〚 MAY 23 2018 〛
Q: What is your favorite fantasy or mythological creature?
I have fallen in love with djinn, and it is all thanks to S. A. Chakraborty and her amazing Daevabad trilogy. Unhappy with Game of Thrones? May I present to you this amazingly rich and complex fantasy bursting at the seams with history and magic...
Healer and con woman Nahri is thrust headfirst into a land of djinn, ghouls, and sea monsters when she accidentally summons an ancient warrior, Dara, thought to have been dead for thousands of years. Quickly learning that she is not as human as she once thought, Nahri finds herself navigating the slippery politics of Daevabad, the magical, capital city of brass floating in a mystic lake. Surrounded by friends and enemies alike, Nahri meets a rich cast of characters spread across five different djinn tribes: from religious leaders of her own tribe (Jamshid, I adore you 🖤) to the royal princes whose ancestors overthrew Nahri's own, as well as the downtrodden "half bloods" who are fighting for equality.
I can't express how much I enjoy these books. Not only do they 1) fall into my favorite category of fantasy that diverges from traditional European mythos and 2) feature one of my favorite magic creatures, the djinn, but the plot is just the perfect tangle of twists and turns. These books are politically complicated. There are many different conflicts dealing with race, social standing, and, most importantly, the way history can be twisted to serve different needs. I really can't recommend a fantasy series more, especially if you're looking for something new and fresh. I'm eagerly awaiting the final installment of the trilogy to see what suprises are still in store.
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