A Satisfying (But Predictable) End to the Series // REVIEW: Darkdawn (Nevernight #3) by Jay Kristoff

Title: Darkdawn (Nevernight #3)
Author: Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: September 5th, 2019
Publisher: Harper Voyager UK
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 3/3 of the Nevernight Chronicle
I Got A Copy Through: HarperCollins India (THANK YOU!)`
Buy Links: Amazon India
Blurb Description: 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?
 
Every time I open a Jay Kristoff book, I brace myself for the unexpected.

Or rather, I brace myself for the fact that everything I think I know in the beginning will seamlessly reveal itself to be VERY different at the end. It happened with the ENTIRE Illuminae Files, with Lifelike and also with Nevernight and Godsgrave.

To put it simply, I was expecting to be blown away by the twists and turns in this end to a bloody trilogy.

While Darkdawn was easier to read that the rest of the series, I remain underwhelmed by the events that ended Mia’s story. I’m not sure, but the whole book gave me painful reminders of N.K. Jemsin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms with the newfound obsession with Gods and the families of Gods and Gods’ wars.


At the same time, it was also a fast-paced bloody book and a satisfying (if also slightly predictable) ending to a trilogy.

LET ME JUST ALSO LIST OUT THE THINGS I CAME TO APPRECIATE IN THIS BOOK:
1.       MERCURIO (AND THE LIBRARY OBVIOUSLY): I didn’t much like Mercurio before this, but he was strangely endearing in this book.
2.       THE PIRATES? And the Queen of the Pirates (ahem)
3.       Mr. Kindly was absolutely brilliant AS ALWAYS
4.       The formatting of the book (I CAME TO LIKE THE FOOTNOTES, OK? I ALSO REALLY LOVED that Jay Kristoff was hilariously self-deprecating about the footnotes)
5.       I really enjoyed the diabolical nature of Mia’s conversations with Scaeva. Priceless.
6.       The Nevernight chronicles in the library in the Red Mountain was a brilliant touch.

HOWEVER, I ALSO WISH:
1.       That the ending was better
2.       Ashlinn and Tric – so lovesick my GOD
3.       The book had a few more twists and turns.


Would I recommend the series? YES! If you’re looking for bloody, dark, and stabby books, DIVE IN NOW!
Jay Kristoff
Jay Kristoff is the #1 international, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR. He is the winner of six Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, has over half a million books in print and is published in over thirty five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 12,000 days to live.

He does not believe in happy endings.
HAVE YOU READ THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLES? What did you think of it?

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