The Kingdom of Copper
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.
Nahri is now a devoted healer by all appearances, she has managed to hone her healing craft and magic. She was forced to marry Emir Muntadhir and has been trying to heal the poor djinn of Daevabad while trying to navigate the dangerous politics without Ghassan's finding out.
Dara is now forming a rebellion with Manizheh to take back Daevabad form Ghassan, which starts to draw horrific parallels to his past.
Ali. Oh my perfect Ali has been exiled from the Kingdom but with the upcoming festival to celebrate peace in Daevabad he finds himself being invited back but is terrified of what will await him. Ali has been learning to control his dangerous Marid abilities and is not afraid to use them to bring peace to all djinn.
This book was over 600 pages and yet I could not put it down, not once. It had to be pried from my hands, I was immediately lost in the world of Daevabad from page one and I never wanted to leave it. The world building in Kingdom of Copper left me breathless, I was in constant awe of Shannon's ability to vividly depict the world of Daevabad, the different tribes, the magic the creatures... just everything!
What I love most about this series is the characters, the representation of the character and ultimately their belief and how the politics are very frighteningly like our own. Chakraborty doesn't shy away from hard scenes and pushes her characters to their limits so we are able to get a full rounded view of just who they are. And while I would have loved another 600+ pages of Ali and his adventures, I completely adored seeing more chapters of Jamshid, Zaynab and Hatset.... what a character Hatset is! I will be praying to see more of her in Empire of Gold, such a eagle eyed and sharp tongued character and just one you want in every scene pointing out the glaring obvious... most of the time to poor Ali's dismay ha!
This has quickly became one of my all time favourite series, I just immediately wanted to reread it all over again and I'm not sure how I will last until Empire of Gold. The Kingdom of Copper is a stunning follow up with lots more magic, djinn, folklore, stunning world building and plot twists thats will keep you on the edge of your seat.