The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
I’ve been waiting for this book for so long.
The Kingdom of Copper is the sequel to The City of Brass, a high fantasy series set in the fictional Daevabad, a Middle-eastern inspired magical city with djinn inhabitants who are…let’s just say they’re not friends. I first read The City of Brass back in September/October of 2017. A long ass time ago. Cut to a few weeks ago, when I received The Kingdom of Copper in the post after the best book swap of the year, and I realised I hadn’t the foggiest what happened at the end of the first book.
It’s a problem I have.
While Twitter mutuals had linked me to an incredible website where they recap popular books, The City of Brass wasn’t on there, and so the universe decided that I would just have to figure it the hell out myself. And, because these books are so amazing, it didn’t take me that long to get into it.
So, why do I love The Kingdom of Copper so much?
Middle-Eastern Inspired Setting
Like I say in every review of a book with a Middle Eastern or South Asian (inspired or not) setting, I love it. It’s usually what I gravitate to when looking for a high fantasy to delve into. But this series isn’t surface level. It digs deep into the Middle East’s many cultures and history and takes inspiration from it. Obviously, it’s still a fantasy read, but from the amount of research and detail put into the setting, you can feel completely immersed and forget that it’s fictional and that you’re not actually there. You can smell the food, feel the finely spun silk between your fingers, hear the call to prayer sing across the city.
Is this not a popular trope? Most fantasies have some form of a court that has drama and intrigue. But again, through research and digging deep into just what this kingdom and their political landscape is, everything that is happening becomes more realistic, despite being a complete fantasy with magic and djinn. It’s still a functioning (although barely) society that can’t rely solely on magic to feed its citizens, build its infrastructure, and change the majority’s opinion.
Morally Grey Characters
I was stumped at who to root for in The City of Brass. While I have a little more clarity in The Kingdom of Copper, I like the fact that political leanings, moral standings, and the opinions of the characters change depending on their society’s situation, as well as each character’s POV we’re reading. Not only does it make the characters more interesting, it also makes them multi-faceted. In The Kingdom of Copper, we don’t come to play.
Slow Burn Romance
And I mean it’s a slow burn. So slow burn that I barely saw it in the first book. I had no inkling. But looking back on it, I realise it was there all along, embedding itself into the story. No insta-love here folks!
Of course I’m not going to spoil anything, but I’m excited to see what comes next for these characters, especially now that that’s happened, and they’ve ended up in this situation. You’ll have to read it for yourself to find out. The Kingdom of Copper comes out 21st February!