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City of Brass

S.A. Chakraborty

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When Nahri dabbles in ancient ceremonies, she accidentally calls out for a warrior - and Dara answers. Not just anyone can summon someone such as Dara - a sly and darkly mysterious djinn warrior. However, like calls to like, and Dara believes Nahri is a lost descendant of the Nahids: a family of scared healers who once ruled the djinn world.
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Publisher Description

Discover this spellbinding debut from S.A. Chakraborty.

`An extravagant feast of a book - spicy and bloody, dizzyingly magical, and still, somehow, utterly believable' Laini Taylor, Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author

Among the bustling markets of eighteenth century Cairo, the city's outcasts eke out a living swindling rich Ottoman nobles and foreign invaders alike.

But alongside this new world the old stories linger. Tales of djinn and spirits. Of cities hidden among the swirling sands of the desert, full of enchantment, desire and riches. Where magic pours down every street, hanging in the air like dust.

Many wish their lives could be filled with such wonder, but not Nahri. She knows the trades she uses to get by are just tricks and sleights of hand: there's nothing magical about them. She only wishes to one day leave Cairo, but as the saying goes...

Be careful what you wish for.

Author Biography

S. A. Chakraborty is a speculative fiction writer from New York City. Her debut, The City of Brass, is the first book in the Daevabad trilogy. When not buried in books about Mughal miniatures and Abbasid political intrigue, she enjoys hiking, knitting, and recreating unnecessarily complicated medieval meals for her family. You can or on Twitter where she likes to ramble about history, politics, and Islamic art.


`THE CITY OF BRASS is the best adult fantasy I've read since THE NAME OF THE WIND. It's stunning and complex and consuming and fantastic. You must read it' Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES

      `An extravagant feast of a book - spicy and bloody, dizzyingly magical, and still, somehow, utterly believable'

Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of STRANGE THE DREAMER

      `Even a few pages will enmesh you in its magic'

Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author

      `Blends legend and history to create a fascinating world...thoroughly enjoyable'


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United Kingdom
S.A. Chakraborty
Harpercollins Publishers
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