Blurb (as on Goodreads):
Return to Daevabad in the spellbinding sequel to THE CITY OF BRASS.
Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabadand quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there.
Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of the battle that saw Dara slain at Prince Ali’s hand, Nahri must forge a new path for herself, without the protection of the guardian who stole her heart or the counsel of the prince she considered a friend. But even as she embraces her heritage and the power it holds, she knows she’s been trapped in a gilded cage, watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her familyand one misstep will doom her tribe.
Meanwhile, Ali has been exiled for daring to defy his father. Hunted by assassins, adrift on the unforgiving copper sands of his ancestral land, he is forced to rely on the frightening abilities the maridthe unpredictable water spiritshave gifted him. But in doing so, he threatens to unearth a terrible secret his family has long kept buried.
And as a new century approaches and the djinn gather within Daevabad’s towering brass walls for celebrations, a threat brews unseen in the desolate north. It’s a force that would bring a storm of fire straight to the city’s gates . . . and one that seeks the aid of a warrior trapped between worlds, torn between a violent duty he can never escape and a peace he fears he will never deserve.
So the first book of the series ‘City of Brass’ was interesting. I mean I use that word because even though the pace was painfully slow, the story had potential, was well narrated and managed to shock me at every turn. This review might have spoilers for the first book in the series, so proceed with caution. Meanwhile, if you want to check my review of ‘City of Brass’, click here.
‘The Kingdom of Copper’ brings to us some ‘very dead’ characters, one of them is via a resurrection. As more mysteries from the world of magic and what the Daevas are capable of reveals itself, the city of Daevabad lies in chaos. Nahri is trying her best to learn the basic science of healing, Ali is struggling to survive, and Muntadhir is busy enjoying the best of royal pleasures. It’s better not to talk about Ghassan because he only has one job- to kill people causing any chaos, or kill people in general and is only becoming more and more predictable.
The second book in this trilogy is better than the first one, especially because the pace gets a lot better. The author has enough secrets and plot twists up her sleeve and that was evident right from the start. But this book is truly intense, action-packed and spectral.
In terms of character development, my favorite was Ali, followed by Dara. Their position and emotional state in the book successfully captured my attention and made me feel this intense sense of injustice for them. Nahri is not exactly my favorite protagonist and I am sometimes annoyed by her sense of decision making.
The book ends on a high note and I am excited to see the fate of Ali, Dara, and Nahri. There is so much that is yet to happen and I am silently praying for a happy ending because certain characters suffer a lot and they deserve some peace and happiness. Okay, I’ll stop preaching now!