The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

The Daevabad Trilogy, Book 1

Synopsis: Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for…

Review: Roooh how did I do to miss this gem? I admit that I regret not having read the novel earlier because I am completely under the spell! I had a great time and I am more than impatient to discover more! I loved it! Yes, you read corectly, I really loved it! Go for it!!!! Well maybe you want to know more about the story, right? I understand that!

Nahri, poor Nahri who had only one dream and it was to become a doctor, to be able to leave and to find someone who would like to teach her to become this person. Well, she did not expect such a turnaround, that’s for sure! This is also her meeting with Dara, an enigmatic Djinn that will propel her into a world she did not know about.

Ah Dara! How not to fall under your spell? How not to want to discover all the secrets that you hide, because for one, you hide many! It’s pretty hard to really tell who you are, but we’ll learn a little bit more throughout the story, even if there’s so much to discover! And this world that we discover? And Ali, this prince that we do not really know what he wants.

Oh yes, many things and all this is just a small part of the story. I loved this novel, without being able to let it go. How to resist an incredible and original universe? How to resist a story about Djinns? It’s impossible and I can tell you that you will not regret if you try it!

Unfortunately, now I will have to wait for the sequels and that will be complicated because I can not wait to find out more! And what about that end? I want more!

The City of Brass de S.A. Chakraborty (VO)

The Daevabad Trilogy, Tome 1

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Nahri n’a jamais cru en la magie. Elle a du pouvoir; dans les rues du Caire du 18ème siècle, c’est une femme en marge de la société avec un talent inégalé. Mais elle sait mieux que quiconque que le métier qu’elle fait – lecture de la paume de la main, guérison – sont des tourpasse-passe/ tours de passe-passe, des compétences apprises, un moyen d’escroquer les nobles ottomans.

Mais quand Nahri invoque accidentellement un djinn guerrier aussi sournois et mystérieux à ses côtés, elle est obligée d’accepter que le monde magique qu’elle pensait n’exister que dans les histoires d’enfance est réel. Car le guerrier lui raconte une nouvelle histoire: à travers des sables brûlants, balayés par le vent, grouillant de créatures de feu, et de rivières où dort les mythiques marides ; au-delà des ruines de magnifiques métropoles humaines et de montagnes où les faucons ne semblent pas ce qu’ils semblent être, Daevabad est la ville légendaire des cuivres, ville à laquelle Nahri est irrévocablement liée.

Dans cette ville, derrière des murs de laiton dorés, ensorcelés, derrière les six portes des six tribus de djinns, de vieux ressentiments mijotent. Et quand Nahri décide d’entrer dans ce monde, elle apprend que le vrai pouvoir est féroce et brutal. Cette magie ne peut pas la protéger du dangereux réseau de politique. Que même le plus intelligent des systèmes peut avoir des conséquences mortelles.

Après tout, il y a une raison pour laquelle ils disent faire attention à ce que vous souhaitez …

Avis :  Roooh comment est-ce que j’ai fait pour passer à côté de cette pépite ? J’avoue que je regrette de ne pas avoir lu le roman plus tôt parce que je suis complètement sous le charme ! J’ai passé un excellent moment et je suis plus qu’impatiente d’en découvrir plus ! J’ai adoré ! Oui, vous avez bien lu, vraiment adoré ! Foncez !!!! Bon peut-être que vous voulez en savoir plus ? Je comprends !

Nahri, pauvre Nahri qui n’avait qu’un rêve et c’était de devenir médecin, de pouvoir partir et trouver quelqu’un qui veuille bien lui apprendre à devenir cette personne. Comme elle ne s’attendait pas à un tel revirement de situation, ça c’est sûr ! C’est d’ailleurs sa rencontre avec Dara, ce Djinn si énigmatique qui va la propulser dans un monde qu’elle ne connaissait pas.

Ah Dara ! Comment ne pas tomber sous ton charme ? Comment ne pas vouloir découvrir tous les secrets que tu caches, parce que pour le coup, tu en caches beaucoup ! C’est assez difficile de dire réellement qui tu es, mais nous en apprendrons un peu plus tout au long de l’histoire, même s’il en reste tant à découvrir ! Et ce monde que l’on découvre ? Et Ali, ce prince dont on ne sait pas vraiment ce qu’il désire.

Oh oui, beaucoup de choses et encore tout cela n’en est qu’une toute partie. J’ai adoré ce roman, sans pouvoir le lâcher. Comment résister à un univers incroyable et original ? Comment résister à une histoire sur les Djinns ? C’est impossible et je peux vous dire que vous ne regretterez pas d’avoir succombé !

