The Empire of Gold

Harper Voyager. (Daevabad Trilogy, Bk. 3). Jun. 2020. 784p. ISBN 9780062678164. $28.99. FANTASY
Daevabad has fallen to Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her commander Dara, who was resurrected. But he conquest left the city devoid of magic and unstable. Dara’s battlefield experiences have him wondering about the truth of what he is doing, facing demons of the past and enemies in the present. Nahri and Ali barely escaped from Daevabad to Cairo, where Nahri finds her human past holds some comfort; she is upset with the knowledge of those she left behind and their suffering. Ali is also determined to rescue his city, turning to his mother’s homeland and his connection with the marid. But that connection may cause more upheaval in not only Ali’s relationship with Nahri, but his own beliefs. Other connections and truths come to light, forcing Ali, Nahri, and Dara to make choices to determine their futures, along with that of all in Daevabad.
VERDICT Chakraborty (The City of Brass) brings her epic fantasy series to a stunning conclusion. Rich details, familial ties, and magical politics sing in this lush world built from Middle Eastern history and imagination. [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/19.]
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