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The City of Brass
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S. A. Chakraborty is a speculative fiction writer from New York City. The City of Brass is her first novel. www.sachakraborty.com

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"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
"A richly imagined, stunningly immersive book that takes you into a world of darkly alluring djinn and beguiling magic...Peopled with irresistible characters and steeped in the myths of the Middle East, The City of Brass is a dazzlingly inventive tale."--Ausma Zehanat Khan, award-winning author of the Khattak/Getty mysteries and The Bloodprint
"An opulent masterpiece. Chakraborty's debut is desire-soaked, intrigue-laced, and rife with so-delicious-you'll-sink-your-teeth-into-it worldbuilding and equally mesmerizing characters. A must-read."--Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
"The City of Brass immerses you in a magnificent and vivid world. It's a thrilling adventure, brimming with fabulous magic, compelling characters, and wonderful intrigue. I can't wait for book two!"--Sarah Beth Durst, award-winning author of The Queen of Blood
"I particularly love a story of twisty, complex, dangerous, and character-driven family and palace politics, steeped in hidden history, cruel betrayals, and desires that can't be admitted. The City of Brass delivers on all counts."--Kate Elliot, New York Times bestselling author of the Court of Fives
"Fast-paced, strong characters, and immersive world-building--S. A. Chakraborty debut is a carpet-flying adventure of djinn-filled wonder that leaves you wishing for more."
--Michael J. Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of the Riyria Revelations
"This lyrical historical fantasy debut brings to vivid life the ancient mythological traditions of an Islamic world...Chakraborty's grasp of Middle Eastern history, folklore, and culture inspires a swiftly moving plot, richly drawn characters, and a beautifully constructed world that will entrance fantasy aficionados."--Library Journal (starred review)
"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
"Against [a] syncretic yet nonderivative and totally credible backdrop, Chakraborty has constructed a compelling yarn...culminating in a cataclysmic showdown that few readers will anticipate....Best of all, the narrative feels rounded and complete yet poised to deliver still more. Highly impressive and exceptionally promising."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"With this rich and layered novel, Chakraborty builds a fantasy world as intricate and intriguing as its Middle Eastern setting. Following the various subplots is like pondering vibrant Arabic design; readers will lose themselves in the wonder and complexity."--BookPage
"Chakraborty's first book in her in Daevabad Trilogy introduces an enchanting world of magic and treachery that will leave you clamoring for book two."--Paste Magazine
"S. A. Chakraborty's debut novel is an adventure that sweeps readers through the streets of Cairo and out into a spellbinding landscape of magic, warring clans, sacrifice, and betrayal. Each page reveals a new wonder. Con-woman Nahri, djinn warrior Dara, and the enchanted city that they--and we--are only just beginning to understand, are captivating. What an exciting ride!"--Fran Wilde, award-winning author of Updraft, Cloudbound, and Horizon
"The City of Brass is a mesmerizing fantasy tale of magic and intrigue that showcases the very best that the fantasy genre has to offer...a superbly written, lush fantasy story that deserves to be at the top of your to-read list."--Hypable
"Chakraborty writes a winning heroine in Nahri -- flawed but smart and engaging. And her portrayal of the cultural conflicts in the magical city of Daevabad and of Ali's inner turmoil is compelling and complex, serving as a strong counterpoint to the thrilling action."--Washington Post
"It's hard to describe just how gorgeous and intricate this fantasy novel is."--SYFY Wire
"Vivid descriptions percolate the lush prose, and a final twist leaves room for a sequel. Recommend this scintillating, Middle Eastern fantasy to fans of thoughtful, mystical adventures."--Booklist
"Chakraborty combines the plot's many surprises with vivid prose, and leavens the action with wry humor. There is enough material here--a feisty, independent lead searching for answers, reminiscent of Star Wars's Rey, and a richly imagined alternate world--to support a potential series."--Publishers Weekly
"Chakraborty's debut dazzles...The City of Brass takes readers on an emotional roller-coaster, leaving them with an open ending that will have them desperate for the follow-up. Majestic and magical."--Shelf Awareness (starred review)
"[The City of Brass] reads like an invitation for readers from Baghdad to Fairbanks to meet across impossibly divergent worlds through the shared language and images of the fantastical."--New York Times Book Review
"The City of Brass is more than a promising debut -- it beguiles all the way...Chakraborty's research and imagination are equally strong, and she deftly sets up a rich world -- and ample suspense -- for the rest of this trilogy."--Vulture (The Ten Best Fantasy Books of 2017)
"The City of Brass is a true testament to Chakraborty's writing [...] She has constructed a fantastic and immersive world brimming with Islamic lore, written characters that will stay with you long after the end of the book, and created a plot that will have you on tenterhooks."--Cultured Vultures
"The political corkscrews of George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones meets the emotion and imagination of Naomi Novik's Uprooted in this marvelous debut fantasy."--The Amazon Book Review
"The City of Brass is fast-paced and totally engrossing. It's the kind of book you can really immerse yourself in, and I'm so glad I was able to spend some time in this richly-detailed world."--All About Romance

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