Review by Booklist Review
*Starred Review* Following The City of Brass (2017), Dara has been resurrected, and he is more powerful than ever; prince Ali banned from Daevabad discovers his new water abilities; and Nahri has married Ali's brother, the heir apparent of Daevabad, in exchange for a generous dowry. As these three story lines converge, the city of Daevabad remains the crux of conflict. Tensions run high between the pure-bloods and abused half-bloods, and the king maintains peace by oppressing those who have already suffered the most. Everyone has ideas about how to fix the city, and as they attempt to do so all at once, the story spirals into a Game of Thrones--like tale of political intrigue and war, with many shrewd factions vying for power. Chakraborty's deeply thought-out system of race relations and clashing classes mirrors real-world conflicts, making it all the more captivating and frustrating as the dream of peace grows more futile. The action scenes vivid, entrancing, terrifying will keep readers riveted, especially as enemies shift to allies, allies to friends, friends to enemies. With gorgeous world building, compelling characters, and clashing schemes, the second in Chakraborty's Daevabad trilogy will thrill her many fans.--Biz Hyzy Copyright 2018 Booklist
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Chakraborty plunges right back into the action set up in The City of Brass with uneasy alliances, bitter rivalry, and explosive secrets in this richly developed fantasy set in an alternate 18th-century Egypt. In the aftermath of a thwarted escape and ensuing battle, heartbroken series heroine Nahri weds the king's heir; Prince Ali, seen as a threat to the king, is exiled and flees into the desert ahead of assassins; and Nahri's mother, Manizheh, uses warrior Dara's ring to recall him into service. Five years pass and Nahri remains in Daevabad, trapped by a vicious king who's using the lives of her people to force her compliance. But Ali's return sets in motion a chain of events that pushes the kingdom to the brink of civil war and intersects with Manizheh's campaign to recapture the city. Nahri must decide whom to trust when, once again, she is surrounded by death and betrayal. Chakraborty raises the tension and the stakes with emotional dilemmas that bring out the best and worst in these conflicted characters. This intriguing fantasy series appears to be well on its way to an exciting conclusion. Agent: Jennifer Azantian, Azantian Literary. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
The second installment of Chakraborty's stunningly rendered Middle Eastern fantasy trilogy (The City of Brass, 2017), which can absolutely be read independently of the first book.The setting is Daevabad, a legendary Eastern city protected by impervious magical brass walls and ruled by King Ghassan, whose Geziri ancestors overthrew the Daevas and captured Suleiman's seal, which tempers magic. To this bubbling pot of tensions, the powerful djinn warrior Dara conveyed young Daeva healer Nahri; in the process they developed feelings for one another. Five years later, Nahri has much to ponder. During the tumultuous events with which the previous book culminated, Ghassan's younger son, Ali, whom Nahri considered a friend, killed Dara and defied his father, an act for which he was exileda euphemism for "condemned to death." Ghassan forced Nahri to marry Ali's elder brother, Muntadhir; the union is childless thanks to potions Nahri secretly consumes, yet, oddly despite those five years of marriage, the couple seem to know very little about each other. She chafes under the restrictions imposed by the increasingly cruel and arbitrary Ghassan, who's threatened to slaughter the city's Daevas unless she cooperates. So she doesn't know that Ali, with his djinn's ability to survive in the desert and magic conferred by the fearsome water-spirits known as the marid, still lives, nor that Dara has been summoned back to life and now is embroiled in a conspiracy to overthrow the Geziri and reclaim the city for the Daeva. Against the city's richly immersive backdrop of suppressed and often contentious racial, familial, magical, and religious alliances and dividesalthough Chakraborty tends to forget how bewildering these can be, even with the helpful glossarythe conflicts, ambitions, schemes, and treacheries build powerfully toward what's rapidly becoming the author's trademark: a truly shattering conclusion.As good or better than its predecessor: promise impressively fulfilled. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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