The Kingdom of Copper

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I chose this book as I had the first one which I started reading and couldn’t get into it although I had such high hopes for it so due to it not engaging me I never attempted to read this book as only requested as the first was on my next read list. I may try again as it sounds brill
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After the events of The City of Brass, Nahri's life in Daevabad sees her following the role of her ancestors as a gifted healer. But Nahri has little control in her life, with the king watching her every move, and the man that once protected her gone. She dreams of her home of Cairo.
Prince Ali has survived countless attempts on his life after being cast from Daevabad by his father. Ali misses his home, his family, and Nahri. He struggles to control the strange new powers he's had since the events at the lake, powers the marid (water spirits) have given him.
Things in Daevabad are tense, and when an unknown enemy seeks to attack the city during a celebration, the city and the people within it may never be the same again.

I was a huge fan of The City of Brass, so I was excited and slightly scared to read the sequel, but I'm happy to say that it didn't disappoint.
One of my favourite things about the Daevabad books are the characters - they're all so complex and relatable. I love Nahri. She's witty and determined and is definitely someone I would want to be friends with. I felt sorry for her and Ali as they both had little control in their lives and didn't have an easy time of things.
The setting is so interesting and I don't think I could ever get bored of reading descriptions of the palace or the different quarters.
It did take me a while to get used to the terms again (there are quite a few), but it probably didn't help that I didn't re-read the first book before reading this (I only read a recap).
The plot was quite slow paced with things ramping up towards the end, which doesn't always work for me, but in this case it did as I really love all the aspects of the book. There were some plot twists, some of which I didn't see coming. It was quite dark in places, but there were funny comments from the characters to at least try and make it a bit lighter.
The writing style is very easy to follow and had me gripped.
While I didn't enjoy this quite as much as The City of Brass, it was still a very good read and a worthy sequel. I'm scared to read the third book, The Empire of Gold now! I don't want this series to end!

Overall, this was a very enjoyable read that I would recommend.
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Just wonderful. I absolutely loved this, I was desperate for the sequel and wasn’t disappointed, full of elaborate descriptions and compelling characters- it’s a great read. Can’t wait for the next book!
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Let me say first that I did not read the first part, meaning I missed the beginning of the story. In this case, to me, this was a huge disadvantage.

Magnificent world created here and intriguing story. Well written and hands down one of the best I read this year.
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I absolutely loved The City of Brass by S A Chakraborty (read that review before this one), so I was extremely excited to get a review copy (from Harper Voyager) of its sequel, The Kingdom of Copper.  And I was not disappointed!


The Kingdom of Copper picks up Nahri's story about five years after the climactic events that end The City of Brass.  She is living in Daevabad, married to Prince Muntadhir and the effective prisoner of the king as a hostage for her people's good behaviour.  She is grieving the loss of her Afshin, Dara, and the betrayal of Prince Ali, a man she thought was a friend.  But the king's repressive policies are starting to have inevitable consequences, and rebellion is brewing, fomented by the mother Nahri believed to be dead. 


Everything I loved about the first book is here in its sequel.  But it has a much darker tone than the adventure/romance of the first book.  Nahri is tougher and more cynical as she learns to operate effectively within the constraints of her role at court.  Dara has fallen in with rebels and is being driven down a dark and violent path.  The moral Prince Ali only wants to live in quiet peace, helping the people of his adopted community, but he finds himself dragged back into Daevabad politics against his will, and at risk of becoming a rallying point for those wanting to overthrow the king's rule.  Allegiances shift, and hidden agendas come to the surface. 


This is a great book, and a worthy sequel.  I can't wait to see what the final volume has in store!


Goodreads rating: 4*
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highlights
character interaction
world

Overall
I really enjoyed coming back to this magical world of djinns and deavas, their political intrigues, their romantic and not so romantic relationships, the acts of revenge, the hate, the good deeds, and the failed deeds. It's an intense read. I loved the magic the most. 

After book 1 I was a massive Dara and Nahri fan, but after book 2 I'm not so sure...

The story
The story takes place right after the first book and then skips ahead 5 years later. I had heard this before I started as people were quite surprised by it and the comment was everywhere. So I knew it would happen but not how or when. I felt it was well done, and to be honest it felt right. It would have been too much of everything in this book happened right after book 1. the gap felt natural and I liked it. It also added more natural tension that can only be built over time, by doing the 5-year skip the simmering tension makes sense and don't feel forced. 

