The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

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This book. Why is the second one not out yet? Whyyyyyyyy??? I need it! I must have it right nooow.

When I started reading it I thought it was a sort of gender-reverse Aladdin. A thief finds a djinn while a prince sneaks around among the people. Of course there’s so much more to it that has nothing to do with Aladdin, but that’s what drew me in. And boy was it good.

First things first: this is an adult fantasy. That means it’s written to be a challenging and thought-provoking read. Many reviewers on Goodreads found it boring, the writing too descriptive and complicated, but to me it was perfect. I was transported into this world and I was hungry to see all the things the author was willing to show me. I am beyond thankful for the history and beauty that I got to experience.

And the characters. By God the characters. There were no cookie-cutter cliches in this book. Not one. Every character felt so real, so flawed, I didn’t know who to root for. There were no ‘bad guys’ and half the time I wasn’t sure if there were ‘good guys’ either. Everyone had their own ideals and motivations, and I couldn’t blame them for it.

The longer I read the more I started to fear that the book will end too soon. I had to keep going, I even stayed up late because I HAD to know what happened at a certain point. I’m still in shock at the finale.

Overall, a fantastic book that’s sure to make a fantastic trilogy. This was introduction that ended with a bang, and I can’t wait to see where it takes us next.

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