Book Review: The Empire of Gold by S. A. Chakraborty|Conquests, shifting loyalties and forbidden magic|

A quick recap:

Daevabad has fallen. Ghassan has been killed by a mysterious vapor crafted by Manizheh. Thousands of Djinns are dead and a few more are trapped in Daevabad, which has lost it’s ancient magic, it’s veil of fog faded and is now accesible to the outer world. Muntadhir has been chained, Ali has Sulaeman’s Seal and is now in Cairo with Nahri after diving into the lake as they were running away from Manizheh. Dara is under Manizheh’s thumb, his loyalties lie towards restoring Daevabad as a kingdom for Daevas only.

Countless days spent wondering how this series will end and here we are, with a phenomenal conclusion that was expected of the author.

There is a civil war brewing in Daevabad and the rich and powerful are putting out their final cards in hopes to win over the other. ‘The Empire of Gold’ is a tale of ambitious conquests, bloodshed and forbidden magic. It is also about coming to terms with oneself (in reference to Nahri, Ali and Dara who are surrounded by mysteries regarding their heritage and powers). Ali’s fate in this book was unexpected (that has a lot to do with Marid magic, my favourite kind for some reason) and his character development is splendid. Banu Nahri stands out with her wit and wisdom and her quick & smart decision making skills. Dara is his usual self, the weapon with no freedom to make his own decisions.

Chakraborty gives us an epic adventure that has marid magic, mythical creatures, pirates and political allies coming together to save Daevabad. The author answers all the questions in the best way possible, the characters are as fresh as I remember them to be in the first book, and the loose ends are tied up neatly.

Chakraborty’s writing is detailed, atmospheric and engaging. The plot keeps you guessing until the very end and gives you countless moments where you have to hold yourself still and hope for the best. There’s so much hope at the end of the book and our characters make some great choices (unless we are talking about Ali, who as Nahri points out, is reckless and confused). A meticulously planned plot, that has been executed with grace and charm, ‘The Empire of Gold’ is the conclusion this trilogy deserves.

A meticulously planned plot, that has been executed with grace and charm, ‘The Empire of Gold’ is the conclusion this trilogy deserves.


Buy it here: |Amazon Kindle|

Book 1 of The Daevabad Trilogy: The City of Brass

Book 2 of The Daevabad Trilogy: The Kingdom of Copper

Blurb (as on Goodreads):

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.


Thanks to the Harper Voyager and Netgalley for the e-ARC. All opinions are my own.

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