The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
Publication Date: February 1st 2019
Series: The Daevabad Trilogy #2
Blurb: 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 Daevabad and 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 family and 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 marid-the unpredictable water spirits-have 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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★/5
S.A. Chakraborty brings us the explosive follow up to The City of Brass, in The Kingdom of Copper. After that ending to book one the wait for The Kingdom of Copper was agony. Nahri, Ali and other old favourites return but don’t be fooled because if you thought The City of Brass was brilliant and intense, The Kingdom of Copper pulls no punches and is relentless.
What I love about this series is how nuanced these characters are. One minute you hate them, the next they have you wanting to cry for them. There’s no straight good and bad divide here. They are complex, some do seemingly good things for bad reasons and other bad things for good reasons. It’s hard to flat out dislike a character because Chakraborty has you changing your mind about them every five minutes (well except for Ghassan, he’s just an asshole, and a certain other character I flat out don’t trust). Even when characters do horrible things, you can understand them, even if you don’t condone them.
There was a time jump after the prologue. I often find time jumps bittersweet, I think because I don’t like being reminded that people age and time goes on. However, it was done well here and I don’t think that the book would have worked as well otherwise. The scope is just too wide for there to not have been a jump forward.
Can we take a minute to talk about the imagery Chakraborty conjures here. Daevabad feels so real is makes me want to weep that it isn’t. Imagine one of those feasts? I’d die!
So much was happening at the end of The Kingdom of Copper I was breathless, there were so many twists and turns I could barely keep up. I was angry and then I was crying and then I was happy. So please read it so we can scream about it together because if The Empire of Gold doesn’t kill me the wait will.
“It is time we get some vengeance for what they have done.”
*I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are unbiased*