The following is an honest review of The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty and my suggested age rating. This review contains spoilers from the first two books in the series.
Synopsis of The Empire of Gold
Magic has disappeared, Nahri and Ali are in Cairo, and Banu Manizheh will stop at nothing to take back what she feels is rightfully owed to her. Despite her desire to stay in Cairo, Nahri knows she must get back to Daevabad with Ali. Together they must save their people and put an end to Manizheh’s cruelty. With a plan to go to Ali’s mother for help, Ali and Nahri set off on a journey full of obstacles. Along the way Ali learns things about his heritage that will change the trajectory of his life forever. In the meantime, Dara is left at Manizheh’s side to deal with the havoc he helped carry out. In order to restore Daevabad and secure the entire Djinn race, they must each learn to work together channeling their individual powers. Their lives and the lives of the ones they love depend on it.
Review of The Empire of Gold
First of all, let me start this out by saying there is little to nothing about this book I didn’t like aside from maybe its length (752 pgs). In this story we are able to see sides of each of the characters we haven’t seen before. We see their strengths (mental, physical, and emotional) tested. Side characters become more developed and also more beloved. The magical system/world in this book gains momentum and goes in directions I didn’t see coming. The Marid, in some ways, “steel the show” as we see more of their backgrounds and legends come to light. In this book I especially felt empathy for Dara. I feel as though his entire life is nothing more than regretting his choices. My favorite character in this story was hands down Ali. No matter what, the decisions he makes are always steered by his moral compass.
Overall I am extremely happy with the way this book wraps up the series as a whole. I love the world S.A. Chakraborty created and it remains one of my favorite fantasy series.
Suggested Age Rating
There is little to nothing in this book that would be considered “adult content. There are few cuss words. Violence and death are at the forefront of this story as a civil war is taking place. Overall I would give this book an age rating of 16+ simply because of the complexity of the story and the detailed world building the reader must follow.
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