Book Review: THE RIVER OF SILVER by S. A. Chakraborty

Title in silver on textured dark blue
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Adult
Star Rating: 4 stars
Series: yes - companion short story bind up

*SPOILER ALERT: contains some mild SPOILERS for THE CITY OF BRASS, THE KINGDOM OF COPPER, and THE EMPIRE OF GOLD*

Synopsis:

Book cover for THE RIVER OF SILVER: title in silver on blue doors with elaborate setting

A prospective new queen joins a court whose lethal history may overwhelm her own political savvy

An imprisoned royal from a fallen dynasty and a young woman wrenched from her home cross paths in an enchanted garden

A pair of scouts stumble upon a secret in a cursed winter wood that will turn over their world…

From Manizheh’s first steps towards rebellion to adventures that take place after THE EMPIRE OF GOLD, this is collection binds up stories seen and unseen from the world of the Daevabad Trilogy.

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Synopsis:

THE RIVER OF SILVER is a lovely collection of stories and scenes set in the world of Daevabad. Most are narrated by characters who don’t narrate the trilogy, like Muntandhir, Jamsid, Hastet, and Manizheh, but there are some glimpses of life between the books for Ali and Nahri. Very usefully, each story is prefaced with a brief note explaining where it sits relative to the books, what books it spoils, and some background is applicable.

I really enjoyed returning to this world and getting a better understanding of these characters who play pivotal roles but are only viewed through others’ eyes. Some antagonists soften a bit (though I still don’t sympathise with them! Which might say more about me!) and there’s the very sweet story of Nahri’s parents in there too.

Seeing Jamshid and Muntandhir interact in the early days, watching the seeds of their relationship be planted, was so much fun. There wasn’t ever the “confess feelings” scene, but I really liked seeing them get more page time to understand what brought them together emotionally.

There are also three stories set after the end of the trilogy, which will likely be fan-favourites. They help explain further what certain characters are doing post-conflict and how they are approaching their journey of healing. Plus a few important questions are answered…

I have a bad memory when it comes to the plot of books, so I suspect I would have had an easier time recalling the plot twists the stories were spoiling (or who two narrators were) if I’d read this on the heels of the other books. I was able to follow along easily enough despite this, but some of the lines might have hit harder if I remembered certain events in the story that was discussing them, rather than a line in a later one jogging my memory.

I now really want to go back and re-read the original trilogy after dipping a toe back into this world!


Read my reviews of other books by S. A. Chakrabory:

Daevabad (this series):

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