Malheureusement, maintenant je vais devoir attendre la suite et ça, ça sera compliqué parce que je suis impatiente d’en découvrir plus ! Et que dire de cette fin ? Je veux la suite !

DNF – City of Lies by Sam Hawke

Poison Wars, Book 1

Synopsis: I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me… Outwardly, Jovan is the lifelong friend of the Chancellor’s charming, irresponsible Heir. Quiet. Forgettable. In secret, he’s a master of poisons and chemicals, trained to protect the Chancellor’s family from treachery. When the Chancellor succumbs to an unknown poison and an army lays siege to the city, Jovan and his sister Kalina must protect the Heir and save their city-state.
But treachery lurks in every corner, and the ancient spirits of the land are rising…and angry.

Review: This is a novel that I was looking forward to. The synopsis immediately attracted me and I was curious to discover this novel by Sam Hawke. Only here … I have not managed to connect to the story. Oh, yet I persisted and I almost read 50% of the novel, but at one point I had to admit that it didn’t work out. It’s been a long time since I DNF abook, it’s not my habit, but I realized the obvious thing. I can not say why it did not work out, but I’m sure it will find its audience!

DNF – City of Lies de Sam Hawke (VO)

Poison Wars, Tome 1

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : J’avais sept ans la première fois que mon oncle m’a empoisonné …  Vu de l’extérieur, Jovan est l’ami de longue date de l’héritier charmant et irresponsable du chancelier. Silencieux. Oubliable. En secret, c’est un maître des poisons et des produits chimiques, formé pour protéger la famille du chancelier de la trahison. Lorsque le chancelier succombe à un poison inconnu et qu’une armée assiège la ville, Jovan et sa soeur Kalina doivent protéger l’héritier et sauver leur ville-état.

Mais la trahison se cache dans tous les coins, et les anciens esprits de la terre se lèvent … et sont en colère.

Avis : Voilà un roman que j’attendais avec impatience. Le résumé m’a tout de suite attirée et j’étais curieuse de découvrir ce roman de Sam Hawke. Seulement voilà… je ne suis pas parvenue à vraiment rentrer dans l’histoire. Oh, j’ai pourtant persisté et j’ai presque lu 50% du roman, mais, à un moment, j’ai bien dû admettre que je n’accrochais pas. Ça fait très longtemps que je n’ai pas arrêté un roman en cours de lecture, ce n’est pas mon habitude, mais je me suis rendue à l’évidence. Je ne saurais dire pourquoi ça n’a pas fonctionné, mais je suis sûre qu’il trouvera son public !

Starless by Jacqueline Carey

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Synopsis: Jacqueline Carey is back with an amazing adventure not seen since her New York Times bestselling Kushiel’s Legacy series. Lush and sensual, Starless introduces us to an epic world where exiled gods live among us, and a hero whose journey will resonate long after the last page is turned.

Let your mind be like the eye of the hawk…Destined from birth to serve as protector of the princess Zariya, Khai is trained in the arts of killing and stealth by a warrior sect in the deep desert; yet there is one profound truth that has been withheld from him.

In the court of the Sun-Blessed, Khai must learn to navigate deadly intrigue and his own conflicted identity…but in the far reaches of the western seas, the dark god Miasmus is rising, intent on nothing less than wholesale destruction.

If Khai is to keep his soul’s twin Zariya alive, their only hope lies with an unlikely crew of prophecy-seekers on a journey that will take them farther beneath the starless skies than anyone can imagine.

Review: This is a novel that I was looking forward to. Why is that? Jacqueline Carey! It is not possible to miss one of this author’s novels and I was very curious to discover her new story.

Khai was raised in a kind of monastery, from an early age he was educated to become a skilled assassin and even more. Yes, because he is destined to serve as Shadow to the king’s daughter. Yet he did not expect this story and link to plunge him into the midst of great dangers. But as long as he is with the person he is responsible for, he is capable of everything!

I thought the ideas about Khai were really good and I admit that I did not expect such a revelation at the beginning of the story. With Zariya, they will go on a quest that will prove much more important than expected! The universe is also interesting to discover and I was curious to see what would happen. However, I must admit that I struggled to stay immersed in the story. The pace is quite slow and I had a little trouble on that side.

This aside, it was an interesting discovery.

 

Excerpt

“Right.” On the floor of the Dancing Bowl, Brother Yarit looked me up and down, a sour expression on his face. “Here’s your first lesson, kid.” With a deft twist, he unwound the tie that bound his hair back. “Catch.”

“Always keep a garrote handy,” Brother Yarit advised me. “That’s what I damn near used to kill you.”
Oh, I remembered.

“Here,” he said. “Let me show you how to do it.” Honor beyond honor.

