Number of pages: 533
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 4.75
I normally don’t have much success with books recommended by authors whose books I’ve liked, but am I ever glad I gave City of Brass a try. If all adult fantasy books are like this, sign me up!
I started City of Brass in November while at university, and while reading time was scarce, whenever I had a chance to pick it up, time seemed to melt away. Hours passed in what seemed like minutes, and I longed to be able to not put it down. I think this was due to the writing. It was lyrical, but it wasn’t bogged down by unnecessary metaphors. Once it entranced you, no words were wasted.
City of Brass also featured the perfect balance between the serious and the dry humour I love. It’s genuinely hard to not burst into laughter while reading, but it understood when it was the wrong time to laugh.
I loved the characters. Even the ones like Ali, whose chapters were fairly boring in the beginning, grew on me. Nahri was definitely my favourite character, though. She was so smart and resourceful, and she wasn’t going to take anyone’s crap.
The world-building was really solid. The world described in City of Brass is complex, yet it was easy to understand. Even if you were confused, a lot of the terminology was explained in the back of the book.
The last hundred pages or so had my mouth hanging open in shock. Though the plot was starting to lag near the end, the epilogue left me needing the second book.
I think City of Brass is the perfect bridge between YA and Adult Fantasy. It was more complex, yet it had the familiar feel of a YA fantasy, and it definitely got me interested in trying out more adult books.
Overall, City of Brass, though slow at times, was a fantastic debut fantasy perfect for YA readers looking to give adult books a try. It has therefore earned 4.75 stars out of 5.