S. A. Chakraborty continues the sweeping adventure begun in The City of Brass—”the best adult fantasy I’ve read since The Name of the Wind” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir)—conjuring a world where djinn summon flames with the snap of a finger and waters run deep with old magic; where blood can be dangerous as any spell, and a clever con artist from Cairo will alter the fate of a kingdom.
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 Daevabad—and quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there.
Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of a devastating battle, Nahri must forge a new path for herself. 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 family—and 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 marid—the unpredictable water spirits—have 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.
This novel takes place five years after the events in City of Brass their a prologue at the beginning that helps usher into the jump in years between book one and book two. The world building is one of the things I love about big epic fantasy novels especially when they come in a trilogy. To me it means the author is going to take time to share in detail how the world is shaped, the characters are more detailed and the events and deaths will hurt your heart.
Epic detailed fantasy is a huge favorite of mine cause we get so much more in a big book then we do in one that is a smaller level. I read plenty of fantasy that was in the small range that I thought were good but they lack the details that a 600-page book has. We get to see a lot more magic in this book, especially elemental magic in Ali and Nahri when they are in the palace. We also learn a lot more about Daveabad and its tribes.
We see a lot of strife inside Daevabad between shafit half-djinn, half human) who are brutally oppressed and the royal family bloody history with the various Daeva tribes. The political strife ends up being focuses around a joint project to rebuild a hospital the strife is in the fact that all cities would be treated here not just the royalty.
This all comes to a head on the night that the hospital is to pen and then all hell breaks loose and our characters end up being back in the human world which is not supposed to happen once you are in Davebad you can’t leave. The next book is not due out till 2021 so we got a bit to wait but I can wait I sure it be well worth it.