The Kingdom of Copper

Harper Voyager. (Daevabad Trilogy, Bk. 2). Jan. 2019. 664p. ISBN 9780062678133. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062678157. FANTASY
OrangeReviewStarFive years ago, young con artist Nahri discovered her ability as a Daeva healer and traveled with djinn warrior Dara to Daevabad. The city is ruled by King Ghassan, who is descended from the Geziri tribes that conquered the Daevas and seized the magic-controlling Suleiman's seal. At the end of the last book, City of Brass, Dara was killed by Ghassan's younger son, Ali. Nahri was forced to marry Ghassan's older son, Muntadhir, relinquishing her powers and people to his control. As Nahri chafes under Ghassan's thumb and increasingly cruel whims, she faces decisions she never thought she'd have to make. Not only is Ali alive, thanks to water magic from the fearsome marid, but Dara has been summoned back to the world to dethrone Ghassan and reclaim Daevabad from the Geziri.
VERDICT With a richly immersive setting and featuring complex familial, religious, and racial ties and divides, Chakraborty's second book in the trilogy wraps readers in a lush and magical story that takes over all the senses. [See Prepub Alert, 7/23/18.]

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