The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty is the final book in the Daevabad Trilogy.
The Ghaziri’s have lost their hold on Daevabad and Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her Afsheem Dara taken over, but the battle is far from won. The city is in turmoil, thousands are dead and the quarters are rebelling and afraid of what this new leadership will mean. What is worse, magic is gone.
On the other side of the world Nahri and Ali have escaped the slaughter with the help of magic neither of them comprehend and now they must decide what their next move is. Should they abandon Daevabad and find a life elsewhere or will they fight for a home that never treated either of them very well.
As the city continues to crumble into mayhem, truths will be revealed that been buried for decades if not centuries. Will Daevabad ever recover and will the Jin ever get magic back?
(FYI – I totally butchered all the spelling)
This is a series that I listened to the audio book and phew, were these long audio books. The trilogy takes place over the course of several years and take place in this involved, creative fantasy world full of magical world building and twisty politics. It’s no wonder the books are each 600-800 pages, you need that space to fit everything in.
That being said, I was pleasantly surprised that ending didn’t feel rushed. I often find that trilogies start off slow, do a ton of world building in book two and then wrap up really quickly in book three. But this series had a nice pace.
As much as I liked the series and this final book, there was something missing for me that I can’t quite put my finger on. I enjoyed the story but this last one needed something and I’m not sure what. Which is why I am going to give it 3.5 stars.
That’s all for now!