Technically, I listened to the book, so there were no pages to be turned, but Chakraborty’s City of Brass kept me engaged and enthralled throughout.
What kept me engaged:
- Excellent dialog
- Well developed characters
- Fun fight/action scenes
- A new (to me) fantasy setting in the Middle East
- Plenty of moral gray
What enthralled me:
- The tribal histories and prejudices of each character
- The magic-related mysteries woven into the Chakraborty’s world-building
I found it very frustrating to start and stop the book when real life intervened.
There is plenty to love about this book, but it didn’t reveal any life-altering revelations or present any challenging thought experiments.
What it does achieve is accurately presenting a world of tribal divides, that in many ways correlate to racial and cultural divides in real life.
In their own way, each of the point-of-view characters strives to rise above this tribalism, only to learn (often the hard way) how big an obstacle culture and history can be.
Read this book if:
You love fantasy adventures but are tired of cliched tropes and settings.
Oh – and you have to be patient enough to start a trilogy that has yet to be completed (as of this review).
Otherwise, feel free to skip this one, but keep it in mind for your fantasy-loving friends.
Series The Daevabad Trilogy (Book 1)
Method of Discovery Audible 2 for 1 Sale
Method of Consumption Listened