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Author: S. A. Chakraborty Narrator: Soneela Nankani Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2017 ISBN: 9780062742643
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Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills, a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to question all she believes. For the warrior tells her an extraordinary tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire and rivers where the mythical marid sleep, past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises and mountains where the circling birds of prey are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass—a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In Daevabad, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. A young prince dreams of rebellion. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal, that magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics, that even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. After all, there is a reason they say to be careful what you wish for …

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s stunning and complex and consuming and fantastic. You must read it.”

    Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “An opulent masterpiece…Desire-soaked, intrigue-laced, and rife with so-delicious-you’ll-sink-your-teeth-into-it world-building and equally mesmerizing characters. A must-read.”

    Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author

  • “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)

  • “A compelling yarn of personal ambition, power politics, racial and religious tensions, strange magics, and terrifying creatures…Highly impressive and exceptionally promising.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Chakraborty combines the plot’s many surprises with vivid prose…and leavens the action with wry humor.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Vivid descriptions—brass buildings, fine fabrics, spicy smells—percolate the lush prose…Recommend this scintillating, Middle Eastern fantasy to fans of thoughtful, mystical adventures.”


  • “A magnificent and vivid world…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

  • “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 Bloodprint

  • “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.”

    Fran Wilde, award–winning author

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About the Author

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

About the Narrator

Soneela Nankani, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a classically trained actress, voice-over artist, and singer who has had roles in film and on television. She has worked with the award-winning Sojourn Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.