameya (Egyptian Falafel) for #FoodandLit. What a great idea ladies, I had so much fun making something new and it was light and delicious! I ate my Ta‘ameya on flatbread with lettuce, tomato, Greek yogurt and a squeeze of lemon 😋

JamieArc Looks delicious! 2y
Butterfinger Looks wonderful!! 2y
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Read-y_Picker Looks so good! Now I‘m craving… 2y
Daisey That looks delicious! 2y
Texreader Delish! I‘m having falafel tonight with lamb chops for my Egyptian dinner 2y
Bookworm54 My attempt at falafel did not work out. Did you make them yourself? :) 2y
mklong @Bookworm54 Yes I did. Here is the recipe I used…https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/254743/taameya-egyptian-falafel/ 2y
Bookworm54 The recipe I had was similar. But my “dough” was a bit too wet I think. Just fell apart during frying 🤣 2y
Catsandbooks Oh yum!!! 2y
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This was very slow going for me but in the end I did enjoy it. The world building alone (magic carpet rides!) was enough to keep me coming back to this book. I hope the rest of the trilogy expands the world but also brings a bit more excitement as I didn't feel like much happened in these 500+ pages. There was a great deal of focus on racial tensions and politics which added to the depth of the world but I would have liked more adventures.

Texreader Hmmm this one‘s on my tbr and I‘m wondering if I should keep it there. I really don‘t like boring books. 2y
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 I loved the beginning of this fantasy series! Set in a Middle Eastern-esque setting, I loved the nods to the culture & Arabic - I spent a semester in university studying in Cairo. I did have some difficulty following some of the political maneuvering & names of different groups, but a lot of that could be from how on & off I had to read.Lots of interruptions leads to less comprehension. I think there are a lot of twists to come!

tokorowilliamwallace Yes, something I have to work on---my comprehension. 2y
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“He was an easy mark.”

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underground_bks
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A conwoman in 18th Century Cairo accidentally summons a djinn and is immediately swept away on a journey marked by grave danger, powerful magic, mysterious heritage, complex court politics, unexpected alliances, and promising romance. The first half is a slow build but so incredibly worth it. City of Brass is as rich and immersive as it is action-packed and exciting—a magic carpet ride through Middle Eastern mythology that absolutely dazzles.

Texreader Brilliant review! 2y
underground_bks @Texreader thank you so much! 2y
miaelisabet Great review! It definitely is a great read! I can‘t wait to read the next one! 2y
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*fights the temptation to go the easy route and use Pet Sematary by SK* The lyrics of the song say “Goblins and warlords” and “Moaning spirits”… what better book to choose than this one?
A female Arabic con artist who doesn‘t believe in magic accidentally summons a sassy Djinn warrior. Then is forced to go on a quest with them 😌
I started reading this one but I was in a more sci-fi mood. I will give it another chance soon! #LITTENSDRESSEDINBLOOD

KathyWheeler I bought these books because I just love the cover of the second one. Also, the premise seemed interesting, but I haven‘t read them yet. 2y
MidnightBookGirl This series is definitely on my TBR (the one I keep in my head though, not my actual shelves). 2y
miaelisabet The covers are so beautiful! I‘ve read the first and can‘t wait to start the second book. 2y
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ElspethY
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Took a while to get into it. Slightly confusing world building with multiple names for the same people/conflicts that occasionally made it hard to follow or understand character motivations.

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Emily_Spruill
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There‘s something about the characters and story that sparked a fire within my soul, and I will forever recommend this book to anyone who will listen.

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Nalbuque
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What a fantastic book! It was touch and go getting into the story, but the world building was amazing, and the character development was on point, everything just got better and better as I went. Loved the inspo and mythology behind it, and the setting was super interesting, kept me truly curious!