The world-building
The world is pretty well built up from book 1, but this book added a lot to it as well. It felt bigger and wider as if it stretched during this book. By the end of the book, I have questions about the world and its creatures which is good. 

It's a well-formed and well-shaped world. It's detailed and intricate and feels full and rich and inviting. I really want to walk through those streets (with security !) and taste some of that food.

The magic/Science
The magic in these books has always been fascinating to me and we got a lot more of it in this book as Nahri find new ways of using her abilities, but also at the very end it becomes apparent that the magic is more or less than what it seems...! I still haven't made up my mind about if the ending added something or took something away. 

The characters
There were three narrators in this book; Nahri, Ali and Dara 

Nahri is a character I liked from page 1 in the first book. Her cunningness and slyness with the core of goodness and equality are truly fascinating and the combination makes a good character to read about. I really enjoy her narrative. 

Ali is the naive and narrowminded one who just wants justice and equality for all but doesn't always play it out in his head before jumping in. I find him a bit too naive but also he isn't the "obvious naive" and the "annoyingly naive" character, it's difficult to describe but it's very well done. 

Dara is the enslaved djinn who helped Nahri get to Deavabad in the first book. And who (spoilers from book 1) gets killed at the end of book 1. Now let be honest, there wouldn't be a book 2 unless Dara was in it.... *wink wink nudge nudge*.

LGBT+?
Yes, a little bit on the side 

The writing
I love the writing in these books. It's so well done. She is turning out to be one of my favourite authors.

Summary
Very interesting world and magic system, fascinating story and plotline. 
Very enjoyable and I can't wait to see where it goes from here! 

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy with some cultural elements.
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With the aftermath of events in The City of Brass in recent memory, can Nahri build bridges and forge a new future for her people?

The Kingdom of Copper is the second book in the Daevabad Trilogy, you can see my 4* review of The City of Brass, which is the first in the series here - https://www.kindig.co.uk/post/review-the-city-of-brass. Overall I enjoyed this second installment although I did feel like it suffered from second-book-in-a-trilogy syndrome in some respects as parts of the middle of the plot felt a little like filler and it didn’t move forward much until the end but it was still a solid read. I had lamented the fact that Nahri seemed to lose her personality around men in the first book, particularly with the Dara plotline but this didn’t seem to happen much in this book. Admittedly this may be because Dara has much less of a part in this book which I thought was a bit of a shame as he gets a lot more interesting in this plotline!

As in the first book, I felt there were a few things that could have been explained in better detail. Relics, for example become quite a big feature in this book – especially bringing up the fact that everyone wears one which is something I had not picked up on or remembered from the previous book. As with the first book, the ending is an action packed cliff-hanger and I’m excited to see the conclusion of this trilogy when the next one is released.

Over The Kingdom of Copper is a solid next installment of the Deavabad Trilogy and I’m looking forward to Book 3. Thank you to NetGalley & Harper Collins UK – HarperVoyager for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Trigger Warnings: This book features prejudice and discrimination akin to racism, poisoning, discussion of self-harm, discussion of genocide, discussion of past wars, battles, and death.

I absolutely adored The City of Brass when I read it last year, and have been patiently but desperately waiting for the sequel ever since. The Kingdom of Copper was absolutely worth the wait! It was incredible, and so epic!

After a prologue that seems to be set a few months after the end of The City of Brass, the majority of The Kingdom of Copper is set five years later. Forced to do so by King Ghassan, Nahri is now married to the emir, Prince Muntadhir, and has her every move watched. If she puts even a toe out of line, Ghassan will have others punished in her stead. He rules with an iron fist, and there's very little she can do without permission. She's stuck working in the infirmary with Nisreen, her mentor, and allowed to do little else, while watching as Ghassan hurts others with his tyrannical rule, not being able to do anything to help.

Ali is in Bir Nabat, a small village in Am Gezira that took him in after he was wounded after being chased by assassins. Because of his possession by the marid, he has some residual abilities relating to water, and Bir Nabat, once a place of drought and poverty, is now thriving and green. While they may not have a lot, they have food and water. He loves his small life here, helping the village and keeping everything going, and he himself is thriving. But the schemes of others pull him back to Daevabad.

