Book Review: The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy Book 2) by S. A. Chakraborty

 
 
It's been five years since the events of the last book. Unrest between the Daeva and shafit in the hidden djinn city of Daevabad is growing while Ghassan continues to rule with an iron fist, squashing anyone who opposes him into submission, including Nahri and his own children. But outside the city, dangerous plans are brewing as well, plans that could drastically change life in Daevabad.

Book Review: The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy Book 2) by S. A. Chakraborty | reading, books, book reviews, historical fantasy, djinn
Title: The Kingdom of Copper
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Book Number: Book 2
Pages: 640
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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*

It is such a treat to find books that are this detailed and nuanced and feel so real. The writing, the characters, the story, the world building, it all came together so perfectly and was so well done that it felt like I was reading about real people. This was one of those books that legitimately made me forget I was reading. I was just there, fully immersed in the story.

Much like in the first book, the characters were so complex and believably flawed. I feel like I can’t talk about them individually without spoilers, but gosh, they were all so well-written, and I had such mixed feelings about some of them because I liked them and wanted them to be ok, yet it also felt wrong to just let slide some of the things they’ve done. I felt terrible for so many of them though. All the main characters were stuck between a rock and a hard place. Some of the supporting characters were in tough positions too. And as things got worse and worse, I felt terrible for everyone for other reasons as well. There was just so much betrayal and heartache and shock and guilt and grief and confusion among them.

That brings me to another thing I yet again loved: The author did such a great job of showing the complexity of conflict, and because I got to see POVs on multiple sides, I didn’t even know who to root for. All sides were right in some ways. All were wrong in some ways. I didn’t want to see any lives lost, but there was no easy fix, not when so many of players on the board wanted vengeance and power and were all too happy to resort to violence to get it or keep it.

But it wasn’t just the big conflict this author portrayed well. There was conflict among family, and the author really captured how complicated feelings for family members can be. There was also conflict within characters, when they had to make decisions with no easy answers.

Another thing this book did brilliantly was that it kept building the tension higher and higher and higher as it went on. Things kept getting more and more complicated and tangled and messed up in that way where you just know bad things are gonna happen, but you don’t yet know what. It was unpredictable and gripping. At times it was dark and full of violence and chaos. And when everything did start crashing, it was intense. This is a 600+ page book, but I wasn’t bored for even a single moment.

There’s also a surprising amount of humor in these books. I wouldn’t classify them as funny books because that’s not the main point, but there are little bits of humor sprinkled throughout, and I really love them.

Last but not least, I want to yet again mention how much I love this portrayal of djinn. They’re so detailed and interesting with their powers and their hidden city and their history and their society.

Overall, this was an amazing book with a gripping plot, complex characters and relationships, so much tension, and such a great portrayal of djinn, and it completely sucked me in!

 
 
Book Blurb

S. A. Chakraborty continues the sweeping adventure begun in The City of Brass—”the best adult fantasy I’ve read since The Name of the Wind” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir)—conjuring a world where djinn summon flames with the snap of a finger and waters run deep with old magic; where blood can be dangerous as any spell, and a clever con artist from Cairo will alter the fate of a kingdom.

Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad—and quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there.

Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of a devastating battle, Nahri must forge a new path for herself. But even as she embraces her heritage and the power it holds, she knows she’s been trapped in a gilded cage, watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her family—and one misstep will doom her tribe..

Meanwhile, Ali has been exiled for daring to defy his father. Hunted by assassins, adrift on the unforgiving copper sands of his ancestral land, he is forced to rely on the frightening abilities the marid—the unpredictable water spirits—have gifted him. But in doing so, he threatens to unearth a terrible secret his family has long kept buried.

And as a new century approaches and the djinn gather within Daevabad’s towering brass walls for celebrations, a threat brews unseen in the desolate north. It’s a force that would bring a storm of fire straight to the city’s gates . . . and one that seeks the aid of a warrior trapped between worlds, torn between a violent duty he can never escape and a peace he fears he will never deserve.

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  1. Greg

    Wow this sounds great. I remember being super intrigued by City of Brass (heck, I still am) and now this one sounds amazing too. I love it when characters feel so real and you root for them even though they do things that are repellent or just sketchy. Sounds like the characters are wonderfully done.

    And hey djinn too lol.

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    1. Kristen Burns

      It was! It’s really amazing when authors can write characters that realistically and also make you care about them even when they’ve done crappy things.

      Lol the characters are so good, the fact that they’re djinn is almost like an afterthought in my review even though I love djinn.

  2. Daniela Ark

    this series has the best covers ever! It’s great you are enjoying the whole series! And keeping the tension level is a hard thing to do I think! I’m super curious about this series because you are so enthusiastic about it! Too bad it is too long for me. :( Maybe in the summer! :)

    1. Kristen Burns

      Lol you do love these covers! Thanks! The tension was perfect. I did not want to stop reading for all 600+ pages. I was thinking it seems kind of long for your taste, but maybe you’ll get a chance at some point!

  3. Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

    Wow, that cover is amazing. This is a series that I really want to read. It sounds so interesting and I’m right there with you on loving books that can infuse a little humor in to offset some of the more serious matters taking place. I love that balance.

    Great review!

    1. Kristen Burns

      It’s even prettier in person! It’s a fantastic series, and it really is great when books have a touch of humor in them. Like you said, it’s a great balance. Thanks!

  4. Olivia Roach

    I want to read this series so badly!! I am so glad you were able to love the sequel pretty much just as much as book one. Perfectly flawed and believable characters are really nice and so necessary to make a good book. Surprise humor is so great and always makes me want to read more of those kind of books ^.^ I also really love books which shows the complexity in different situations, and when it comes to conflict it sounds like this one handles it so well. Brilliant review, Kristen. You have me drooling for this series even more :D

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    1. Kristen Burns

      It’s sooo good! Surprise humor is great because it feels so organic and just kind of slips in there all the sudden. If you like all those things, I think you’re gonna like this series!

  5. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Since I’ve not read this and totally intend on getting my own copy I’ve only skimmed over this but your high rating and positive comments are making me make grabby hands and are also making me want to reread the first book since I’ve not read since before it was released. I am forever sad I didn’t get EW approval but can’t wait to get a copy in my hands.