Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
Release Date: Feb 21, 2019
Rating: 5/5 Stars
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 the battle that saw Dara slain at Prince Ali’s hand, Nahri must forge a new path for herself, without the protection of the guardian who stole her heart or the counsel of the prince she considered a friend. 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 familyand 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.
First of all, I want to thank Zulfa over at Lovely Owls Books and also Fae Crate for hosting readalongs that motivated me to finally get to this one in preparation for Empire of Gold! Also, check out my review for City of Brass HERE.
I’ve been sitting here trying to write this review for ages but I literally don’t know how to say that I just absolutely loved this book! I know it CoB I got so confused about the chaos that ensued at the end and so that made me kind of hesitant to read this one. Thankfully my brain was clearer when I read this one because I definitely had a much easier time understanding it because of vacation!
First of all, I was absolutely shocked that FIVE YEARS had passed but also it definitely made the characters richer. Like Nahri being so well practiced in her healing made so much more sense because five years had passed.
I just really enjoyed seeing the growth in all the characters (or expansion on their characters). As usual, everyone’s actions made me really happy or really angry, especially Muntadhir UGH.
Okay, I should make it clear that I am not a fan of Dara. He’s just so… chaotic. And he remains that way in this one. While I understood him a bit more in this book since we get his POV *sigh*, I just felt like he was always making these decisions that I just KNOW are gonna end badly. And it just was so frustrating. I felt this way about a lot of things Muntadhir was doing too.
The plot thickens in this one and honestly I felt so immersed in this world and while CoB was great, this was just SPECTACULAR. I couldn’t stop reading this one and I read it so fast that now that I’m writing the review I’m just having such a hard time talking about everything that I loved about this. Everything that was amazing about CoB but MULTIPLIED BY A THOUSAND.
The ending had me reeling and I am SO. EXCITED. FOR EMPIRE OF GOLD.
All the feelings, deceit, magic, politics and twists and turns were magnified in this sequel! If you enjoy absolute queens, fierce leaders, and absolutely terrifying manipulative villains you’ll definitely enjoy this. Read this if you like to read about political intrigue and a fight for equality, djinns and other terrifying creatures, chaotics individuals that make you scream in frustration by their questionable decisions, and also smart and capable characters that seem to balance out the chaotic ones.