The River of Silver: Tales from the Daevabad Trilogy

Harper Voyager. Oct. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9780063093737. $27.99. FANTASY
When Chakraborty’s 18th-century Cairo–set “Daevabad Trilogy” ended, fans were left with questions about how Nahri, Ali, Dara, and the others all came together and then travelled on through their journeys. These 15 stories, set before, during, and after the events of the trilogy, will give readers some answers as the beauty and conflict of the magical world of these powerful beings are revived once again. Chakraborty shows that her secondary characters have full lives, following Manizheh’s path to rebellion, Dara’s younger years in an ancient Daevabad, and Jamshid’s route to Daevabad and Muntadhir, and to some surprising adventures following The Empire of Gold. Crafted from side quests, cut scenes, and chapters from the original books, these new perspectives culminate with an alternative epilogue featuring Nahri and Ali. Ordered chronologically, each of the stories includes a short introduction that situates its action in the timeline of the original trilogy.
VERDICT This story compilation is a must-have in library collections that own Chakraborty’s Hugo-nominated trilogy, as it showcases her amazing characters and lush world one more time.
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