The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S.A. Chakraborty

The Kingdom of Copper is the second instalment in the Daevabad Trilogy and is a sequel that surpassed my expectations.  I enjoyed The City of Brass, it made a great start and definitely hooked me but Kingdom of Copper took any little issues I had, threw them out the window and really blasted me away.

If you haven’t yet started this series then please be aware that spoilers may be contained below.

The story picks up almost where City of Brass left off.  Ali has been exiled by his father, basically a death sentence, he will either die in the desert or at the hands of one of the many assassins who will try to take his life now he no longer enjoys the protection of his family.  Nahri has married Ali’s brother Muntadhir, it’s not a marriage made in heaven but it keeps her alive, even if her life is constantly under surveillance.

We then jump forward five years.  In a strange twist Ali, after being taken in by the people of Bir Nabat, where his new found talents in finding water make him an absolute ‘must’ in terms of desert living, finds himself torn between wanting to settle down and not wanting to bring trouble to the people who have given him a home.  At the same time moves are afoot to lure Ali back to Daevabad.   Nahri, meanwhile, has managed to find a tentative sort of happiness.  She occasionally escapes the confines of the palace and on one such occasion she discovers an old hospital, now fallen into disrepair.  She forms a plan to rebuild the space to provide healthcare to both the Shafit and the Daeva, she just needs the blessing of her priests and the go ahead from Ghassan in order to proceed.

At the same time a rebel movement is gathering momentum.  At it’s head is Manizheh, Nahri’s mother.  She’s managed to summon help to her cause and is putting in place a terrible plan to take back the City that once belonged to her people.

These threads will all eventually come together in a breathtaking fashion.

Whilst I don’t want to give away spoilers I will say that Dara, of course, returns to the story.  Also, somewhat against his will, he finds himself called once more to duty.  I won’t say more.

Once again we find ourselves reading from the pov of Nahri, Ali and Dara.  The three stories are all easy to read and the characters themselves have grown incredibly since the first instalment.  Ali, in particular has matured and I really enjoyed his chapters and the conflict he experiences with his brother when he returns to Daevabad.  Nahri is a likable character, she wants to do something good and longs to stop the injustices and mistreatment of the Shafit.  Dara, he’s a conflicted character indeed.  On one respect I really feel sorry for him.  He has very little peace and although he’s committed some terrible atrocities he is at the end of the day a servant, a warrior without a will really, used to whatever ends his masters deem fit.  I really do feel torn about Dara.  On the one hand I want him to find the peace he seems to desire and on the other I want to shake him, shout at him or just slap him as he once again finds himself being used to commit dreadful deeds – Deja Dara.

I loved the writing here, it’s once again lush with detail and incredibly evocative.  The brightness, the exotic descriptions of the palace and it’s grounds.  The contrast with the poorer districts and the harsh living experienced by the desert people.  This is without doubt a sumptuous book and whilst this might give the pace a slower feel in the first two thirds I enjoyed the time taken to really set the scene – not just the place itself but the political maneuverings, the tight control that Ghassan wields over Daevabad, stamping on any type of rebellion with utter ruthlessness.  The tension slowly gathers, like storm clouds, until the dramatic finale explodes onto the pages.  And that ending – oh my giddy aunt!  The payoff.  The drama.  The long wait to the next book!!!

I really didn’t see any of that coming at all and I’m not only a little gobsmacked and a tad in awe but also completely thrilled about what it all means for the final instalment.  Empire of Gold get in my life.  Please.

All told, I thought this was a fantastic second book in series.  I like a book that is mature enough to take it’s time.  It’s not going to rush around willy nilly just to give you a quick thrill, it’s going to take it’s time, setting it’s stall out, drawing you in, lulling you in to believing you know what’s about to happen before pulling an absolute blinder and knocking you for six.

I have no criticisms.  I think the pace may be an issue for some readers but it wasn’t for me.  Yes, this isn’t a read that you’re going to dash through but the build up and final payload are worth the wait.

I received a copy through Netgalley, courtesy of the publishers, for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.

 

 

 

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16 Responses to “The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S.A. Chakraborty”

  1. Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    I can’t wait to read this. I already loved The City of Brass, so I assume I’ll absolutely adore this one. Fantastic review! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I thought it surpassed the first to be honest so I hope you enjoy it too
      Lynn 😀

  2. thebookofjess7504

    Great review!

  3. Ola

    The second cover is so cool!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I like both the covers for this book which is unusual because I find normally one stands out more.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I skimmed the middle/more detailed parts of your review because I am hoping to read this one real soon, but glad to hear you liked it so much. Every review I’ve seen of this book have been very positive, most seemed to think it was even better than book 1.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I definitely thought it was better than the first. The characters have grown, and I liked that the author takes her time to establish everything then pulls it all together for a blast of an ending. And what an ending – I really do look forward to book3.
      Lynn 😀

  5. imyril

    YAAAAS. So glad you’re all caught up and loving the rollercoaster 🙂 How will we all make it Empire of Gold?!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really don’t know. I enjoyed this more than the first and the ending has left me very excited to pick up the final one.
      Lynn 😀

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    This is the second enthusiastic review I’ve read in the past week or so, which means that the universe is trying to tell me something important… 😀 😀
    And even if you should not judge books from their covers, these two have *magnificent* ones that work as a siren song!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I thought this was better than the first. I had a few issues with the first but not enough to distract me but this instalment feels much more mature.
      Lynn 😀

  7. waytoofantasy

    Yasssss, I loved this one so much! And I feel the same way–any issues I had with the first one were non existent here. So glad you loved this one!

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