Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff Book Review


by Jay Kristoff

Published by Thomas Dunne Books

Book 3 in the Nevernight Chronicles

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?


Violent New Adult Intriguing

Steamy High-Fantasy


Darkdawn is the final book in Jay Kristoff's Nevernight Chronicles. It continues almost right where the second book leaves off, with Mia finally getting her vengeance for the murder of her family, and getting someone unexpected back - her brother, who she believed dead. But it's not over yet. When she finds Ashlynn, and with her, someone returned from the veil of death, she is forced to face some truths. One - her mentor is now in the clutches of the Red Church. Two - Her act of vengeance wasn't all that is seemed. And finally, she is set on a path to find out the secrets to what she is - and what it means for the world, and herself.

This series was a hard one for me. I loved the first book. The second book was a slow-burn for me, and I didn't really get into it till the last 100 pages. This third one ... I just wasn't crazy about it. I was already on the edge of not liking the characters as it was, and this book had me, well, not liking them. It was a slow build up to the action, and by time I got to it, I just felt kinda meh about it. BUT I want to make some things clear before I get further into my thoughts on this. Jay Kristoff is a brilliant writer. His wording, his attention to detail was delicious, and everything was easily pictured while I was reading it, like I was watching a movie. This trilogy remains one of the most original stories I have ever read. (spoiler)----------> I fucking LOVED finding out that Mercurio wrote the Nevernight Chronicles, and Jay poking fun at his own writing and footnotes. <---------------

My problem really is with the characters. I pointed out that I liked Mia's strength and intelligence ... but I just don't like her, which, as the heroine of the story, is important. There is being kick ass, and there is just being plain ruthless, and Mia crosses this line time and time again. I felt a bad taste in my throat when ---------------> knowing Tric's feelings for her, she is all over Ashlynn in front of him. Knowing the details of why he came back, knowing the pain she was causing him, shouldn't she have at least tried to not rub it in his face? <------------ The only times I liked her was when she was comforting Jonnen, and when she was saying goodbye to everyone. She is better suited for Ashlynn though, and neither of them are truly good people. I would have continued to like Ashlynn is she hadn't ----------> purposely rubbed Tric's nose in her relationship. Considering what she did to him, she could have a little class. <--------------. It truly sucks that the only characters I liked were, Tric, Mercurio, Jonnen, and Sidonius and Bladesinger. -------------> and after Tric and Mia say goodbye to one another, he kills himself! My only peace with this, is that he is now warm by the hearth, and happy. I couldn't imagine being hearthless was easy. <---------------. At least the characters I liked, minus one of course, got happy endings.