In the final installment of the Daevabad Trilogy, the city of Daevabad has fallen and Nahri is faced with a choice. She has the option to stay in the home of her past or go back and fight for the new home that needs to be saved.
I was so excited to read this book because the last one ended on such a cliffhanger. However, I had such a tough time opening and starting this book. I was a little intimidated by the size and I just didn’t want the series to end, but once I did start, I was flying through the pages in a mad dash!
The story started off with a bang and just got crazier and crazier as the book went on. There were points where I was cheering, then I was sobbing, and then I was wanting to murder some of the characters. This book made me have so many emotions and it took me on a crazy journey into the unknown and I honestly have jet lag! The book kept going in crazy directions and when I thought I knew what was going to happen, it went into a completely different way. This author is anything, but unpredictable and I can’t believe this beautiful series is actually over!
Everything that I could’ve possibly wanted to happen to these beautiful characters did and everything was wrapped up in such an elegant, yet realistic bow. I felt that endings for all the characters were everything I wanted, but also they made a lot of sense to the plot and the book world that Ms. Chakraborty lovingly created.
Nahri became such an amazing character as the book went on and I am just so amazed how she turned out. She became such a powerful and jaw dropping heroine that has definitely been added to a list of my favorites! She was a badass and yet the voice of reason at the same time, but she had a couple of those pesky self-sacrificing tendencies that we all hate to love.
Ali has also been officially added to my list of bookish boyfriends and I’m sad to see this beautiful boy go! He finally became who he was meant to be and I was so happy for him because he finally got everything he deserved and more. I loved how he grew into his marid powers and through this, we got to learn and understand the background of the marid and the history that the daevas and the marid share. I also loved how he embraced who he is and didn’t apologize for it like he’s been doing for THE ENTIRE SERIES! Ugh it made me so angry that his family has been so blind to his awesomeness!
There was also a lot of character development for some of the side characters that I really enjoyed. I loved Jamshid from the very beginning and I LOVED the sibling relationship development between Nahri and him. They are so cute and I am so happy that they found each other despite their poopy parents. Zaynab and Muntadhir were not as present in this book as the others, but I enjoyed seeing their sibling relationship develop with Ali into a much healthier and happier relationship.
I honestly can’t believe everything that has happened with Dara. I loved him in the beginning, but have wanted to murder him many times as the series progressed. His obsession and his guilt corrupted him in such a way that I didn’t think he would be able to be redeemed in any way. I enjoyed seeing his progression and I thought it was handled in the only way that could have been.
The mythical creatures also EXPLODED in this installment and I really enjoyed all the traditional middle eastern mythological characters that were included in this fantasy. The shedu sounds so badass and I wish I could have one as a pet and the different marid creatures were so cool!
Overall, this book was a beyond perfect ending, but I’m devastated that it’s over. If you haven’t started the series already, you must do so now!
My Book Rating
5/5 Book World
The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Published on June 30, 2020 by Harper Voyager
Copy Read: Hardcover