Review: The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

The Kingdom of Copper

Publisher: Harper Voyager
Author: S.A. Chakraborty
Release: January 22nd 2019
Received: Edelweiss
Warnings: Slavery, poisoning, forced marriage
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of The Kingdom of Copper from PUBLISHER in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Kingdom of Copper is the second book in the Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty. The City of Brass was beautifully written, with an exquisite amount of detail and character development. I knew right away that this book wouldn’t be any different, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

So far I’ve seen two covers for The Kingdom of Copper. I’ll admit that I like one of them much more than the other. Though both are quite striking. I just happen to love the cover that is a better compliment to the first novel. Got to love a complete set, right?

The Kingdom of Copper

So a quick side story before we begin: I was approved to read and review an advanced copy of The Kingdom of Copper through Edelweiss. I was so excited when I got the message! However, because I put my request in a bit on the late side, I only had a week to read an incredibly complex and beautifully written book. So I sat down and read this entire book in one sitting. It made for a fantastic weekend. Everyone understood why I wanted to be left alone to my book and were really understanding about it. I got to read a book I loved, and ignore people while doing it, all without feeling guilty. It felt amazing!

Spoiler Warning

The Kingdom of Copper met all of the expectations I’ve built over the last year and then exceeded them. I was blown away by the number of details included in this novel, the level of character development that occurred, and the complexity of all the planning and plotting that occurred throughout.

This novel contains so much within it; I’m not even remotely surprised by the page count. If anything I’d almost expect it to be higher! Still, not once did it feel like the pace was dragging. There was always something going on here. Either a character was plotting something, or they were reacting to something else or dozens of other situations.

The novel switched between three main perspectives, as the last one did. Nahri, Dara, and Ali all got their own perspectives/chapters again. Based on how the City of Brass concluded, you can rightly assume that these perspectives do not all start out in the same place. I personally loved this, because it meant we got to learn so much more about what was going on in and outside of the city, while also catching up with all of my favorite characters.

This novel made me feel so much. S.A. Chakraborty has a way of writing these emotionally compelling tales. They tear me up and then sew me back together. I’m constantly on the edge of my seat while reading – waiting for the next big event to come around the corner.

The character development for this series was sublime. I loved seeing the different ways each of our three main characters processed different situations. Seeing them all plot and fight to survive totally unique situations…it was breathtaking.

As for all of the political maneuvers and plotting in this novel…I just couldn’t get enough. I don’t think a novel with less complexity could have supported some of these schemes, and it would have been a great loss indeed. I loved reading every single detail, from the good to the bad.

What I’ve always found really intriguing about this series is the distinction between Djinn and Daeva. For many, it may seem like a small matter, but for these people, the differences could fill a chasm. It’s really quite fascinating to see it all.

I’m so happy to have had the chance to read the Kingdom of Copper early, and already I’m finding myself anxiously awaiting any news about the next novel. I’ll be sad to see this series end, but simultaneously I can’t wait to see how it’ll all wrap up.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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