The Empire of Gold: 3 (Daevabad Trilogy)

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The Empire of Gold: 3 (Daevabad Trilogy)

The Empire of Gold: 3 (Daevabad Trilogy)

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A rich Middle Eastern fantasy…Against [a] syncretic yet nonderivative and totally credible backdrop, Chakraborty has constructed a compelling yarn of personal ambition, power politics, racial and religious tensions, strange magics, and terrifying creatures, culminating in a cataclysmic showdown that few readers will anticipate…Best of all, the narrative feels rounded and complete yet poised to deliver still more. The Daevabad trilogy certainly stands out for me as something different, and I have loved every minute that I have spent in Daevabad and beyond through its words, and the Empire of Gold was overall everything I wanted. Despite what Nahri and Ali were feeling at the beginning of this book, I loved seeing them in this setting. I can’t believe that Nahri and Dara didn’t end up together and that it was hinted that Nahri and Ali will be together. It's been almost a week since I finished and I needed a few (*cough* several) days to collect myself so I wouldn't just burst into tears while writing and posting this.

The book I want to spend this post briefly reviewing, The Empire of Gold, is an excellent end to what was already a great Daevabad Trilogy. There are reasons why I hate The Red Rising qnd Throne of Glass series so much, and this way of writing plot twists is one of them 😤 So I’m not going to forgive S.Afte rall, Nahri’s mother has taken Daevabad, Ali is trying to get over his brother’s death, and Nahri still can’t believe what Menizah and Dara have done… As understandable as this quieter period in their lives is, as eager was I for the story to pick up again. I’ve been very critical of Dara over my reviews of this series, and that doesn’t entirely change here, his POV works better than it did in Kingdom of Copper because he is our eyes into what’s happening in Daevabad here, but he still does some pretty heinous things over the course of this book. Chakraborty uses her time wisely because while the bigger plot may not be moving forward, the characters are growing quite a bit.

The Empire of Gold is the third book in the Daevabad Trilogy, and concludes the story of Nahri, Ali, and Dara. So much of what happens to him in this book, either makes you want to shake some sense into him, because how can he be blind to Manizheh’s actual goals, or your heart just breaks. And at the surface, the political intrigue, war, inter-family rivalries, and scheming all make each chapter fascinating. I really enjoyed this trilogy despite this last book, first of all because I now know about Jamshid and I’m very sad I can’t read about him again.

Empire of Gold by SA Chakraborty – great character arcs, lush world building, a little bittersweet but ultimately satisfying. A hazy black cloud revealed itself to be a swarm of flies, and the ruined Citadel still lay bare to the sky like a scar, its tower half-drowned in the lake. But it does promise that things will be better, and that’s about as good an ending as I can hope for. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Harper Voyager and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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