The Kingdom of Copper

The Kingdom of Copper

Book - 2019 | First edition
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"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."--Amazon.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062678133
0062678132
9780062870162
0062870165
Characteristics: ix, 621 pages : maps ; 24 cm

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PimaLib_ChristineR Nov 09, 2020

The Kingdom of Copper is the second entry in The Daevabad Trilogy. Let me begin with a recommendation that if you haven't read City of Brass, the first book, in at least the last two months, go back and do a refresher. I found that listening to the audio at about 1.5 to 2x speed, was a great reminder of all the groups involved, and you'll need that to navigate this politically heavy second volume.

Chakraborty has a gift for writing intricate political plots that still read like adventure, but if, like me, you need to see information to make it stick, The Kingdom of Copper is not a good first "read" as an audiobook. We have moved on five years from the events of the first novel. Ali has found a home in the desert, giving up all princely ambition. Nahri is married to Muntadhir but they are as often working at cross-purposes as they are allies. Dara has been resurrected by Manizheh to be her military leader as she plans her attack on Daevabad.

I love how intricate not only the plot is, but the characters as well. Nahri is ever hopeful yet a realist and still a bit of a conman. Dara is still biased against the shafit, but growing to fear Manizheh's power. All of the characters change and grow through the novel. Chakraborty doesn't rely on tired tropes either. What could clearly be a love triangle becomes a small side issue. Instead, to move the action forward there are two main plot devices: the annual celebration of Navasatem and Nahri's hospital. How each character helps, hinders or manipulates these two things culminates in a breathtaking last hundred pages that were un-put-down-able. Curse Chakraborty though for that cliffhanger ending! You'll need the final novel immediately.

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dnk
Nov 08, 2020

The second book in the Daevabad trilogy was much messier than the first. As with the first book, the narrative is split between Nahri, Ali, and Dara. I found the sections with Dara and Ali fascinating, but groaned during some of Nahri's passages. In fairness, her character is trapped in Daevabad while Ali and Dara are meeting new people, having adventures, and answering some important questions, but Nahri still comes off as whiny at many points through the first half of the story. However, she gets her groove back by the end, and by then we're rooting for her all over again. The story takes a shocking turn by the end, and you'll want to read the final installment immediately to find out how our heroine and her heroes get closer to solving the problem of Daevabad.

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Michelle_Stone
Aug 23, 2020

I loved the first book. This is more of the same with the story progressing and the intrigue getting more complicated and interesting. I can't wait to read the next one.

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andtyl
Jun 29, 2019

The second volume in the series was a big disappointment to me. You will need to re-read the first volume immediately before reading this or you will spend the whole read trying to figure out what's going on and why. Heaven help anyone who hasn't read the first volume.
Much too complicated.

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claireswazey
Feb 07, 2019

I absolutely loved the first book. This second one had so many names, categories, varieties and races that I could not keep up. I also felt characterers sometimes acted in a contradictory out of character manner and inconsistent . I was also tired of the constant bickering.

It seemed like the author was relying on a couple schticks or tropes for each character. I found it wearisome.

Over 600 pages. Once I realized it was becoming a chore to read, I ditched it.

Too bad. The first book was charming and fun.

OPL_AmyW Oct 17, 2018

Taking place five years after the events of the first book in the series, Kingdom of Copper jumps right into the adventure and political intrigue that made City of Brass so appealing. Much of the romance from the first book is missing, but, in this instance, that only adds to the fast-paced appeal of the book.

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Sep 19, 2018

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