Word Nerd Review – The City of Brass – S.A. Chakraborty
by Trisha Quezada
The City of Brass is set in the Middle East, beginning in Cairo and continuing across the desert to the island of the djinn. When Nahri, an orphan thief and con artist with a talent for healing, accidentally summons a demon while running a con, she also accidentally calls the ancient djinn Dara to her aid. Completely ignorant of both of those actions, she cuts through the cemetery to get home and ends up attacked by ghouls and the demon. Now the demons are chasing her and she doesn’t understand why. While the city of the Daeva, as the djinn like to be known, provides a refuge from the demons, it comes with it’s own dangers. Thrown into a world that she doesn’t understand, Nahri does her best to learn about this new culture and her healing powers while also trying to stay alive.
One thing I love about San Diego Comic Con is that the publishers always curate their selections so well. They also staff the booths with people who’ve read the books! Which makes it a joy to browse and find new authors. I picked up The City of Brass at the recommendation of one of the people I was talking to and I wasn’t disappointed in the least. In fact, I really couldn’t put it down. I downloaded it to my phone during our lunch break, and continued to sneak in chapters between interviews and events, finishing the book before we even got home from the convention. The second book is going to be released on January 22, 2019 and I’m anxiously awaiting my pre-ordered copy. I can’t wait to see where this story goes.