Happy Friday everyone! Friday Favourites (I’m Canadian so I’m adding the ‘u’!) was created by the ever-so-wonderful Kibby from Something of the Book. She loves lists, so decided to start her own weekly meme! Make sure you check out her blog for more information, and join in!
Today’s Friday Favourites topic is Favourite Unfinished Series which can be about a series you either haven’t finished yet or a series where all the books are not released yet…
The City of Brass is an immersive, radiant story about Nahri, a con-artist from Cairo, Dara, the djinn warrior she accidentally summons, and Alizayd, the naive prince who she befriends – oh, and Ali’s wickedly cruel father, Ghassan, frustrating brother, Muntadhir, and wildly fierce sister, Zaynab. Not to mention, the epic cast of side characters (Jamshid! Nisreen!) who will absolutely steal your heart.
Why should you read this story?
Well, firstly, it’s amazing, obviously.
The story is brilliantly, beautifully told. The writing, the flow of the story, the world-building – all of it is excellent. You are gripped right away from page one, and the story does not let you go – ever. Even after you finish the book, I promise you will still be thinking about it for months after.
The world that Chakraborty creates in Daevabad is stunning. You feel like you are there, exploring the city with Nahri, lounging in the palace with Zaynab, sneaking off to secret rebel meetings with [redacted]. I’m ready to go there. Well, maybe after the whole war thing actually.
Secondly, the characters are so amazingly written
that you can’t help but fall for them.
Nahri is my all-time favourite female character. She is fierce in her beliefs and values, willing to learn and appreciates what others can teach her, flawed but capable of change, kind-hearted, determined to do what’s right, and won’t back down from a man just because he is the king!
Thirdly, Dara e-Afshin.
Yes, I know, he is not a *good* man. He has done terrible things, and well, you know, has murdered a bunch of people and might kill even more. BUT, the way he is written is my point!
Chakraborty has written Dara in a way that makes you want to believe he is capable of being better. He might keep killing innocent people, but he might not! (Yes, I know how that sounds. I’m not forgiving what he has done, I’m simply choosing to believe he can be better.) And it’s that second part that we are holding on to. All he really wants is to be there for his Banu Nahida… *swoon*.
Fourthly, this story will make you
want to fight for a better world.
It seems like every single day there is a new story about something terrible happening. A woman being harassed because she wears a hijab. A child being bullied because they are gay. A man being killed because he is black. These stories hurt us as a species, but books like The City of Brass give you hope that more people will stand up and say, “No.”
At the very least, these books will give you a magical world to escape into for a little while when you need a break.
So. If you haven’t already read them, I (obviously) highly, highly recommend picking up S.A. Chakraborty’s The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper, and prepare yourself for the epic finale in 2020, The Empire of Gold. I’ve already got my copy pre-ordered.