Although Dara was killed by Ali, was brought back to life (not a spoiler, we find this out in the prologue) by Manizheh, a Nahid everyone but a small number of Daeva believe dead - and Nahri's mother. Now he takes him commands from Manizheh, training former Daeva soldiers for Manizheh's plans to attack and retake Daevabad. He's really struggling with being a Nahid's Afshin again; while he believes the Nahids should rule Daevabad, and it is his purpose to obey, he's having regrets over the orders he has followed in the past, and is concerned about what he may commanded to do as Manizheh seeks revenge.

This is where everyone is when the book starts. Navasatem is coming up, a celebration to mark the turn of the century, and everyone has plans for it. Having made it back to Daevabad, Ghassan forbids Ali from leaving until after Navasatem, which is six months away. Ali takes this hard, as Bir Nabat is the only place he wants to be, his brother Muntadhir absolutely cannot stand him, and Nahri wants nothing to do with him. When Nahri discovers the existence of the ruins of a former Nahid hospital, she is desperate to see it to its former glory, to open its doors to more people, to train others as healers, and to team up with shafit - half human, half djinn - healers, to heal all - djinn and shafit alike. It seems such a small thing, but it means everything to her, and with Ghassan being Ghassan, she knows she needs help to get him to approve it, so she ropes in Ali to help with the business side of things, because he owes her. She cannot bear to be around him after he killed Dara, but bringing the hospital back to life, and trying to take a step to build peace between the Daeva and the shafit, when prejudices are still rife, and tensions at an all time high, is too important. Ali is all too keen to help, to try and fix things with Nahri, and it's actually something he's good at and believes in himself. Meanwhile, Dara is helping Manizheh with her plans, becoming more and more uneasy with what they're going to do, but, as Manizheh says, the plans will go ahead with or without him, but without him, those they care about are more likely to die.

And I can't say much more. While I was thoroughly enjoying reading The Kingdom of Copper, until maybe just over half way through, I was thinking this going to be more of a "set-up" book. A book where certain things needed to happen after The City of Brass, that allowed certain events to take place in the final book. But I was completely wrong. It's more like the first half of the book is the set-up for the second half. It is slower, it's quieter, after the explosive end of The City of Brass, but it's moving pieces into place for what's to come. And it's interesting! Seeing these relationships that are nothing like they were, and seeing if gaps can be bridged, friendships repaired, or seeing other relationships disintegrate. Seeing certain characters really struggle with what is happening around them and not being able to do anything about it. Seeing loyalty become doubt. Seeing eyes open and conclusions made. The second half of this book is absolutely epic, so full of action and with so many twists, and it's incredible! But it can only happen with the quieter first half.

For me, The City of Brass was all about prejudice and discrimination. The various conflicts between tribes, the despicable ill-treatment of the Shafit. But The Kingdom of Copper is about asking what's right and what's wrong. Where The City of Brass was all loyalty to your tribe and your people, which we saw through Nahri's conversations with Ali and Dara, The Kingdom of Brass is about the very same characters asking themselves what they can abide, and what they cannot. What can be forgiven, and what cannot. It's about them seeing that, time and time again, it's been a vicious circle of violence breeding violence. It's about people not being able to stand with their family or their people, but instead standing for what is right. We see them start to see the djinn not as separate tribes, but as one people, and the Shafit not as "dirt bloods" but family - they're half djinn, after all. We see our characters really think about things, questioning what they know and all they've seen and experienced. Justice and vengeance are not the same thing, and they start to realise that things have to stop somewhere, or it will never end. Decisions are made to stop it, even if it is seen as a betrayal by their own. But while that's all well and good, there are still those with more power, who have their own ideas. And some things others put into motion that you can't stop. And when catastrophe strikes, whose side will our characters be on?

I thought the ending of The City of Brass was explosive, but mate, it's nothing compared to how The Kingdom of Copper ends. The action! The twists! The consequences! The emotion and the heartbreak! It was just mind-blowingly good. The events at the end of this book are astronomical, and no-one is going to be unchanged. I am in a place where I have absolutely no idea how things will play out in the third and final book in the trilogy, The Empire of Gold, and it's so damn exciting! But I also think it's going to be unbelievably emotional, as well as really up the ante in regards to politics and action. The Kingdom of Copper was epic, but The Empire of Gold is going to be colossal, and I absolutely cannot wait!

