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...
This book had been on my tbr for ages and I had heard so many great reviews about this, that my expectations were high. Really high. And it didn’t disappoint!
From chapter one, I got swept up in this fascinating Arabic world of 18th's Egypt. I just love historical books, and even more when it's fantasy! The beginning just blew me away, with all the detailed descriptions of this beautifully constructed world, the history with France's colonization of Egypt and the atmospheric apothecary in the first chapter. It just swept me up in this fascinating Arabic story and wow.
“Greatness takes time, Banu Nahida. Often the mightiest things have the humblest beginnings.”