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:
- 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.
- 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.