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The final chapter in the best-selling, critically acclaimed Daevabad Trilogy, in which a con woman and an idealistic djinn prince join forces to save a magical kingdom from a devastating civil war.

Daevabad has fallen.

After a brutal conquest stripped the city of its magic, Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her resurrected commander, Dara, must try to repair their fraying alliance and stabilise a fractious, warring people.

But the bloodletting and loss of his beloved Nahri have unleashed the worst demons of Dara’s dark past. To vanquish them, he must face some ugly truths about his history and put himself at the mercy of those he once considered enemies.

Having narrowly escaped their murderous families and Daevabad’s deadly politics, Nahri and Ali, now safe in Cairo, face difficult choices of their own. While Nahri finds peace in the old rhythms and familiar comforts of her human home, she is haunted by the knowledge that the loved ones she left behind and the people who considered her a savior are at the mercy of a new tyrant. Ali, too, cannot help but look back and is determined to return to rescue his city and the family that remains. Seeking support in his mother’s homeland, he discovers that his connection to the marid goes far deeper than expected and threatens not only his relationship with Nahri but his very faith.

As peace grows more elusive and old players return, Nahri, Ali, and Dara come to understand that in order to remake the world, they may need to fight those they once loved...and take a stand for those they once hurt.

©2020 S. A. Chakraborty (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Disappointed.

Expeted much more from the final book in this trilogy. But it was too boring, too depressing, too monotonous and very very slow. Lot's of repetiotions of all the horrible thigs that happend, lots of adjectives and repetetive words like "abomination".... No interesting development, in the last chapters it feels like the author suddenly decided to enter a twist ( in order mot to bore us to death) and changed the style of here writing, it really bugged me. I feel like i was forced into listening to the whole story, hoping with every minute that maybe it'll rise up and surprise.... At least it was so for me. I feel that this book should have be completely different. So, as i said DISAPPOINTING!

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Great finale to the trilogy

Good story, well narrated again. Lots of blood shed.
A good finish to the trilogy.

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Brilliant

I am so in love with these books. Hope to see it on screen one day.
The narrator is absolutely amazing. Brilliant work, so sad it's finished.

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The best series I have read for a long time

She creates a wonderful imaginary world of Arabic magic full of unexpected twists. Her descriptions of exciting cities both real and imagined made me want to visit Egypt and sit on the banks of the Nile.

The plot is unpredictable wild and full of a magic of soaring fantasy.

The story is partly a romance written from a woman's perspective but it is much more than that and as a man it was still very compelling for me.

The narration was good in that I was not aware of it although the narrator's range did not always allow all the characters to have identifiably different voices.

I don't critique books much and I frequently become bored and return them however I have no hesitation in recommending this series.

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Loved it!

Great narration and excellent story line. couldn't stop listening! Recommended reading for those who enjoy intrigue.

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Perfection

I loved this story and how the narrator have the characters their voices. Perfection!! if you are wondering if you should read, you definitely should.

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Painful

Such a difficult book to listen to due to constant change in narrators volume. She whispered through a large chunk of the story whilst mumbling and then was yelling the next moment. I found the book impossible to listen to when any background noise was present. So trying to enjoy the book when outdoors was impossible. People listen to books on the go so consistent volume is so important. You don’t tend to experience this problem with male narrators.

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Fantastic end to the series

I absolutely devoured the series. Could not stop listening to the mesmerising foreign, magical names and the story. Loved the twists and changes. At times very descriptive but absolutely enthralling. Fitting end to this trilogy. Definitely will look for other books from this author

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Epic Fantasy Islam Based Fantasy

The stunning conclusion to a rich trilogy that integrates lore and religion. It explores the topics of 'greater good', democracy and the human will to survive. In conjunction with being thought provoking the book paints are world that is beautiful and inspirational to the imagination. It is a pleasure to read and will leaving you pondering the future of the characters and the implications the themes have on real life.

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Beautifully written

A fantastic fantasy series. Beautifully complex characters and conflicts. This last one was particularly enthralling!

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  • V. O'Regan
  • 15-06-2020

Wonderful final chapter for this trilogy

I have loved this rich trilogy from start to finish. Such a perfectly realised world rich in the mythology of the Greater Middle East

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  • G G
  • 17-09-2021

Thoroughly entertaining and provides closure

I have enjoyed this trilogy, and the final instalment provided so many twists and turns that it kept you on your toes.

I love how everything tied together and fates are so intertwined, even in the final moments of the book new truths and revelations that were shocking, heartwarming and/or intriguing kept coming to light.

Great delivery by Nankani, hats off to her and the editor as I was particularly impressed and engaged by the timing and tone of delivery.

I read paperbacks of the first two, definitely preferred the audio experience of the third one!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-08-2021

A fitting end.

so much fun to listen to. a good ending for most and not rushed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-08-2021

Great conclusion!

Really enjoyed this final book in the trilogy. The world and its descriptions in this series are awesome. This final book closed lots of open story threads and is equally full of its own suspense, twists and excitement. Enjoy!

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  • Mark R-W
  • 10-08-2021

Wonderful Story Well Read

Had to finish the series and it held me to the end. Very different world that is well imagined

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  • Mr G Smith
  • 10-05-2021

Loved it

Really good, very well written, enjoyable story from start to finish. Beautifully narrated. Would highly recommend.

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  • Zoey
  • 30-04-2021

Ending of a brilliant Trilogy performed beautifull

Incredible story, I fell deeply in love with Daevabad's world and Soneela Nankani does justice to this intricate and powerful story, her characterisation of each character is just instantly recognisable and so well done.
Honestly this has become one of my favourite Fantasy trilogy, and I don't often recommend the audiobook version when the lore is that detailed and complex but here it's just so beautifully done I can't help but put the paper version and audio version on the same level.

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  • kim supple
  • 10-03-2021

Loved it

I got the first book just for a short read, was absolutely hooked and read all 3 back to back. Great story highly recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-09-2020

solid book

In a time where we're used to sjw wokeness pushing big entertainment companies to write bad stories about bad/forced female characters this trylogy does the opposite, it takes the classic hero arc, inserts emotion and does not make the protagonist a perfect human being, making nahri an exceptional example of how it should be done. The resolution of the conflict felt a bit rushed, and i was hoping for more content but the story sadly has to end, and the resolution itself was as astonishing as unexpected. Nahri discovering everything about her heritage was a beautiful adition.

This book fits so perfectly into my love for fantasy, mithology, romance, politics... that i do not have words for how perfect it is.

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  • Book Babe Extraordinaire
  • 21-09-2020

Fantastic series

Brilliantly read, and this is one of the best fantasy series out there. Highly recommended.

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