Here are some meadow flowers from around the lovely Glasgow to accompany this dope cover (they don‘t rly go together but 🤷🏽‍♀️)

#WomenAuthors #2021

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This was an excellent epic fantasy. Nahri is a wonderful protagonist - a savvy kid that has grown up on the streets. I thought this might head for a straight forward romantic trope but that got up-ended and there were lots of surprises. Chakraborty creates characters that can be so likeable and then so misguided, and manages to get you emotionally involved in three sides of ancient wars and hostilities - my heart ached for all sides. ⬇️

Centique Im a little wrung out by all the violence and executions - although it‘s far from Game of Thrones levels - and I‘m just a sook 😂😂 Very very good and the epilogue made me gasp and order the next book 👏👏👏 (edited) 3y
AutumnRLS Just wait until you get to the end of the second! Usually second books in trilogies lag for me. Not so much with Kingdom of Copper! I'm getting ready to finish the trilogy sometime this summer. 3y
Reggie I always tell myself I‘m gonna pick this one up. And I should because all the books for it are out. Great review, Paula! 3y
Centique @AutumnRLS thanks! That makes me even more excited 😍 3y
Centique @Reggie thanks so much my friend! 💕 It‘s a bit of a slow burn in the middle, (but then a lot of epic fantasy is) I‘d be interested in what you think if you get to it. Have you read any NK Jemisin? 3y
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Smrloomis
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Still haven‘t read this 🤦🏻‍♀️ so seeing it in my TBR letter may be the push I need 🤨😄

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imyril
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#WyrdAndWonder (belated) day 26: all the feels

Let‘s hear it for the epic #Daevabad trilogy that serves up such an emotional rollercoaster it had me screaming right to the epilogue. Mostly DARA NO 😂

lahousewyfe Such a fun read!! 3y
imyril @lahousewyfe I really enjoyed this series. I love how Chakraborty kept me guessing about so many details and relationships 3y
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AbigailJaneBlog
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This has been on my TBR for SO LONG and I'm soo glad I finally got to it. It was full of magic and wonder and political intrigue which drove me absolutely nuts. The main character annoyed me a little, as did the not-quite love triangle, but honestly I think that just added to the overall ambience.
I can't wait to see what happens next! 5 ⭐

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kanwillcutyou
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Aside from actively hating someone I think was meant to be a love interest, this was a really compelling read! I love Nahri, I love the court intrigue and the epilogue... *chef's kiss*

ON TO BOOK TWO!

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Do people actually ship Dara and Nahri?? He has been nothing but an overbearing, manipulative, egotistical, racist asshole... What is there to like other than some surface-level physical attraction and bonding over a journey? I hope to God she moves on soon and I don't have to be subjected to this toxic crush for two more books.

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Eggbeater
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This book was a little drawn out in the middle , but it had some great twists at the end. The world building was really well done and the author did a good job illustrating the impact of prejudice and injustice.

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Bookwormjillk
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I really enjoyed this book, and can‘t wait to read the rest of the series. Due to my inability to manage my library books I had to start on paper and switch to audio. I liked the paper much better so I‘ll make sure to do a better job with the rest of the series 😂

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Nelnjali
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3.75 ⭐ Reading this book has been a long journey for me. I tried reading this a few years ago, and while I was enjoying the plot, I just wasn't pulled into it the way I wanted to be. It just moved slowly, and I found myself confused about the history of djinn society. I think some of this, however, was that I was reading about a culture I'm not as familiar with, which consequently, is something I love about this tale. ⬇

Nelnjali Flash forward a few years later, and I decided to try listening to the audiobook, and something just clicked. It was immersive, mysterious, and exciting. I still found myself getting a little lost here and there, but overall, I enjoyed the story. I love that this is a fantasy novel that deals with magical creatures that you don't see often. And that ending! I will definitely have to read the second to see what happens next. 3y
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#TBRPile 📚 Among the bustling markets of Cairo, the city‘s outcasts eke out a living swindling the rich. But alongside this new world the old stories linger. Tales of djinn and cities hidden among the sands of the desert. Many wish their lives could be filled with such wonder, but not Nahri. She knows the trades she uses to get by are just sleights of hand. She only wishes to leave Cairo, but as the saying goes… Be careful what you wish for.

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ParkerFinn
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Oh my gosh! This book was so good!!! I went into it not knowing a single thing and it was amazing!! I don‘t wanna give too much away but let me just say: Egypt, jinn, ghouls, magic! Amazing! Definitely suggest this book be picked up!

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Nahri is a conn artist who has big dreams of going straight, but that takes money. Unfortunately for her, during one of her scams, she accidentally calls up a djinn. A real one, and he‘s not happy. Her world is upended and she gets caught up in an adventure far beyond anything she could have imagined. Fun, fast paced, with good world building. Book one of a trilogy, so there‘s more adventure ahead.