An absolutely satisfying ending to The Daevabad Trilogy, The Empire of Gold takes a step back from the minutiae of political intrigue that marked the second entry, and goes for the high-stakes, winner-takes-all adventure. Manizheh rules over Daevabad like an all-powerful Dolores Umbridge, so convinced of her rightness that she will break any rule to hold power. Nahri and Ali have the task of unseating her.
Once again Chakraborty brings us character growth on every page. She delves into that old adage that with power comes responsibility, and explores how each character chooses to walk away from, or accept the burden. She acknowledges that there is a draw to the ordinary and comfortable that can be hard to give up. But mostly, this is classic adventure where Chakraborty just keeps stacking the odds against our heroes higher and higher, until it becomes almost impossible to see a way to victory. This is a brick of a book, the hardback weighing in at 752 pages, but trust me when I say it flies by! Possibly one of my best reads of 2020.