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Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty

Updated: Mar 28, 2019

On my 2018 favorite reads list, City of Brass was definitely on the very top of that list. It was the book of the year, a premise completely new from what we usually read in fantasy books nowadays and an absolutely gripping plot.


Naturally, Kingdom of Copper was high on my anticipated releases of 2019, and I don’t need to tell you about the high-pitched-fangirling-screaming session that happened when Harper Voyager approved my ARC – I believe you can picture that on your own well enough!


I’d like to Thank Harper Voyager for my free advance reader’s copy, you guys rock!!


The minute I picked up Kingdom of Copper I knew it’s going to be one of the bad-ass sequels. The tone was much higher and much more alive, the plot was explosive and the world was more enthralling. I couldn’t put it down yet I took my time devouring every word of it and it was glorious.



Kingdom of Copper, S. A. Chakarborty, Harper Voyger, January 22nd 2019,  ISBN:  9780062870162 , Paperback, Rating: ★★★★★, 640 pages.

“A threat to a loved one is a more effective method of control than weeks of torture.”


Where do I begin? I just finished reading yesterday – perfect in time for its release *throws-confetti* and I couldn’t be more delighted with how much I loved it. Chakarborty outdone herself with this sequel, she built in a crescendo-kind-of-way and from the very first words you will not be able to put it down, not think about it or feel the world of Daevabad all around you. A world that represent the voices of Muslims around the world and an era we don’t read about much – early 1800s – with a touch of Baghdad‘s history and Ottoman’s empire.


Five years after the events in City of Brass, our main characters are now all scattered across our world. Nahri is a sort of prisoner in her own infirmary in Daevabad. And across the lake, right in the middle of the desert, Alizayd is fighting off assassins who’s been hunting him for years, he built a life that suits him and bring him comfort. And on the other side of our world, plans and vengeance is being brewed by the long lost, thought-to-be-dead enemies to the Geziris.


Absolutely phenomenal ! The plot was weaved in a threading kind of way, jumping from one POV to the other and the flow, pace of the story was extraordinarily pleasing. I loved how it slowly built up to give us a glimpse on the lives of every character in the past 5 years – that jump alone was perfect to give the story a much bigger and grand scope.


“It is time we get some vengeance for what they have done.”

The magic continues with stories of Djinn, Marid, Ifrit and magical creatures you thought never possible, wielding powers you can begin to even understand. It’s a story about vengeance, betrayal and oppression. A story of a city ruled by a tyrant and dominated by discrimination.


Alizayd Al Qhatani was definitely my favorite in Kingdom of Copper. Brilliant character development happened there. I enjoyed his chapters a lot, I enjoyed his relaxed and comfortable side we saw in the beginning and I loved the fierce warrior returning to Daevabad and I fell for the emotional son and brokenhearted brother.


“Everyone knew about Darayavahoush, Nahri. They just couldn’t agree if he was a monster or a hero.”


Another major development was Darayavahoush ‘s character. Thought-to-be-dead , Dara was brought back to rage another war. I loved how we experienced a glimpse of slavery works in the world, how a monster was made out of him and how the lines get blurred for someone who spent the majority of his life murdering and following orders. As much as he pissed me off, made me hate him at some point, I understood the conflict in his heart and it made me feel for him. Yet, I realized he’s not good for Nahri. Painful realization but a true one.


“the land whose essence still flowed in her blood and beat in her heart. Cairo, the city she missed so fiercely it took her breath away at times.”


Which brings me to our third main character, Banu Nahri. The fierce bad-ass young girl who cannot let go of her Cairo-built personality and wields it like a sharp weapon in a world where she’s surrounded by enemies. Trying to make the best out of a marriage that been forced upon her, Nahri holds on to her ability to hope and dream for a better future. Swamped by a nostalgia for her home, she works for the best of her people, spreading that hope as far as she could reach and defying her enemies at the best of her abilities.


“You don’t stop fighting a war just because you’re losing battle”

The character that outshone in this sequel as well was Alizayd‘s mother and Queen of Daevabad. I loved how motherly she is, how protective and fierce and I expect amazing things from her in the next book. And the King was the other side of that coin, unjust and cruel as ever we saw the politician side and diplomatic character in Kingdom of Copper and it was an interesting glimpse to his character – didn’t make me want him any less dead though! And I won’t talk about Munthadhir because he makes me beyond angry!


I absolutely enjoyed this book and I have such high hopes for the third book you have no idea. I need a title, a release date – better be a soon-to-be-released one – and a cover, Please god !! Also, on another note, Alizayd and Nahri ; that ship must sail.


Did you read Kingdom of Copper? Let’s discuss below in the comments this brilliant book …

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