Review – The Empire of Gold by S. A. Chakraborty

I love this series and didn’t hesitate when I saw the last book in the series available on NetGalley! I did do a review for Kingdom of Copper which is book 2 in the series.

This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley and Harper Voyager in return for an honest review. Thank you!

The Empire of Gold (City of Brass #3)

by S.A. Chakraborty

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 death of his people 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. Though Nahri is finding peace in the rhythms of her old 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.

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.

  • Cairo-time
  • the magic

I love how consistent this series is with narrators. From the first book the story has been told through 3 eyes; Ali, Nahri and Dara. In the third and final instalment, the story is still being narrated by Ali, Nahri and Dara.

This book starts straight after the previous book and there is no gap between. The fight over Daevabad is not over yet.

Nahir and Ali are on the run trying to find a way of making the world (their world) a better place. Ali is struggling with his water magic and a solution is found. All the while Dara is in Daevabad trying to make the coup work and trying to heal the city under the rule of Manizheh.

There is also a lot more background story involved in this book. I feel all the loose threads got re-connected.

Not much world-building needed but the world expands a bit more to include other areas which make it feel more of a solid thing in this world rather than part of a parallel universe.

For the science part, guns have arrived which also reflects the world situation at the time (turn of the century, just before world war 1, I think) but also some medical advancements.

Magic wise its so cool! Darra has gained a lot more magic than in the first book and is using it. There is also a part in the beginning without any magic and the effects are fascinating. Its shows how much of this world is actually based on magic.

There are also the new addition of some magical creatures and I wish there was more of it.

Nahri – in my review of Kingdom of Copper (#2) I described Nahri like this: Nahri is a character I liked from page 1 in the first book. Her cunningness and slyness with the core of goodness and equality are truly fascinating and the combination makes a good character to read about. I really enjoy her narrative.

In this book, I still agree with my assessment. I still love her combination of cunningness and goodness. However, in this book, there was more of the fighting for the greater good and equality than anything else. The con-woman part of her has been benched for now.

Ali – in my review of Kingdom of Copper (#2) I described Ali like this: Ali is the naive and narrowminded one who just wants justice and equality for all but doesn’t always play it out in his head before jumping in. I find him a bit too naive but also he isn’t the “obvious naive” and the “annoyingly naive” character, it’s difficult to describe but it’s very well done.

In this book, I feel Ali grows a lot. He is less of the narrowminded scholar and becomes the (still very naive) freedom fighter and a fighter for a political freedom. He also undergoes some other transformation but that’s spoilers 😉 

Dara – in my review of Kingdom of Copper (#2) I described Dara like this: Dara is the enslaved djinn who helped Nahri get to Daevabad in the first book. And who (spoilers from book 1) gets killed at the end of book 1. Now let be honest, there wouldn’t be a book 2 unless Dara was in it…. wink wink nudge nudge.

Well, it’s obvious that he came back to life as he still narrates in this book. I felt for Dara. His conscience is really nagging at him and his loyalties waver. In the end, there are only two options for him and I was surprised at the results. I’m a little heartbroken. 

Yup, slightly on the side 🙂

The writing great as always. I found a few minor spelling mistakes but I did have an early e-ARC edition and I’m guessing those issues have been resolved.

Apart from that, the writing was good. Precise and to the point without too much faff, in my opinion.

I loved this series so much!

I can’t wait to see what the author does next!

Can we have a spin-off with Dara, please?

Have you read this? What did you think?

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