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 the battle that saw Dara slain at Prince Ali’s hand, Nahri must forge a new path for herself, without the protection of the guardian who stole her heart or the counsel of the prince she considered a friend. 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 familyand 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.
I am loving the series so much, however, I do feel like this book has middle book syndrome. To me not much happened until the last maybe 200 pages, everything before was the lead-up.
This second book takes place 5 years after the events of The City of Brass, we get to see how all the characters have moved on and evolved since we last saw them.
Ali has been banished from Daevabad and is trying to hide the abilities that were given to him by the marid in the lake.
Dara is believed to be dead, slain by Ali, however, he is with Nahri’s mother planning an attack on the city he loves.
Nahri is alone in Daevabad, married to the secretive and imposing heir to the throne. She has plans for the city but must keep them to herself for her protection and the protection of her people.
With the Navasteem holiday coming all three will come head to head in a war that could end everything.
I know I said that not much happened in the majority of this book I still enjoyed it because we got to see who the characters were by themselves and how they were handling everything that had happened. Something I really enjoyed was watching Nahri and Ali rebuild their friendship after Ali killed Dara in the previous book. You can really see how Nahri is hurting after that event but knowing that Ali is on her side and is helping her as much as he can, even though his father is very much against him and Nahri.
I was upset with how things turned out with Dara though because I really liked him in the first book, but his plans to take over Daevabad didn’t really seem like the Dara we knew in the first book. I know that he was showing more of his true self because of the magic used on him but you can see that it wasn’t what he wanted either. He wanted to be with Nahri.
I’m nervous to read the third and last book in the trilogy because I don’t think it will go the way that I want it to but I’m so excited to see where we will end up.