First off, a huge thank you to Harper Voyager for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review! It was an absolute surprise to come home and see this on my door step.
But it arrived the day the book released, so it took me a little bit to get to it since I had other books in line for the next few weeks. However, I am here! I have read it, and I have feelings!
If you haven’t read the first book, The City of Brass, this review may contain spoilers!
Content warning: Self-harm
Title: The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2)
Author: S.A. Chakraborty
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release date: January 22, 2019
Genre: Fantasy, historical fiction
Length: 621 pages (U.S. hardcover)
Synopsis: (via Goodreads) “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 a devastating battle, Nahri must forge a new path for herself. 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.”
Whew! This book was certainly a ride. I didn’t have any expectations, especially because of the way the first book ended. But this book dives deeper into the world of Daevabad where we’re transported to parts of the world we’ve briefly heard of in The City of Brass. There were parts I struggled to read, as I found parts a little slow, but it was all for the good of the characters and the storyline as a hole. Five years have passed since the events of the last book, too, so things have settled, in a sense, for our characters. I absolutely loved all the various places we explored, the character development, and simply how the book ended because… Really?! The revelations in this book, too… I am astounded!
I love all these characters! (Well, except a select few…) But gosh, Muntadhir… I wanted to like him but I also disliked him and I still don’t know how I feel about him! And knowing that a particular character is still there! I mean, I knew that couldn’t have been the end, right? I especially loved Nahri and Ali’s interactions, even though they weren’t favorable at first. They had their good moments together before Nahri’s feelings betrayed her. I enjoyed the interactions Nahri had with Zaynab and how she was able to find this friend in the midst of the horrible stuff going on in her life. We see Nahri grow more confident in her abilities though seeds of doubt still linger. Ali has to work through some things, emotionally, mentally, and physically as well. I loved being introduced to Queen Hatset and seeing her stand up to Ghassan. I also really enjoyed the scenes with Jamshid, whether it was with Mudtadhir or Nahri. My feelings for Dara, while incredibly strong and loving in the first book, are totally conflicted in this second book and it makes me sad! I can relate in the smallest bit to how Nahri feels about… Well, everything really. Her strength amazes me.
We see certain characters crumble under the weight of other people’s expectations while also seeing some flourish and surprise others completely. *stares very pointedly at a certain character*
I’ve nothing negative to say here. I knew this book would be enjoyable, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I loved how the story unfolded and how well-written it is. I found myself eager to return to this novel and its world. I’m definitely invested enough to continue reading the series, especially after this ending and how the tables have turned a bit for some characters.
Check out these other reviews:
- Melanie from meltotheany wrote a lovely review for this book, making points I certainly agreed with!
- Fadwa at Word Wonders wrote an absolutely glowing review, with a through list of content warnings.
- The ladies over at Sister Shelf enjoyed the book a lot, too!