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The Empire of Gold: 3 (Daevabad Trilogy)

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I’ve seen a decent amount of buzz for it online, but in my opinion these books should be making greater waves. Even though it's a dangerous job, she teams up with Tae-joo to take down the Choi family and their business empire. However, he had had multiple opportunities to stand up to her when he was the more powerful one and he didn’t. Forget healing, my specialty should be having my life destroyed and then being forced to rebuild from nothing.

I really enjoyed this trilogy despite this last book, first of all because I now know about Jamshid and I’m very sad I can’t read about him again. I really enjoyed their story line, both in terms of actiony bits, new revelations about both their pasts, and in terms of their evolving feelings.I truly enjoyed seeing Dara and Manizheh struggle with ruling with what they had conquered, and that it didn’t just fall into place and the spiralling effects that came from that. No offense to Ali, really, I just found myself caring so deeply about the other four so much that the only thing I cared about for Ali was that he didn’t die.

She also takes issue with what is a frequent trope in YA medieval fantasy, monarchies that rule for centuries undisturbed. Manizheh does remain, mostly, the one dimensional monster, but Dara and the Qahtanis grow into something more, and the complexity of civilization and history, studded as it is with exploitation, abuse, and half-truths, carries through as the characters confront their most emotional, base selves and come out the other end, for better or worse. As the novel begins, Nahri and Ali have been swept away to Egypt, while Daevabad has fallen to Manizheh and her loyal enforcer, Dara. Much of the original sense of adventure, Arabian Nights style, is captured by Nahri and Ali as they journey from places as varied as Nahri’s once-upon a time Egyptian home to the watery passageways of the Marid.Go Soo and Park Geun-hyung reunited with each other after they worked in another SBS TV series Marrying A Millionaire where Park played father of Go Soo's character, Lee Yo-won reunited with Park for the 3rd time in this series after they worked first in another SBS TV series Surgeon Bong Dal-hee and second in KBS series Cruel Love. Becky Chambers’ previous Wayfarers books have been an utter delight, and have consistently made me cry at their emotional highpoints. By the end of the book, Nahri knows where she belongs, and she’s found her family, both by blood and by choice. A hazy black cloud revealed itself to be a swarm of flies, and the ruined Citadel still lay bare to the sky like a scar, its tower half-drowned in the lake. After a slow start, this book delivered pretty much everything I had hoped for and managed to stick the ending.

The Marid reveals some shocking news about what Ali is experiencing with his powers and what is actually going on with him which then causes them to go to Ali’s mothers’ ancestral home instead of straight to Daevabad. The rest of the supernatural world considers them monsters and they are, but they’re also so much more. There is a tendency to assume that because something is “merely” genre fiction, it is not capable of providing the same depth and meaning that a more “literary” style of fiction can provide.However, his delving into the Marids and his relationship with Sobek was fascinating, and I could honestly have read a lot more about it.

Whereas Dara is questioning what is morally right, and whether his actions at the behest of Manizheh are morally right, Ali and Nahri spend most of their time together, ignoring the fact that they have feelings for each other. Manizez is not simply a monster, but a mother, and must contend with conflicting emotions when her child opposes her.You know that childish excitement you feel when you’re reading a really good book that you are super invested in? No spoilers here, so I can’t go into detail, but if you’ve read this book you know several characters have done tings they’re not proud of, some of them worse than others. One of the things I loved most about The Empire of Gold, is how it explored the impacts of a ‘rightful’ leader taking back their city.

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