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

S. A Chakraborty, S. A. Chakraborty: The Kingdom of Copper (Hardcover, 2019, Harper Voyager) 4 stars

Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during …

The Kingdom of Copper

4 stars

This is the second book in SA Chakraborty's Daevabad trilogy. This is a strong book two for a fantasy trilogy, and I quite enjoyed it. Rather than just Nahri and Ali being the sole point of view characters, this book also brings in a third perspective that adds some more insight into outside events. I love that Ali gets some space to find new friends and discover a little more about what's important to him. Nahri really comes into her own as well.

The weakest part of this book for me are that the antagonists seem increasingly flat. I wish there had been some point of view chapters (even just one or two) from Ghassan the king to understand the incredibly horrific things that he both does and threatens to do.

If anything, I just wanted more from this book, although that's probably just a sign that I really enjoyed it.

It's definitely a weighty fantasy tome with a fairly small cast, but I still wanted to hear more about peripheral characters, especially Zaynab and Aqisa who are off page a good bit of the book. Honestly, my favorite (but also infuriating) non-pov character in this book was Muntadhir. He goes through such dramatic but believable shifts over the course of the book, not just in his relationship with Nahri but also with his sibling Ali. The tonal shift between Muntadhir's petty archery competition, the sibling argument in a closet afterwards, and then finally the heroism archery parallel at the end is just chef's kiss.