Those were the words I whispered in my thoughts as I suffered Brother Yarit to lay his hands on me and demonstrate, pulling my hair back into a tail and winding the cord and the pegs around it, releasing it with a twist. Those were the words I whispered to myself as he made me practice it over and over.

Several of the brothers watched from the mouths of tunnels above the Dancing Floor. It made Brother Yarit uneasy.

“I agreed to train the kid!” he shouted up at them. “I never agreed to share clan secrets with all of you!”
None of the brothers responded.
“You agreed to everything when you undertook the Trial of Pahrkun,” I murmured, twisting and untwisting the garrote around my hair. “You are Pahrkun’s instrument now, brother.”

Brother Yarit glared at me. “Let me see you jump.”

 

Starless de Jacqueline Carey (VO)

Résumé : Laissez votre esprit être comme l’œil du faucon … Destiné dès sa naissance à servir de protecteur de la princesse Zariya, Khai est entraîné dans les arts du meurtre et de la furtivité par une secte guerrière dans le désert profond; cependant il y a une vérité profonde qui lui a été cachée.

Dans la cour du Sun-Blessed, Khai doit apprendre à naviguer dans une intrigue mortelle et sa propre identité conflictuelle … mais dans les confins des mers occidentales, le dieu noir Miasmus se lève, ne cherchant rien de moins que la destruction totale.

Si Khai veut garder en vie Zariya, la jumelle de son âme, son seul espoir réside dans un équipage improbable de chercheurs de prophéties dans un voyage qui les mènera plus loin sous le ciel sans étoiles que personne ne peut imaginer.

Avis : Voilà un roman que j’attendais avec impatience. Pourquoi ? Jacqueline Carey ! Ce n’est pas possible de passer à côté d’un des romans de cet auteur et j’étais très curieuse de découvrir sa nouvelle histoire.

Khai a été élevé dans une sorte de monastère, dès son plus jeune âge, il a été éduqué à devenir un assassin qualifié et même plus encore. Oui, parce qu’il est destiné à servir d’Ombre à la fille du roi. Pourtant, il ne s’attendait pas à ce que cette histoire et ce lien le plonge au milieu de grands dangers. Mais tant qu’il est avec la personne dont il est responsable, il est capable de tout !

J’ai trouvé que les idées qui concernent Khai étaient vraiment bien trouvées et j’avoue que je ne m’attendais pas à une telle révélation au début de l’histoire. Avec Zariya, ils vont partir dans une quête qui se révèlera bien plus importante que prévue ! L’univers est aussi tout intéressant à découvrir et j’étais curieuse de voir ce qui allait se passer. Cependant, je dois bien avouer que j’ai eu du mal à rester immergée dans l’histoire. Le rythme est assez lent et j’ai eu un peu de mal de ce côté-là.

Ceci mis à part, c’était une découverte intéressante.

 

Witchmark by C.L. Polk

Witchmark, Book 1

Synopsis: In an original world reminiscent of Edwardian England in the shadow of a World War, cabals of noble families use their unique magical gifts to control the fates of nations, while one young man seeks only to live a life of his own.

Magic marked Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be enslaved to his family’s interest or to be committed to a witches’ asylum. He went to war to escape his destiny and came home a different man, but he couldn’t leave his past behind. The war between Aeland and Laneer leaves men changed, strangers to their friends and family, but even after faking his own death and reinventing himself as a doctor at a cash-strapped veterans’ hospital, Miles can’t hide what he truly is.

When a fatally poisoned patient exposes Miles’ healing gift and his witchmark, he must put his anonymity and freedom at risk to investigate his patient’s murder. To find the truth he’ll need to rely on the family he despises, and on the kindness of the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen.

Review: I must say that when I saw the cover and when I saw that this novel was staging witches, I did not look for more and I plunged into it.

The world in which Miles lives is not easy, especially when someone has powers. He has been running away from his family for a long time because he is hungry for freedom and he hopes to be able to exercise quietly as a doctor. However, his life will change radically when he crosses Hunter’s road when one of his patients is poisoned. Teaming up together, they will have to understand what happened and perhaps even expose much bigger conspiracies than they thought. This research will bring Miles back to the fore and he will finally have to face his family and his destiny, but above all to make choices!

I had a little trouble getting into the novel at the beginning of the story, but finally, after a few chapters, I was easily carried away. The universe and characters are very interesting and although I still have several questions about the management of this society, I had a great time! I am not necessarily a very large reader of M / M novels, not even at all, even if I read some. However, I must say that here I liked this aspect and I found that it was touching, especially with such an end.

Full of surprises during the chapters and although I was surprised by Miles’s understanding of the situation, I sometimes really wanted to put Grace (his sister) back in her place.

It was a very interesting first volume and I am curious to see what the following book will propose!