Thank you to HarperVoyager via NetGalley for the eProof.
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Just like the first book, this is a brilliant world to get lost in. Taking inspiration from Islamic cultures, mythology and traditions. its rich world is incomparable to any other. With magic and century long conflicts this installment is just as brilliant as the first in the series with writing that fully immerses you into the world and into the minds of fully rounded characters.
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Nahri has discovered her heritage, and now has to survive the scheming city of Deavabad long enough to perhaps one day save it.
Ali and Dara were once her closest friends, but now they all find themselves on opposing sides.

I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book starts where City of Brass left off, so you can witness the aftermath of all that happened.
This is quickly followed by a five year jump, which I found a little jarring to start with, but it really benefited the story, bringing it straight back to the brewing action.

Nahri is now married to Muntadhir, the crown prince of Deavabad. It's a political arrangement, but not altogether unpleasant. It allows Nahri to pursue her dream of healing on a grander scale, especially when she discovers the ruins of a nahid hospital.

Ali has survived all the would-be assassins that have come after him in his exile, and he finds a surprisingly pleasant life in Bir Nabat. It's a harsh, but straight-forward place, where Ali's skill at finding and manipulating water makes him very popular.
As time passes, the favourite son of King Ghassan is pressured into returning to Deavabad. He has to decide whether he will stand up for what is right, or let the city destroy itself.

Dara is reluctantly brought back from death, to serve the Nahids again. He trains his soldiers, and plots alongside the devilish Ifrit, on how to take Deavabad by force. His loyalty and blind devotion to the Nahids is put to the test, as he is reluctant for further bloodshed.

I loved this story. It's a big book, but it flows along easily. There is so much intrigue, danger, and double-crossing amongst the Deava. Everything is on a knife's edge, and I had no idea how this will play out!
With how things were left at the end, I cannot wait for the third and final installment!
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All you need when you sit down to read this book, is something hot and creamy in a jewelled mug, Turkish delight and to step into your imagination. 

This book is magical in every way. I was swept away on flying carpets, into jewelled skies looking down on shimmering lakes. I was totally transported to a world of exotic aromas; my senses dazzled by beautiful clothes in silks and satins of rich colours, while gossamer veils moved in a gentle evening breeze. 

The story is well crafted and easily sweeps you along. It will leave you speechless as magic is used to destroy and bring about an evil ruling. At the same time there is tenderness and love In the story too. 

I particularly enjoyed the end of the book as, for me, it felt full of a promise of more to come.
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Super second book to this trilogy. It is such a rich, long book and, with only a couple of different POV characters, I was worried it would get boring or slow, but all details were there for a reason. Everything came to a very exciting ending - thankfully not just in the last 30 pages, but in the last 150! I love this world and this take on Medieval Islam and I can't wait to see what happens next. Exactly my kind of fantasy.
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Sometimes you just look at a book and you know instantly that you’re going to be wrecked/heartbroken/desperate to know what happens next. And that was always going to be the case with this book.

The Kingdom of Copper is the second installment in the Daevabad trilogy and picks up five years after the ending of the first. Nahri is now married to Muntadhir, Ali is exiled in Am Gezira, and Dara has been brought back to life (again, will he ever catch a break with that). And there follows a 600-page epic full of politics and war and sibling angst. And it is amazing.

One of my favourite things about this trilogy so far has been how S. A. Chakraborty can make you feel sympathetic for these horribly flawed characters, even when they’re doing something stupid (Ali) or genocidal (Dara). She just writes them all so so well, you’ll find yourself wanting some end to the book where they all end up safe and/or at rest (Dara. Please, let him sleep). But they’re working against each other and it all makes it excrutiatingly angsty and painful. Particularly when it comes to Ali and Muntadhir (you stupid boys!). So you’re alternating between rooting for everyone and rolling your eyes at everyone and begging them to please be sensible and less rash (Ali).

And then the worldbuilding! Oh God, the worldbuilding is just so brilliant. You can really tell how much love and time and research has gone into it (really, you just need to follow the author on twitter to see that), and it really makes the book. It’s so intricately plotted and compelling and absorbing and I’m going to run out of adjectives, but if you read this series for any reason, let it be as a primer for worldbuilding.

Finally, I loved the slowburn of this book. Yeah, it took me a little while to read, but once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down, because it kept building up to something more, and then when that something more came? I was left a wreck.

