It’s that time of week, again, which means, it’s First Impressions Friday. For those of you who are unfamiliar, #FIF is a weekly meme created by J.W. Martin. The goal is to talk about a book you recently started reading then share your first impressions, predict what you think will happen, and then say whether you think you’ll enjoy it.
I picked up a copy of THE CITY OF BRASS by S. A. Chakraborty, last weekend, but was only able to start reading it late Tuesday, so I didn’t get very far. But, oh my, have I been binge-reading ever since. So much so, I really, and I mean, really, don’t want to put this book down to eat, drink, or sleep!
I was sucked in from the very first pages and am hooked on Nahri, Ali, and Dara’s stories. This is an immense One Thousand and One Arabian nights kind of tale full of myth, magic and mystery. At once compelling and intriguing, brimming with action and adventure and yes, elements of horror too—ghouls that eat the living, and giant birds the size of a bus who find humans a tasty morsel to snack on.
I’m just at the halfway point, as Dara and Nahri find themselves stumbling towards the fabled city of brass: Daevabad. They’ve been racing across the desert, running for their lives, being chased by ghouls, monsters, and daemons alike and neither they, nor I, have had a moment to catch our breath!
I know, right now, that this one is only going to get better and, therefore, I feel more than a little confident in predicting that this will be a solid 9 out 10 rating, or higher.
This Persian carpet ride of a novel, is truly a magical one, and one I won’t soon forget.