Title: The Empire of Gold
Series: The Daevabad Trilogy #3
Author: S.A. Chakraborty
Release Date: June 11, 2020
Blurb: The final chapter in the bestselling, critically acclaimed Daevabad Trilogy, in which a con-woman and an idealistic djinn prince join forces to save a magical kingdom from a devastating civil war.
Daevabad has fallen.
After a brutal conquest stripped the city of its magic, Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her resurrected commander, Dara, must try to repair their fraying alliance and stabilize a fractious, warring people.
But the bloodletting and loss of his beloved Nahri have unleashed the worst demons of Dara’s dark past. To vanquish them, he must face some ugly truths about his history and put himself at the mercy of those he once considered enemies.
Having narrowly escaped their murderous families and Daevabad’s deadly politics, Nahri and Ali, now safe in Cairo, face difficult choices of their own. While Nahri finds peace in the old rhythms and familiar comforts of her human home, she is haunted by the knowledge that the loved ones she left behind and the people who considered her a savior are at the mercy of a new tyrant. Ali, too, cannot help but look back, and is determined to return to rescue his city and the family that remains. Seeking support in his mother’s homeland, he discovers that his connection to the marid goes far deeper than expected and threatens not only his relationship with Nahri, but his very faith.
As peace grows more elusive and old players return, Nahri, Ali, and Dara come to understand that in order to remake the world, they may need to fight those they once loved . . . and take a stand for those they once hurt.
Wow, did this book exceed my expectations!! The first and second books both had slow starts with great second halves. However, they were so long, that those slow starts just never seemed to end and drug on for what felt like forever. I obviously kept reading, though. Even in the slow parts there were hints of greatness to come, and the second halves were sooo very good. Honestly, I expected more of the same or worse for this final book. I am so very thankful to say how very wrong I was! This final book was awesome from start to finish!
This book never once felt like it was slow or dragging. And it just brought out all the feels ~
Dara ~ I felt frustrated. I felt heartbroken. I felt hopeful. That final scene with him and Nahri was just …. well, let’s just say I want a spin-off series!
Jamshid ~ His brotherly love was just everything warm and gooey and he had my heart! The scenes with him and Nahri were sooo very good!
Nahri ~ Her tenacity is so encouraging, and the way she always chooses the right thing no matter how tempting the wrong thing can be is just so inspiring and believable since you get to see how hard those decisions are for her.
Ali ~ His heart for his country. His love for his family. His desire for Nahri. His sacrifice! His innocence. His growth and acceptance.
This story was packed full of adventure and culture from start to finish both on land and water. Mythical creatures abound. Twists and turns in every chapter. Politics that give us so much to learn from. And I honestly just want more. This book is nicely wrapped up, but I definitely want another series to show us what’s next (or just a continuation on the trilogy). I soooo want more!! 5 very stong stars!! One of my favorites of the year!!
The books in this series are long. I’m not at all intimidated by long books but when I believe they’re going to be slow, I can definitely be inclined to put them off. Which books have you put off that you wish you’d picked up sooner?