I should start this post by saying that my expectations were pretty high heading into this book. I fell in love with the rich, imaginative world we were introduced to in The City of Brass. It’s sequel, The Kingdom of Copper, tore my heart asunder – but it also cemented my adoration for many of the characters – who despite being magical beings were beautifully human. I was hungry for more and Empire of Gold did not disappoint.
Having such a wide cast of beloved characters, the slow, somewhat indulgent start to this book gave Chakraborty the scope she needed to really show us their healing and growth after the dramatic, action-packed conclusion to Kingdom of Copper.
Do you know the fear when you are fully invested in a series and it’s the last book and you are absolutely quaking-in-your-boots-terrified that the ending won’t leave you satisfied? Well, I had the fear when I picked up this book – and I had it bad. It wasn’t warranted.
Over the course of The Empire of Gold, Chakraborty crafts a masterful finale, weaving magic, politics, morality, hope and heartbreak together to give us an exciting and exceptionally bittersweet ending which ticked all of the boxes for me.
Have you read this? Do you have a favourite character? I’m firmly on team Dara here – I’m a sucker for the tragic!