Review: Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff (The Nevernight Chronicle #3)

Rating: 8/10

Synopsis

The greatest games in Godsgrave’s history have ended with the most audacious murders in the history of the Itreyan Republic.

Mia Corvere, gladiatii, escaped slave and infamous assassin, is on the run. Pursued by Blades of the Red Church and soldiers of the Luminatii legion, she may never escape the City of Bridges and Bones alive. Her mentor Mercurio is now in the clutches of her enemies. Her own family wishes her dead. And her nemesis, Consul Julius Scaeva, stands but a breath from total dominance over the Republic.

But beneath the city, a dark secret awaits. Together with her lover Ashlinn, brother Jonnen and a mysterious benefactor returned from beyond the veil of death, she must undertake a perilous journey across the Republic, seeking the final answer to the riddle of her life. Truedark approaches. Night is falling on the Republic for perhaps the final time.

Can Mia survive in a world where even daylight must die?

Review

Darkdawn was a fantastic finale to a to a very surprising trilogy. Despite not being blown away by Nevernight I continued due to the reviews and recommendations. Godsgrave stood out like a sore thumb and proved to be a fantastic book on its own. Darkdawn, while not as riveting as Godsgrave, was still a fitting and enjoyable end to this trilogy.

As this is the last book in a trilogy, I won’t go to much into the plot, other than the fact that Mia’s quest for revenge continues in Darkdawn. Everything and every character from the previous books come together in an earth-shattering finale.

As usual Kristoff’s characterisation was superb, mostly due to how the characters interacted with each other and the hilarious banter between them. A certain master really entertained me in this novel, by providing some genuinely hilarious moments . On the downside there were some real heart-wrenching moments in this one. Mia, in this book felt like she’d finally hit her “final form” and truly felt like an awesome badass heroine anyone could look up too. I REALLY wanted her to lay down the law in so many situations throughout the book, and by god did she not disappoint.

The writing was fantastic in Darkdawn and it really felt like Kristoff was much more comfortable in Mia’s shoes. We even had some hilarious “breaking the fourth wall” type moments putting some light on some of Mia’s character aspects. Kristoff managed to create some absolutely mind boggling imagery through his writing, and I genuinely think this book could make a phenomenal movie if that kind of imagery could be translated onto the big screen.

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