Daevabad is a tinderbox and our characters have the match
Tales of djinn and spirits. Of cities hidden among the swirling sands of the
In Daevabad, where djinn can summon flames with a snap of their fingers, where rivers run deep with ancient magic, and blood can be as dangerous as any spell, a clever con artist from Cairo will alter the fate of a kingdom.
Nahri’s life changed forever when she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad, she needed all of her grifter instincts to survive. Now, as Nahri embraces her heritage and her power, she must forge a new path.
Exiled for daring to defy his father, Ali is adrift on the unforgiving sands of his ancestral land, hunted by assassins and forced to rely on frightening new abilities that threaten to reveal a terrible family secret.
And as a new century approaches and the djinn gather within Daevabad’s brass walls to celebrate, a power in the desolate north will bring a storm of fire straight to the city’s gates . .
Since reading the Rebel of the Sands trilogy, I had yet to find another series to fill the hole left by that series, alas! Here comes the Daevabad trilogy!!
Oh I loved this book, loved it a lot. Nahri is just brilliant, I love female leads lI launched into this book immediately after finishing City of Brass and it didn’t disappoint.
After a prologue, we pick up 5 years after the events of City of Brass.
Nahri, after negotiating a substantial dowry is now married to Muntadhir. While their agreement is amicable, she is alone but for the company of her assistant Nisreen who returned when she learned about the last Nahid arriving in Daevabad. Things aren’t going smoothly for Nahri, after Dara’s death, she was utterly bereft and was forced to formally denounce him under Ghassan’s threat. She throws herself into her work and resigns herself to her new life in the palace. While she is alone in one sense, it is nice to see that Nisreen and Jamshid have her back and can be relied upon.
We meet Nahri’s mother Manizheh, a formidable woman who has been very busy since her ‘death’. She is the one who brings our beloved Afshin Dara back, though not quite as he was before. Dara is ‘reborn’ how Daeva/Djinns originally were. Free from Suleiman’s curse, he has extraordinary gifts given to him and has to serve the ruling Nahid. Originally thought to be Nahri but now Manizheh is back on the scene, she is calling the shots.
Speaking of things not being the same as they were before, we come to Ali. At the end of City of Brass, we see him fall into the lake and get possessed by the Marid. Gifted with new abilities, which threatens to unearth a secret long buried by his family, he is shaken and exiled by his father for the threat he possess. Though he doesn’t stay away from Daevabad long and his return brings trouble of its own.
The world building in this book doubles! We see new tribes and new characters (love Issa and Razu!). We view three separate stories who all have the same destination, Daevabad is a tinderbox and our characters have the match.
The ending left me wanting more, it will have far reaching repercussions and I want to drive straight into book three, which unfortunately, isn’t out yet! Hurry up 2020!!