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The Empire of Gold

av S. A. Chakraborty

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Sort of a cross between 1001 Nights and Game of Thrones. It’s gratifying and interesting to read a fantasy novel set in something other than European mythology. Author Shannon Chakraborty’s Daevabad Trilogy is set in a mythical Middle East (although clues in the text show the human time is the early 19th century). The protagonists are djinni and daevas, with appearances by marids, ifrits, and peris. Although supernatural and magical, these don’t have omnipotent power and are subject to the same emotions and problems as humans – they are born, live and die, fall in love and hold hatreds, form alliances and foment treacheries, and have class, race and religious prejudices.

The characters have plenty of time to develop in the three-book series; they range from appealing to appalling – sometimes both at once. The books are easy reads, although things slow down in the second (The Kingdom of Copper) and third (The Empire of Gold); I suspect that once the first book (The City of Brass) was a best-selling success, the editors became reluctant to insist on aggressive pruning. Still, these are worthwhile reads, and I’m inspired to do more research. ( )
  setnahkt | Jul 23, 2021 |
Excellent conclusion to Chakraborty's Daevabad fantasy trilogy. Nahri and Ali have barely escaped the city with their lives, finding mysteriously transported together to the Nile in Egypt. Nahri nurses Ali back to health, with the help of an old pharmacist friend. She longs for the serenity there, but cannot abandon her friends while Ali feels driven to save his people in Daevabad, where his father ruled mercilessly. He takes Nahri to meet his mother in Egypt, where she rules over a small fiefdom. In order to get back, Ali, makes a deal with the devil marids, working with the alligator king, Sobek. Meanwhile, with Ali's departure with Suleiman's ring, magic has disappeared in Daevabad. Nahid leader Banu Manizheh wants to dominate the city, first trying to broker a peace among the different tribes, and when betrayed, unleashing her mighty Afshin weapon, Dara, who is compelled to act against his honorable intentions. A surprising resurrection, some new allies/foes, including a pirate, and some new mythical animals (peris, shedus … Mish Mish rules!) make for a pretty intense ride. Via various slow reveals, we learn that about the parentage of the main characters, which are different than previously believed. Read the other books first before tackling this one: 4.5 stars. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
When I really enjoy a book, I regret finishing it. And I regret finishing this wonderful novel, the last of the Daevabad trilogy. The novel triumphantly weaves together all the strands of the plot to bring this epic adventure to a satisfying conclusion.

We learn about the mysterious origins of Nahri, we watch as her affection for Ali grows, and we watch, horrified, as Dara is enslaved again. But the story is a wonderful windup to a brilliant trilogy.

Warning: this book induces a severe case of One-More-Chapter-itis. You will lose sleep reading it, because you must read just one more chapter.

Highly recommended. ( )
  barlow304 | Jul 5, 2021 |
This novel to end this trilogy was truly epic!
New alliances, swaying allegiances, personal histories revealed, romance, and all that magic!
I enjoyed the ride and the satisfying resolutions. ( )
  deslivres5 | May 25, 2021 |
So, after the cliff-hanger of the second book, after all the lies, betrayals, deaths, and confusions, the only real question is can Chakraborty wind up this trilogy in a credible fashion. The answer is yes. Though that climax is going to require a lot more death before it's all done. This trilogy is a great achievement and there is very little that I can fault the author on, except for, maybe, that it's so over-stuffed at points that it's just all too much. I know; the folks who love a long, long, immersive story are going to be delighted with this work, but about 300 pages in I was starting to have that old are we there yet feeling, even if there is very little I could point to as needing to be excised. Maybe this trilogy needed to be four books; I actually wouldn't have minded more of Nahri & Ali's adventures outside of Daevabad. ( )
  Shrike58 | Apr 10, 2021 |
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