The streets of eighteenth-century Cairo are unforgiving, even for the most talented of thieves, tricksters and con artists, and Nahri counts herself the best of all three…
Among the swirling sands and bustling markets she ekes out a living preying on the superstitions of the city, but Nahri knows better than anyone that the trades she uses to get by – palm readings, zar ceremonies, and a mysterious gift for healing – are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means of swindling Ottoman nobles out of their riches. Riches that will one day grant her wish of leaving Cairo far behind.
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.
But Dara was not the only one to hear Nahri’s call. Her dabbling awakened creatures terrible and powerful, and now they’re coming for the pair of them.
Their only hope is to leave Cairo and travel across the windswept sands to reach Daevabad, the magical city of brass. It is a city of desire, danger and mystery to which Nahri is irrevocably bound, but behind the gilded walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments run deep and power struggles threaten to plunge Daevabad into civil war. The city is not the safe haven they were hoping for and Nahri’s presence has the potential to be the catalyst that causes a war even bloodier and deadlier than the last.
There is a reason they say to be careful what you wish for . . .
About the author
S. A. Chakraborty is a speculative fiction writer from New York City. Her debut, The City of Brass, is the first book in an epic fantasy trilogy set in the 18th century Middle East and will be published in November 2017 by Harper Voyager. When not buried in books about Mughal portraiture and Omani history, S. A. enjoys hiking, knitting, and cooking unnecessarily complicated meals for her family. You can find her online at www.sachakraborty.com or on Twitter (@SChakrabs) where she likes to ramble about history, politics, and Islamic art.
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