The Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy #3) by S.A. Chakraborty

The Banu Nahida and her Afshin have finally taken back Daevabad and made their enemies pay, but magic has left the city, leaving them powerless to keep control. Nahri and Ali find themselves worlds away and without their magic, they must decide if it is worth it to risk saving Daevabad.

Fantasy, 766 pages, published in 2020

The Banu Nahida and her Afshin have finally taken back Daevabad and made their enemies pay, but magic has left the city, leaving them powerless to keep control. Nahri and Ali find themselves worlds away and without their magic, they must decide if it is worth it to risk saving Daevabad.

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I have always had a little bit of an issue getting through these books because a lot of the politics go right over my head, but this finale was just so good. It had such an impact on me even without me grasping all the nuances, so I definitely will be rereading this series in the future, because I think I would definitely understand it better the second time and also get more out of it.

This book expands the world a lot more, which I really liked. The marid have been a constant mystery in these books, but they were explored a lot in this book, which I found really interesting and cool. More of the djinn world is shown in this book, which I really enjoyed as well.

The emotions for both the characters in this book and me were absolutely wild. Sometimes I would have to laugh, but then a few pages later, I would be crying. The relationships between characters are complex, so there are so many feelings between them. There are so many hard choices and sacrifices that were made in this book.

The conclusion was just so good, in my opinion. The way that the conflict was resolved was so satisfying because it just made so much sense with what had happened so far. It wasn’t rushed and there was a good amount shown after the climax. It wasn’t an unrealistic “everyone lived happily ever after” at all, or even a “everyone dies and no one is happy”. It felt like such a good balance between sad and hopeful, which felt very realistic and in line with the story and characters. I could go on and on about all of my feelings about the ending, but I don’t want to get into spoilers.

This has definitely ended up being one of my favorite series. I have loved the characters from the start and seeing their growth has been amazing. I definitely would recommend this series if you like political fantasy, though if you have a hard time with politics, I would suggest taking notes as you go! That’s something I wish I had done the first time and will definitely be doing when I reread them!

Follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest for more book updates and pictures!

The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S.A. Chakraborty

Synopsis: After accidentally summoning an ancient djinn warrior, Nahri is taken to the city of Daevabad, where is she told that she is a Daeva from a prominent healing family. Now, five years after the events of the first book, Nahri must navigate life in a city and with people she doesn’t know.

Fantasy, 625 pages, published in 2019

Synopsis: After accidentally summoning an ancient djinn warrior, Nahri is taken to the city of Daevabad, where is she told that she is a Daeva from a prominent healing family. Now, five years after the events of the first book, Nahri must navigate life in a city and with people she doesn’t know.

Spoiler Free Review:

💜💜💜💜

I have to be honest, this book was really hard for me to get through. I initially picked it up and only got halfway through before I put it down in favor of something else. I had to listen to the audiobook in order to finish. I think this was due to two things:

  1. I still have a hard time with the politics of this world. I know daevas/djinn are a race, but then there are different tribes within that race, one of which is named Daeva. I don’t know why this confuses me so much, but I just had such a hard time keeping it straight in my head. Then there are different families under each tribe, so that’s double confusion to me. I didn’t grasp how the different tribes, families, and additional races had wronged each other in the past. I had this problem with the first book as well, and even after taking notes before going into to this book, I was still confused.
  2. I adore Nahri and all I want is for her to be happy. After the events of the first book, she is put in a pretty miserable situation, so she’s not having the best time during this book and it just hurt my soul to see her go through what she went through. This was the biggest thing that kept me from this book, because it really was bringing me down.

Those two things aside, I still really enjoyed most of this book. What I understand of the politics is really interesting and I think the world is really lush and fascinating. I think some of the magical happenings towards the end of this book are really intriguing and have implications far beyond what the characters intended.

Out of the main three characters this book follows, I definitely love Nahri the most, but I still do really like the two others and I want the best for them as well. Their chapters weren’t as engaging for me because they were more about fighting and war, where Nahri’s are about healing and peace.

I definitely do think that most of the events in this book happen toward the end. It was a slow start, but after the ending, I am so ready to read the last book in this trilogy to see how everything ends! I’m so attached to the characters that there’s no way I would skip out on The Empire of Gold.

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

Synopsis: After accidentally summoning a djinn warrior, Nahri decides to travel with him to Daevabad, a city she is drawn to and may hold answers to her past. However, she is not prepared for the tension between tribes and the weight of her powers.

Fantasy, 544 pages, published November 14th, 2017

Synopsis: After accidentally summoning a djinn warrior, Nahri decides to travel with him to Daevabad, a city she is drawn to and may hold answers to her past. However, she is not prepared for the tension between tribes and the weight of her powers.

NON-SPOILER REVIEW:

I honestly didn’t know too much about this book when I started it, so I really went in with no expectations. My biggest issue with this book was that I got confused with who people were, and there was no way to figure it out other than to reread portions of the book. There was a glossary in the back, so I would have appreciated a list of characters.

Overall though, I adored the atmosphere of this book! I thought the setting and the magic was super interesting. I honestly felt really immersed in the world while I was reading this book. This was definitely my favorite part.

I really enjoyed that most of the characters were morally gray. Especially with Nahri, I thought I had her pinned down, and then she would do something that I wasn’t expecting. It definitely made the story interesting. I also thought the tension between groups helped with this, because you are seeing and hearing from characters on different sides of the conflict, so nothing is black and white.

I was so into the ending! It was action-packed and shocking, and I think the ripples caused by what happened will be so interesting to see in the rest of the series!

I am pretty excited to read the next book! I think this one did a good job setting up what will come in the remaining books. I do think that I possibly want to reread this book before moving on, because I was that confused about characters and some of the tensions between groups. It definitely won’t be a chore though, since I did really enjoy this book!