The City of Brass

We’re happy to support debut authors, including S.A. Chakraborty with The City of Brass.

by S.A. Chakraborty

Quick take

S.A. Chakraborty’s richly detailed narrative and painstakingly imagined world building is the perfect escape from the real world, something we could all use these days.

Why I love it

Come along for a tale of magic, mystery, and adventure in this wildly enchanting debut! A dizzyingly exciting Middle Eastern-inspired novel, filled with mythology, treachery, and schemes around every corner, The City of Brass is a beautifully-told fantasy book that is perfect for fans of cons and conjurers, demons and desert worlds '¦

Nahri is a young con woman who knows all the tricks to stay...


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 trades she uses to get by'”palm readings, zars, and a mysterious gift for healing'”are all tricks, both the means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive.

But when Nah...

Member thoughts

75% Love
19% Like
4% Dislike
  • Adrian K.

    Anchorage , AK

    "HOLY SMOKING DAEVA DO I LOVE THIS BOOK. I need book 2 right now. "

  • Amelia P.

    Brighton , MA

    "This story is decedent and wholly captivating. A lush fantasy world with a touch of Middle Eastern folklore and an incredible host of characters. I loved every page! "

  • Taylor Y.

    Columbia, MO

    "I absolutely LOVED this book, and was so thrilled to discover it would be part of a series. I can't wait to dive back into this world. "

  • Betsy N.

    St Paul, MN

    "Great magical escapist read!"

  • Hanna V.

    Omaha, NE

    "Magical, captivating, beautiful! "

  • Hannah F.

    Virginia Beach, VA

    "Excellent characters, a completely absorbing world. I loved this book and I'm so excited to learn it's the first in a trilogy!"

  • Jo L.

    Chicago, IL

    "Magical, enthralling, with a gorgeous cast of characters in a vibrant, new world."

  • Aubrey M.

    Washington, DC

    "Difficult to understand all the factions at first, but so worth the effort! Got better and better."


    Seaside, CA

    "I had a severe book hanger-over after this one, i just wanted to stay in that world! Hoping to hear of a sequel coming!!"

  • Kat L.

    Denver, CO

    "While I wish I had discovered the glossary before I finished, I still appreciated the complex, vivid world created. It took a fair amount of effort to read but I'm glad I did! "

  • Rebecca C.

    Brush, CO

    "The fusion of history and fantasy is divine. I cannot wait for the sequel."