Historical Fiction meets Fantasy in The City of Brass , the debut novel from S. A. Chakraborty. You’re going to love this tale of magic, cultural conflict, and thrilling action!
Nahri is the kind of character you can get behind – she’s kind, loving, and just a little lost. But one thing is for sure: she doesn’t believe in magic. Until one day when she accidentally summons a warrior Djinn named Dara (a supernatural creature from Islamic theology) who escorts her to Daevebad, introducing us to the City of Brass. Here she finds out she’s the last descendant of a powerful family, and must learn to use her magical healing powers she never knew she had.
At first, you’re going to hate Dara (he can be totally mean!!), but eventually you’ll learn it’s all due to his conflicted past. He’ll have you swooning in no time, as he protects Nahri and ensures her safe arrival to Daevabad. I couldn’t stop rooting for them to get together!
I absolutely loved the cultural influence Chakraborty uses in this book! It was so interesting to learn about Arab, Persian, and South Asian history and folklore in a fun way.
If you’re a fan of YA fantasy, you’ll want to get on this bandwagon early. Because there’s still two more books to come in this fantastic trilogy. I can’t wait!