So, in the end, I just find myself really, really glad that S. A. Chakraborty has already said my favourite characters are going to survive.
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The Kingdom Of Copper is S.A. Chakraborty’s follow up to the really rather good The City of Brass, and like its predecessor, promises to be a tale of magic, djinn, high fantasy and low politics. Does it deliver? I’d say so.

The focus here is on the world of the djinn, individuals with magical powers, largely kept out of sight of humanity by magic surrounding the walls of their city of Daevabad. The djinn are themselves split into different tribes, and the history between the groups can be…fraught, to say the least. One of those tribes, the Daeva, ruled Daevabad for generations (perhaps unsurprisingly , given the name!). But relatively recently, they were overthrown in a bloody revolution by the Geziri tribe, who now rule instead. The conflict between these two tribes is tied to the personal relationships of their representatives, and the political machinations for power, for control, and even for personal agency, are at the core of the book.

The Daeva have Nahri, whom most of you probably remember from the first book. Nahri grew up on the streets of Cairo as a quick-fingered urchin, a con-artist with a penchant for medicine. Now she’s the leader of a group that sits out of power, and hasn’t forgotten about it. She can read people, and isn’t afraid to assert herself in the face of a misuse of authority. Nahri’s own qualms over being a face of that authority are perhaps less pronounced now, as she grows into the role previously thrust upon her. Still, there’s a strain of compassion, of a humanitarian nature and a desire to find a better, more co-operative way about her. Where others will seek to take and hold control through sheer ruthless will, Nahri is trying to build something different. The text uses Nahri’s struggles to look at themes of authority and moral certainty, as well as unpick toxic narratives of historical grievance. Every time she stands against those who want to start fights over old battles, or claim authority based on historic atrocities, I couldn’t help but smile. This is an intelligent story with a strong message, and it wants to engage the reader in a dialogue about the big issues – even when it’s using magical monsters to do it.

Alongside Nahri is Ali, prince of Daevabad, scion of the Geziri tribe. Ali has, in the past, been a bit of a stick in the mud. But hurled from the corridors of power after the end of the previous story, he’s out in the world, meeting new people and making new friends (and enemies). This requires a little more flexibility, sure. But Ali’s strength has always been that he’s basically a decent person, just with a moral code that makes him a pain for everyone else to be around. Still, he’s dealing with new issues of his own, and one can’t help but empathise as a man once certain of everything is left wading in  extremely uncertain waters. That he has an emotional entanglement with Nahri is almost inevitable; that they approach it like adults, emotions captured behind walls of silence and political necessity, is a delight. Not for them (obviously) but for the reader, watching their affection wax and wane in the face of the social and political moves they find their duty forces them to make. It’s a credit to the author that this intense masked affection seems to simmer on the page, just looking for an opportunity to boil over. It’s a fraught relationship, but its intensity and complexity feels genuine; it’s a lot of fun to read.

The same can be said of much of the rest of the book, really. The world-building is rock solid.  Daevabad, with its thriving neighbourhoods, social tensions and gossamer strands of amazing magic, is guaranteed to astound, whilst also keeping you grounded. It’s a playground for its people, for Nahri and Ali as they struggle with both each other, and the existing power structure of the city, which isn’t entirely accepting of young people with new ideas – to put it mildly. In particular, Ali’s family, the rulers of Daevabad, somehow manage to be astonishingly broken, often terrible people – but even as they shape the system which oppresses those around them, it’s possible to see that once they were the young people with the fresh ideas, and that the same system they now operate has ground them into new shapes – and is continuing to do so. Sure, Ali’s father is a tyrant, one who views half the city, whose heritage is mixed, as an inconvenience at best, and sure, he has a tendency to brutally execute dissenters. But he’s also terribly pragmatic, and seems to genuinely want to bring about a détente between his ruling family and the Daeva. Siimiilarly, Ali’s brother is often drunk, with a tendency to indulge a vicious temper, and perhaps a smidge of the jealous about him; and yet he loves his family, and will fight for them.

These are complicated people, living in complex times.  They’re driven by wants and needs that feel genuine, their hopes and fears, pain and love brought to life for us on the page. There’s so much more, of course – I’ve avoided going into it here for the sake of spoilers. But there’s a lot going on, and it’s presented in a precision crafted, captivating story which will capture your heart. This is a more than worthy sequel, and if you’ve been waiting like I have to return to Daevabad, let me assure you: it’s been worth the wait.
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FANTASTIC sequel to the first book. I absolutely loved it. 

