06 June, 2019

#BookReview :: The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S.A. Chakraborty

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.

The book starts five years after where The City of Brass ended. The prologue gives us a brief about the three main characters from the first book and how their lives have been.

Nahri finds herself married to the Prince and Heir of Daevabad as a political alliance. Yet with Ali and Dara gone, she is lonely in her royal life. All she can do is follow the guidance of her mentor and immerse herself in the art of healing. Ali, in the meantime, has built a new life for himself in exile. He is exploring and putting to use his new found abilities with water. Dara on the other hand finds himself resurrected by Manizheh and bound to his role of a faithful warrior. With the game of thrones in play with Manizheh and Ghassan as the main contenders, will our trio find their way back to each other?

I found The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper both very interesting, but for different reasons. For me, the first book laid the foundation for the world building and the main characters of the book. I enjoyed getting to know the main aspects and characters up close. The Kingdom of Copper on the other hand widens the possibilities in the world. We see a few more side characters and their development on the side while getting to know bit more about the other djinn tribes. At the same time, the court politics and the general mindset of the ‘society’ becomes clearer. Also, with the bulk of the world building being done in the first book, Kingdom of Copper has a pace that keeps you going.

The way the author has developed complex characters is what I love the most about this series. Not a single character is outright black or white. There is a shade of gray in every one of them and it makes you feel for all of them. Even the most evil character in the book had good intentions and the most heroic of them can be a total jerk. And this is not only the case with the leading characters only. The author has given enough depth to a lot of the side characters for us to be able to see the same trait in them. It makes loving or hating a particular character completely so impossible. In addition, some of the political tools used are so relevant to our world, that it makes us think harder.

If you cannot tell already, I am enjoying this series thoroughly and I do recommend it to fantasy lovers.

Review Copy received from Harper Collins India

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