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The Empire of Gold: A Novel

The Daevabad Trilogy, Book 3
Written by: S. A. Chakraborty
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Series: The Daevabad Trilogy, Book 3
Length: 28 hrs and 37 mins
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Publisher's Summary

"No series since George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire has quite captured both palace intrigue and the way that tribal infighting and war hurt the vulnerable the most." (Paste Magazine)

The final chapter in the best-selling, critically acclaimed Daevabad Trilogy, in which a con-woman and an idealistic djinn prince join forces to save a magical kingdom from a devastating civil war.

Daevabad has fallen.

After a brutal conquest stripped the city of its magic, Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her resurrected commander, Dara, must try to repair their fraying alliance and stabilize a fractious, warring people. 

But the bloodletting and loss of his beloved Nahri have unleashed the worst demons of Dara's dark past. To vanquish them, he must face some ugly truths about his history and put himself at the mercy of those he once considered enemies.

Having narrowly escaped their murderous families and Daevabad's deadly politics, Nahri and Ali, now safe in Cairo, face difficult choices of their own. While Nahri finds peace in the old rhythms and familiar comforts of her human home, she is haunted by the knowledge that the loved ones she left behind and the people who considered her a savior are at the mercy of a new tyrant. Ali, too, cannot help but look back, and is determined to return to rescue his city and the family that remains. Seeking support in his mother’s homeland, he discovers that his connection to the marid goes far deeper than expected and threatens not only his relationship with Nahri, but his very faith. 

As peace grows more elusive and old players return, Nahri, Ali, and Dara come to understand that in order to remake the world, they may need to fight those they once loved...and take a stand for those they once hurt.

©2020 S. A. Chakraborty (P)2020 HarperAudio

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One of my favorites

I love the world. The ending was satisfying and I’m looking forward to more in this world one day!

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fantastic!

This whole series has become my favourite trilogy of all time. Original plot lines are hard to come by these days but Chakraborty was able to weave a rich web of history and mythology that was honestly incredible. The third book had me bawling, and no book has ever done that to me. I will be buying these in hard copy so I can read them again and again.

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  • 🎧AudiobookFiend
  • 2020-07-04

Ecumenical. Exquisite. Exemplary.

Once in a lifetime we are graced by an author who writes as naturally as we breath. Who can cross borders and boundaries through the merely stoke of own. S. A. Chakraborty is such an author. ⚖️ Plot: Being the final installment of the trilogy, I was expecting one big twist. Instead, we enjoyed a plethora of them, all seamlessly woven in and timed to perfection. And talking about giving us closure, we were gifted not with one epilogue but an entire Part of the book of what ensues after the inciting event. 🗺 World: I cannot impress upon you enough how enchanting the world of Daevabad is... You don’t only get one set of mythical beings but entire tribes of Daeva, Djinn, Ifrits, Marids, Shedu and Peris. I can confidently say that you have never read anything like it your life! 💑 Characters: As with her encapsulating story, Chakraborty never gives us anything cliche or sappy. From Dara to Nahri to Ali, each gets their just deserves and yet the characters and readers are empowered to imagine their futures as they would wish from there on out. I could not have asked for a better end to this sensational trilogy.

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  • 2020-07-22

Great book

I enjoyed this book overall. The narrator did an awesome job. It definitely makes a difference when you listen to a book. I would definitely recommend this series.

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  • Charlotte Smith
  • 2020-10-18

Outstanding

Best fantasy trilogy I have read since Lord of the Rings. Helpful in understanding the hatred and strife in today's world

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  • Bryna
  • 2020-10-17

Fantastic series

I read all the books when it first came out, and was incredibly happy to be able to listen to the books with the same reader all the way through. Soneela Nankani did a wonderful job of conveying each of the characters voices and emotions. If given a chance I will actively seek the books she's narrated. The three book series is well written, and this, the third book, brings a great satisfying ending to the story.

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  • Allison DePoy
  • 2020-09-26

A Thrilling Conclusion

Love love loved this series. A thrilling ride from beginning to end. This final installment will have your heart racing and tears flowing, while conflict swirls. 5 stars. A must read.

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  • Kindra
  • 2020-09-21

Third installment is a bit over the top

I really liked this series as a whole, but this third book got a bit absurdly over the top with the drama and monsters and convoluted family lineages. The narrator also started to wear on me in this book, somehow over dramatic and valley girl inflections at the same time. But I still liked the trilogy and would recommend it.

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  • VICTORIA LACY-TALBOT
  • 2020-09-19

Enjoyable series

My only issue is with the modern day profanity that was oddly thrown in during heated moments. I found it offensive and annoying bc it felt out of place.

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  • R. hess
  • 2020-09-02

fantastc

loved it! one of the best literary series I've ever read. so many great characters and vivid lands. highly recommended

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  • George
  • 2020-08-27

Epic Lite

Wow! The author really elaborated on her world. Don't know much about the mythology this work is based on, but the story is great. I'm ready for the next trilogy and books about Dara.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-08-24

Stunning!

I have read all three books in the trilogy and this story was absolutely stunning. It was so well planned and so well told. the character development was a thing of beauty. The ending made me cry literal tears of joy.