The Banu Nahida and her Afshin have finally taken back Daevabad and made their enemies pay, but magic has left the city, leaving them powerless to keep control. Nahri and Ali find themselves worlds away and without their magic, they must decide if it is worth it to risk saving Daevabad.
Spoiler Free Review:
I have always had a little bit of an issue getting through these books because a lot of the politics go right over my head, but this finale was just so good. It had such an impact on me even without me grasping all the nuances, so I definitely will be rereading this series in the future, because I think I would definitely understand it better the second time and also get more out of it.
This book expands the world a lot more, which I really liked. The marid have been a constant mystery in these books, but they were explored a lot in this book, which I found really interesting and cool. More of the djinn world is shown in this book, which I really enjoyed as well.
The emotions for both the characters in this book and me were absolutely wild. Sometimes I would have to laugh, but then a few pages later, I would be crying. The relationships between characters are complex, so there are so many feelings between them. There are so many hard choices and sacrifices that were made in this book.
The conclusion was just so good, in my opinion. The way that the conflict was resolved was so satisfying because it just made so much sense with what had happened so far. It wasn’t rushed and there was a good amount shown after the climax. It wasn’t an unrealistic “everyone lived happily ever after” at all, or even a “everyone dies and no one is happy”. It felt like such a good balance between sad and hopeful, which felt very realistic and in line with the story and characters. I could go on and on about all of my feelings about the ending, but I don’t want to get into spoilers.
This has definitely ended up being one of my favorite series. I have loved the characters from the start and seeing their growth has been amazing. I definitely would recommend this series if you like political fantasy, though if you have a hard time with politics, I would suggest taking notes as you go! That’s something I wish I had done the first time and will definitely be doing when I reread them!