Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
(The Nevernight Chronicle #3)
Hardcover, Signed First Edition, 515 pages
Published September 3rd, 2019 by St. Martin's Press

The greatest games in Godsgraves 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?

My thoughts…

Darkdawn picks up right after the events of Godsgrave, with Mia in the arena escaping after the murder of Scaeva and Duomo. Mia continues her journey to revenge while also discovering more about the mysterious Crown of the Moon. Don’t worry about rereading the previous books, Jay Kristoff does an outstanding job of recapping the events and characters in the two previous books. One of my favorite changes in Darkdawn; the narrative has shifted into multi-perspective rather than Mia’s point of view only.

“My name is Mia Corvere. Blade of the Red Church. Champion of the Venatus Magni. Chosen of the Dark Mother and Queen of Scoundrels. Never call me girl again.”
― Jay Kristoff, Darkdawn

The banter between friends, the camaraderie, and the gradual character development, made the book more emotional than I expected it would be and I loved it. My heart broke for Tric, I still love him and dislike Ashlinn. I have a feeling the events that occurred in this book might divide the fans of the series; fortunately, it only made me enjoy the book and the trilogy even more.

Darkdawn is an astonishingly brilliant conclusion to The Nevernight Chronicle. When one of your favorite series reaches its inevitable end, all is bittersweet. Goodbye, Mia Corvere, you’ll be missed.


“I am a daughter of the dark between the stars. I am the thought that wakes the bastards of this world sweating in the nevernight. I am the vengeance of every orphaned daughter, every murdered mother, every bastard son. I am the war you cannot win.”
― Jay Kristoff, Darkdawn

I look forward to reading the beginning of Jay Kristoff’s new series, Empire of the Vampire, expected publication Fall of 2020. Empire of the Vampire is an illustrated dark fantasy epic; the bastard lovechild of Interview with the Vampire, The Road and The Name of the Wind.

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