Our story truly starts at a Zar Ceremony where Nahri is doing the steps she normally does while really just putting on a show to get paid at the end of the night, except this time she actually does feel something after an old song is sung. This is the representation I long to see. During one of her tricks, she accidentally summons an ancient Daeva warrior, Dara. Right away, he recognizes Nahri for what she really is—something not all entirely human—and soon the two of them are on the run, trying to say one step ahead of the dark forces pursuing them. For more information about Wizards of the Coast or any of Wizards' trademarks or other intellectual property, please visit their website at. None of that insta-love nonsense. Alongside Nahir's story we also have Ali's story.
Fantasy is rich in many flavor; in fantasy, we are all citizens of the magical worlds. But ultimately this is a story about oppression, and what it means to believe that your blood is more pure than someone else. But the thing is, such complex world building cannot be enough without any unique plot and no good characterization. At first glance, this novel was everything I dreamt of, a Middle Eastern folklore. In a fantasy, it's completing a quest, or defeating the enemy or saving the kingdom. I was intrigued by him from the moment he entered the picture and as the plot advanced and his mysterious yet tragic past slowly started to unravel, I sympathised with him, rooted for him and quite literally, he became the reason I wanted to finish the book.
No friendship no tension nothing, jusst kissing and kissing. The richness of the world we see here gives added heft to a wonderful story. She's a thief and a con artist. Now they're in the City of Brass in my game, called City of Bronze, because Brass in portugueses sounds strange and, well, not impressive. Efreeti couldn't teleport them to their home plane but could take them to the Elemental Plane of Fire. So it has times where it's done right.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss. As if that were not enough, he is literally a creature of fire, and emits actual smoke. Additionally, there are conflicts within the hearts of each of the main characters. I can't tell you why the Geziri I've probably spelled this wrong and the Daeva tribes dislike each other. The City of Brass is an adult book. There are literally only like, two people in this 500-pages book whom I would hang out with for more than three or four hours without wanting to strangle them. There are various creatures in this world and each of them are deeply ingraved in this world of glamour and trickery.
A few fire giants visiting the city should be the only ones there. There romance was only described by. Prince Alizayd was the only redeeming character of this book. Here is a sample of a page from a watermarked book:. And that is as close to a spoiler as I'm going to get. Pick up any random adult high fantasy book 4. That being said, I could have done without the many descriptions of the palace, I didn't need so many of them.
It could have been a bit larger though. I proudly admit my childhood dream. This story was amazing, the characters are beyond words, the prose is exceptional, and the messages and representation are so very important. He's training to be his brother's Qaid leader of the army meant to protect the king and heir but he's also fighting for shafit's rights the shafit are half-humans half-djinni because they're basically treated like dirt. I loved the ending so much and I didn't expect half of the twists in it.
There is no over arching plot arc. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. There were times the dialogue felt stiff and cliched, predictable even. But in trying to secretly and illegally fund needed educational and medical services for the oppressed shafits, he may be stirring up even more trouble. Ali is a rather tightly wound but honorable young warrior with a mixed heritage himself, has sympathy for those who are mistreated.
Cairo may present imminent threats of death, but Daevabad is no prize either. Luckily it doesn't overwhelm the story and it's a great read overall. I honestly loved the writing and how it complimented the story very well. The City of Brass is re-imagined for the new renaissance of fantasy role playing games, brought to you in the epic style of old school fantasy campaigns of yesteryear. Islam is kindness in the face of hostility, love in the face of anger, charity in the face of poverty, calmness amidst troubles and overwhelming reliance on God.