ARC Review: The Kingdom of Copper – S. A Chakraborty

The Kingdom of Copper

Return to Daevabad in the spellbinding sequel to THE CITY OF BRASS.

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.

I requested The Kingdom of Copper from Netgalley because I adored the first book: The City of Brass. It was just so amazing, and the drama and action was great. It was also damn creepy. You can read my review of The City of Brass here! As you can see, the cover is just as spellbinding as the first book.

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It took me a while to get back into the story, as it starts exactly where it had ended and I just couldn’t remember all of it. As soon as I got back into it, I was having the time of my life. Just as with the first book, there was suspense, there was drama, and there was creepiness. I loved it.

I’m from Malaysia, and it was so fun to read the word “Malacca” in a story that was not set in Malaysia. Just a little bit that spoke to me personally.

I love fantasy books that are dark, but still funny. And this is definitely one of them, there are really stressful scenes full of suspense, and then all of a sudden, there’s a little joke, and it just makes you feel more lighter as a reader.

The colourful, detailed descriptions blew my mind. For example, the description of glittering glass and fish swimming beneath one’s feet – I felt like I was there.

Once I’d overcome my confusion at the beginning, I adored this book. It’s a great sequel, and I cannot wait to read the last book! If you’re looking for a series that combines humour, dark fantasy, magic, and intricate descriptions of politics – starting reading The Daevabad Trilogy! If you want to know if this book lived up to the first book, I think it definitely did and then some!

Trigger warnings: death, murder, violence.

5 stars

Have you read The Kingdom of Copper or its prequel? What do you think of them?

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