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Synopsis:Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.
But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.
In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.
After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for…
Review: I won’t lie. This book took me a bit to get into. I read the first 100 pages on my Kindle and just found myself picking it up, reading a few pages, and then putting it down. I was not interested and it was taking me forever to get into. Then I switched to the audiobook on Scribd and I was hooked. There was something about the narrater that made the story go by quicker and was all around an enjoyable experience.
I am a HUGE fan of politically driven fantasy as well as romance in fantasy and I felt like this story did a great job at both of those things. The atmosphere was unique and immersive. Overall this was a really enjoyable story and I will be moving onto the second and third installments very soon.
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