Review: The River of Silver by Shannon Chakraborty


The River of Silver

Shannon Chakraborty

Tales from the Daevabad Trilogy

Harper Voyager

241 pages


I love being transported to the world of Daevabad.

Summary: 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…

Now together in one place, these stories of Daevabad enrich a world already teeming with magic and wonder. From Manizheh’s first steps towards rebellion to adventures that take place after The Empire of Gold, this is a must-have collection for those who can’t get enough of Nahri, Ali, and Dara and all that unfolded around them.

Like all short story collections, there are some stories that are better than others but, on the whole, The River of Silver is a very good collection of stories that focuses on a range of characters from the novels.

The stories add a layer of depth to some of the characters that didn’t receive quite enough focus in the novels. I especially liked Manizheh, Jamshid and Muntadhir’s stories as I feel like they added something to the characters. Jamshid and Muntadhir’s especially as you get to see a little more into their relationship which I found to be very sweet. Ali and Nahri’s stories were nice and they added just a little bit as well as rounding out their stories.

I wasn’t overly fond of Dara’s story. I will admit, he was not my favourite character in the trilogy, although I did feel a bit sorry for him at the end so a good story in this collection might have made me change my mind completely about him but I felt like his story didn’t really add anything to his character so my opinion stands.

The River of Silver has its good and not quite so good stories but I enjoyed the collection. It gave me a really strong desire to re-read the trilogy, so guess what I’m getting for my birthday this year.


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