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The Empire of Gold por S. A. Chakraborty
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The Empire of Gold (edición 2020)

por S. A. Chakraborty

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Miembro:Dariah
Título:The Empire of Gold
Autores:S. A. Chakraborty
Info:[S.I.] : HarperCollins, 2020.
Colecciones:Tu biblioteca, Fiction
Valoración:****
Etiquetas:Fantasy, Ägypten, Djinn

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The third and final book in the Daevabad trilogy.

I have to start out by saying that there is a lot of stuff I really, really like in this series. The worldbuilding is terrific, really fantastic and detailed and rich. The magic is fascinating and magical. The characters are interesting and believable; even the worst of the bad guys has motivations that make emotional sense. The plot's pretty good, too, full of complicated conflicts of various kinds, some of them downright epic.

But it has one serious problem. The pacing is way off. It wasn't too much of a problem for me with the first two books. Sure, they started off slow, but they made up for it. This one, though... Well, the last 250 pages or so were great (notwithstanding one slightly clunky instance of the author keeping some information secret from the reader to make things more dramatic). But there were 500 pages before that. Five hundred. And while they didn't consist entirely of characters sitting around talking about things that had already happened, it definitey felt that way, and by the time I got to the payoff, I was already a little tired from wading through it all.

Rating: 3.5/5. I want to rate this more highly. It's probably unfair that I haven't. But I keep thinking how much patience it took to get to the really good stuff, and I can't quite justify it to myself. Even if I do still think the series as a whole is worth reading. ( )
  bragan | Sep 18, 2020 |
Having now reached the end, all I can say is there's just so much I love about this series. I love all the intrigue and scheming, the complicated web of alliances and grudges. I love how much intricate detail is given of the world itself – even things like the food are described in such sumptuous detail that you'd swear you can smell it and your belly starts growling in anticipation. Things like the clothing and the architecture and the climates of different places are also conveyed beautifully. But the detail never bogs down the story (things do slow down sometimes, but never from description), it's all seamlessly weaved through. Incredibly well-written.

As I mentioned in my review of the first book, it's also refreshing to read a story that doesn't draw on the same old Western European mythology (not that such stories can't also be interesting), but on Middle Eastern legends that I'm not so familiar with. I really loved how, in this book, deities from ancient Egypt and Babylonia made reappearances, and just that neat correlation where they faded in power and influence as belief in them faded (supplanted by Islam). The way all these different mythical creatures and legends and the magical system blended together made for an awesome setting.

But much as I've enjoyed all of this, what really makes this series stand out to me is the characters. They've all grown and gained a lot of richness since the first book. Nahri is so compelling in her determination to end the oppression of the shafit, her dedication to her healing craft, her out-scheming of extremely experienced schemers like Ghassan and Manizheh. I like how, while there are hints of romance in the series, Nahri's priorities are always her people and her own independence. Dara's an interesting character – I don't think I could say I like him, his utterly grim and depressing chapters are coloured by his conflictedness and his guilty conscience in a way that makes for good reading. Ali has grown massively from how naïve and easily manipulated he was in the first book. Then a number of the side characters are great as well – Muntadhir reminds me so much of my partner's oldest brother, Zaynab is another character who's grown massively since the first book, Jamshid is impossible not to like, Hatset's motherly protectiveness is so understandable, Manizheh is an incredible villain and what happens with her over the course of the book is just chilling. But to be honest, it's great characters all the way down. There are a number of even more minor characters I could have brought up here. I think this is an area where books 2 and 3 have been able to ramp up so well from the first one.

The book is very long, and there are points (mostly around the middle) where it bogs down a little – mostly scenes with expository dialogue are the culprits though, which is a tough one to resolve because it wouldn't be the same story if some of these details were kept from the reader. At any rate, it didn't stop me loving the book. Overall, this has been such an impressive series, especially once the ground-laying of the first book was over (and I did like that one well enough!). Very excited to see what further stories S.A. Chakraborty puts out. ( )
1 vota Jayeless | Jul 13, 2020 |
Great conclusion to a thrilling story. Loved it all, characters, setting, plot, language, concept, whole thing. A bit grim in places, but I like how there's a little humor sprinkled in to lighten it a bit. I look forward to reading more from the author.

“If you’re not going back to sleep, I made some tea.”
“I didn’t know you knew how to make tea.”
“I didn’t say it was good tea.” ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Jul 9, 2020 |
First published at Booking in Heels.

This is going to be a profoundly unhelpful review, I’m afraid. If this post were a gif, it would just be me shrugging my shoulders with a confused expression. I have such opposing feelings about Empire of Gold that I doubt this will be in any way informative so, to try and drag some order into this, I’m going to separate this into two sections:

Positive thoughts about The Empire of Gold:

  • Oh my God, the effort that has gone into these books. The author has posted a list of her references and inspirations here, and it’s astounding. It shines through into the prose and it’s very evident (in a good way) where the nods to different cultures have affected the story.


  • Possibly at least partly due to the above, the world-building is incredible. I must have mentioned this in my The City of Brass review. I have never read anything that even comes close to the amount of detail provided about Daevabad and the other communities Djinn. The hierarchies, backgrounds, alliances, etc, are all explained in meticulous detail. I don’t know how much of it is ‘borrowed’ from pre-existing sources, but it doesn’t really matter. These places practically jump off the page. You can pretty much smell the incense.


  • All the main characters have grown and developed over the series – Nahri, Ali, Dara, etc. Whilst the focus of the books are definitely on the story and the settings, this is not at the expense of the characters. They are flawed and damaged, but ultimately realistic and likeable.


  • The writing is lovely. Descriptive, but not overly so – it doesn’t half the flow of the story, and you don’t get bogged down in flowery descriptions of paving stones. Well, not too much. The dialogue is not clunky or stilted, and there are no gaping plot holes that I noticed; and that’s a feat with a plot that this level of complexity.



Negative thoughts about The Empire of Gold:

  • I JUST DIDN’T LIKE IT, OKAY!? I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I’m aware of all the (truthful) positive points I have outlined above and I can objectively see that Empire of Gold is a good book. But when I look back, I gave City of Brass five stars, then four stars to Kingdom of Copper… and if I’m honest, I really want to give Empire of Gold three and a half. I was looking forward to this book so much, but I just couldn’t really get into it.


  • I think one of the biggest sticking points for me was that I didn’t know what was going on half the time. There’s no recap and it is not an easy book to jump back in to when it’s been a year since you read the last book. I read a third party summary of the last book, which helped a little, but some gentle reminders wouldn’t have gone amiss.


  • However, even halfway through Empire of Gold… I still struggled to follow. If you asked me to outline the plot now, only four days later, I’m not actually sure I could. Perhaps I was particularly stupid last week; it’s very possible this is my failing and not the author’s. However, there’s no getting around the fact that I had to keep rereading paragraphs, bit by painstaking bit, to try and make any sense of it.


  • It’s too long. Way too long. I got to the point where I just wanted this to be done, so I could move on to something else. I felt very bogged down in the complex plot, and I started to really not care what happened, so long as something did.


See? Unhelpful. I did warn you. In short, Empire of Gold had everything required to make it a very good book indeed. Except I somehow didn’t feel that it was, and can’t explain why. ( )
1 vota generalkala | Jun 27, 2020 |
THIS IS NOT A DRILL I RECEIVED THE ARC AND I'M YODELING


Thank you Netgalley and HarperCollins for the ARC.
  primordialnyx | Jun 24, 2020 |
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