"An opulent masterpiece. Chakraborty's debut is desire-soaked, intrigue-laced, and rife with so-delicious-you'll-sink-your-teeth-into-it worldbuilding and equally mesmerizing characters. A must-read."--Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
"The City of Brass immerses you in a magnificent and vivid world. It's a thrilling adventure, brimming with fabulous magic, compelling characters, and wonderful intrigue. I can't wait for book two!"--Sarah Beth Durst, award-winning author of The Queen of Blood
"A richly imagined, stunningly immersive book that takes you into a world of darkly alluring djinn and beguiling magic...Peopled with irresistible characters and steeped in the myths of the Middle East, The City of Brass is a dazzlingly inventive tale."--Ausma Zehanat Khan, award-winning author of the Khattak/Getty mysteries and The Bloodprint
"Fast-paced, strong characters, and immersive world-building--S. A. Chakraborty debut is a carpet-flying adventure of djinn-filled wonder that leaves you wishing for more."
--Michael J. Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of the Riyria Revelations
"I particularly love a story of twisty, complex, dangerous, and character-driven family and palace politics, steeped in hidden history, cruel betrayals, and desires that can't be admitted. The City of Brass delivers on all counts."--Kate Elliot, New York Times bestselling author of the Court of Fives
"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 Dreamer
"This lyrical historical fantasy debut brings to vivid life the ancient mythological traditions of an Islamic world...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)
"Against [a] syncretic yet nonderivative and totally credible backdrop, Chakraborty has constructed a compelling yarn...culminating in a cataclysmic showdown that few readers will anticipate....Best of all, the narrative feels rounded and complete yet poised to deliver still more. Highly impressive and exceptionally promising."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"With this rich and layered novel, Chakraborty builds a fantasy world as intricate and intriguing as its Middle Eastern setting. Following the various subplots is like pondering vibrant Arabic design; readers will lose themselves in the wonder and complexity."--BookPage
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‘An extravagant feast of a book – spicy and bloody, dizzyingly magical, and still, somehow, utterly believable’ Laini Taylor, Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author
Among the bustling markets of eighteenth century Cairo, the city’s outcasts eke out a living swindling rich Ottoman nobles and foreign invaders alike.
But alongside this new world the old stories linger. Tales of djinn and spirits. Of cities hidden among the swirling sands of the desert, full of enchantment, desire and riches. Where magic pours down every street, hanging in the air like dust.
Many wish their lives could be filled with such wonder, but not Nahri. She knows the trades she uses to get by are just tricks and sleights of hand: there’s nothing magical about them. She only wishes to one day leave Cairo, but as the saying goes…
Be careful what you wish for.