Favourite Book Quotes, Muslim Shelf Space, The Daevabad Trilogy

My Favourite Quotes From The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

It’s no secret how much I absolutely adore The Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty. If you follow me on my social media you know that I regularly fangirl and basically throw this book at everyone to read and my most anticipated read of the year is Empire of Gold which is out on June 30th so you all still have time to read the best books you will ever read before the final book is out!

In this post I am going to share my favourite quotes from the first book, The City of Brass and it may just convince you all to go read or reread the book!


So here are my favourite quotes:

He was an easy mark. – The very first line of the book and instantly convinced me that I will love this book and Nahri!

“Suleiman’s eye!” it roared. “I will kill whoever called me here!” – an apt introduction to Dara.

The best tales always have at least a kernel of truth. – This quote is amazing on so many levels because what the book is inspired by and how much of real history Shannon weaves seamlessly into the books.

“You’re some kind of thief then?” “That’s a very narrow minded way of looking at it. I prefer to think of myself as a merchant of delicate tasks.” – Look by this point I was already in love with Nahri but damn her sass is so on point!

“Oh calm down, sheikh.” Zaynab shivered. “It’s cold up here.” “Cold? We’re djinn! You are literally created from fire.” – I love the banter and the squabbling between the Qahtani siblings. I want more of it please!


“I think I should like to learn to do this” “Pick a lock? She laughed. “Are you planning a future as a criminal in the human world?” “I like to keep my options open.” – I love this whole chapter when Nahri and Ali are just chilling and studying like the nerds they are!

“I’m coming back Nahri,” he promised. “You’re my Banu Nahida. This is my city.” His expression was defiant. “Nothing will keep me from either of you.” – While I am not a fan of Dara, I have to admit he does have some great lines.

“Come on Nahid. A Qahtani fool is offering is offering up free information surely your instincts are telling you to take advantage of it.” That drew a slight smile, tinged with exasperation. – Ali and Nahri have such a wonderful friendship and I just want to see more adorable scenes like the library scenes in this book.

In what world do men and women pay the same price for passion. – The parallels to our society and the raw truth and the context it was said in was honestly chilling.

Nahri always smiled at her marks. – The last line of the book parallels the first line so well and it made me cheer for her after everything she had been through, I knew she would be a force to be reckoned with in the next book!

And here is my absolute favourite line from the book:

Greatness takes time Banu Nahida. Often the mightiest things have the humblest beginnings. – It’s such a wonderful line in so many ways, not only is it inspiring and motivating but in the context of the book, it’s something that I feel indicates that Nahri will achieve great things.


So here are my favourite quotes from the book! If you read the book tell me some of yours!

I have also written these blog posts about the Daevabad books:

I have also reviewed The City of Brass here and The Kingdom of Copper here.

I have also created a Daevabad book tag which you all welcome to do! Please do tag me if you do it! I would love to see your answers!

I wrote about why you should all read the Daevabad books here

And this post is about when I met Shannon last summer. You can read it here.

8 thoughts on “My Favourite Quotes From The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty”

  1. YAS! I love all of these SO much! This one by Dara – “I’m coming back Nahri,” he promised. “You’re my Banu Nahida. This is my city.” His expression was defiant. “Nothing will keep me from either of you.” – is one of my favourites! I am a Dara fan lol but in the way that I understand he is problematic to say the least and has committed some atrocious crimes, but I love the way he was written – ancient, grumpy, loyal, fierce, and kind of sees the world in black and white. He’s so difficult, you just want to throttle him sometimes lol I also really love the last one you shared: “Greatness takes time Banu Nahida. Often the mightiest things have the humblest beginnings.” UGH the whole series is just SO good!

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  2. Jade, you’ve made an excellent review and a blog on the Daevabad Trilogy!! These books are INCREDIBLE!!! Thanks for the quote. I’m a massive fan of the magical world, the Muslim culture infused in the book, the political and religion struggles, Chakraborty’s humour (!!!) and of course the characters:Ali (my favourite since the City of Brass), Nahri, Aqisa (she is soooo funny – her and Dara were flirting) and Zaynab. Thanks again for the section on the books and the quotes

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