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The Empire of Gold: 3 (Daevabad Trilogy)

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This is, admittedly, a good conclusion to the series, but I’m delighted to know that such a vibrant world, peopled by such complex figures, is going to live on, wrapping us up in its turmoil and beautiful, deadly magic. By the end of the book, Nahri knows where she belongs, and she’s found her family, both by blood and by choice. I understand the choices that were made, and why they were made, but with semi-heavy emphasis on character relationships – especially the ones between Nahri, Ali and Dara – I was kind of hoping for a little more.

I missed the politics and the characters all being together instead of spread widely across the land. Nahri has played several roles in her life: Cairo street thief, companion of Darayavahoush, revered Nahid, wife of an emir, a healer, a survivor. Manizheh is a “at whatever cost” kind of person, and I just can’t get behind that – not with the choices she makes.

I live in Vienna, Austria and, apart from reading, I enjoy movies, video games, thunderstorms, eternally bickering couples, coffee, and anything made of chocolate. It only works when characters have been hiding stuff from the reader the entire time, not just at the end when it’s convenient.

I have a minor obsession with getting lost in the pages of a good book, guzzling coffee, and thriving at home.You know that childish excitement you feel when you’re reading a really good book that you are super invested in? I also wouldn’t say that Dara became my favorite character, but I was looking forward to his chapters more because something was actually happening in those. Nahri and Ali find themselves in Cairo where they spend quite a bit of time before they decide to get back into the whole saving the djinn business again.

She also takes issue with what is a frequent trope in YA medieval fantasy, monarchies that rule for centuries undisturbed. Let me tell you that – while everyone probably has a different opinion on how that love triangle should have been resolved or whether it needed to be there ein the first place – I was more than happy with the ending. The titles sound cool and allow the author to strike the right balance between cryptic and engaging. Chakraborty makes this series intricate and detailed which is something t I’m going to be honest, while narratively the ending of the book is so good, I still ended up feeling a tad underwhelmed.But Nahri has grown into being Banu Nahida, and she knows that neither she nor Ali will be happy in Egypt. Ali also demonstrates a strength that I don’t think his father had, the strength to sacrifice for his people. They’re in near-constant conflict throughout all three novels, but each one has his/her own strengths and weaknesses. While I was deeply upset with the decision not to bring them together, I understood that people change.

Meanwhile, Dara explores his new form and its meanings, trying to come to terms with the destiny that has been crafted for him since he was a young man and how all that idealism and all those promises have resulted in monstrosities, culminating in an unsteady alliance with the Ifrit.Which Nahid should he choose to follow, the one he has sworn allegiance to or the one who holds his corrupted, shuddering heart? I don’t want to be too spoilery here, but for a book with a high body count generally, it seemed strange that more of the main characters didn’t end up dying.

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