The book continues 5 years after City Of Brass. It was so well built, emotional, immersive, just amazing. 
It's clear that Chakraborty knows what he's doing when it comes to world building, character development and touching your heart with them. 

I can't wait for the next book in the series. totally recommended. 
Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Once again we are drawn wholeheartedly into the world of Arabian nights. The sights and sounds of the souks, bazaars and the otherworldly beauty of the magical city of  Daevabad. Underneath there is a darker cruel truth hiding behind the lies of its very existence.
We encounter Nahri now in a marriage she didn’t want slowly discovering who and what she is and piecing together more about her parentage. Not everything is beautiful in paradise. Different factions are becoming more aggressive and not everyone’s intent is clear The atmosphere is reaching breaking point and blood is about to flow. 
The author has excellent world building skills and the ability to breathe life into her characters. Literally in the case of Dara. Nahri has had difficulty coping with his loss regardless that she now knows of his bloodthirsty past. Ali has returned and she feels his betrayal personally not understanding what circumstances caused him to do this or the changes that have happened to him. We encounter magical creatures deities and demons and of course magic flying carpets. This however is no tale of Aladdin, there is a lot more going on. 
One foot is also kept in the real world where Nahri grew up. This is why I would suggest you need to read the first book City of Brass to get a grasp on events as they evolve. I enjoyed reading this and am looking forward to more of the same.
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This is the second book in The Daevabad Trilogy by S. A. Chakraborty. The first book, City of Brass, was a good read so it made sense to continue.

It begins five years after the events of the first novel and Nahri has married the eldest son of Daevabad's ruler, though it's a sham marriage. Her friendship with the younger son has been permanently damaged by the events that killed her real love, Dara. Again we have a magical world with Djinn and halfbreeds called Shafit, as well as other spirits like the Ifrit. 

This one moved slower for me than the first book. Nahri's journey was high adventure, but now she's working toward practicalities in a world that has effectively imprisoned her. A lot of political intrigue features as well as royal family dynamics, more world building information about various djinn entities and a rebellion.

Nahri develops further as a character in this one as does Dara. This made the story more interesting as it went along. There was quite a lot of dramatic action towards the end that made it worth the slower parts, but the ending felt incomplete. It wasn't a cliffhanger, just one of those "Well what happens now?" endings. I expect another book will follow.
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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.
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I was so excited when I realised, I had been sent a copy of The Kingdom of Copper for review. The first book in the series, City of Brass, was a captivating and unique read so I had high hopes for this book, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Daevabad is so well constructed that there were many points where I could almost forget it wasn’t a real place, that is if it wasn’t for the fact that there is a lot of magic used by the characters in the book.

Often the middle book of a trilogy can feel like a bit of a filler but that was certainly not the case with The Kingdom of Copper, there is a lot of action.

Nahri is beginning to settle into her new life in the royal court and is slowly gaining belief in her skills as a healer. Still shaken from the events on the lake Nahri is lonely without her former friend and her Afshin for company. Her husband offers her no solace and she finds herself feeling lonely much of the time.

When we first see Ali again, he has been banished by his father, forced to wander an unforgiving land. To survive he must use frightening new abilities which point to a secret within his family.

When Ali is forced to return Ali is shocked by the changes in the place he calls home. As political tensions rise he can’t help but become involved against his fathers wishes.

Ali and Nahri really come into their respective roles during the novel and this made for an absorbing read.

The Kingdom of Copper is fraught with political tensions, family grudges and betrayal. This book was wonderous and I eagerly await the final instalment.
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The Kingdom of Copper is a fantastic sequel to The City of Brass and effortlessly tops the first book. Its a common occurrence in a fantasy series for the later books to excel the first one and it's no different here. While I loved The City of Brass it had some pacing and structure issues that were partly the result of the huge amount of worldbuilding necessary of a fantasy world of this scope. The Kingdom of Copper, in contrast, has a much smoother and tighter plot. The storylines and character arcs are woven together with more focus and climate to the bombastic climax. The tension in this novel builds so wonderfully that I could not put it down. Its been a while since I've read a book that demanded I come back and read it to the very last page!
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