Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff is the third and final book in The Nevernight Chronicle. Going forward with this review, I am going to assume you have either read the previous book, or my review for that book. If you haven’t read either, be prepared for some spoilers. Like always, I will not have any spoilers for Darkdawn. And again let me reassure you that this book is in fact NOT written for younger readers. This book was written for an ADULT audience, regardless if you find it in the YA section at your local book store.
After committing the most notorious murders in the Itreyan Republic’s history, Mia Corvere is on the run. Not only is she being pursued by the Luminatii legion, but also the Blades of the Red Church. Not knowing whether or not she will make it out of the city alive, but Mercurio has been captured by Mia’s enemies. To make matters worse, Mia’s own family wishes her dead and Julius Scaeva is just an inch away from total power.
Now to uncover the last secret of Mia’s life, Mia along with Ashlinn, Jonnen, and a friend from beyond the veil set off on journey across the Republic. As Truedark approaches, will Mia survive what could be the final night where even daylight must perish?
So, it’s been five months from when I finished reading Darkdawn and writing this review. There are many reasons for this. First there’s my mental health and I just had to step away from being on the computer all the time. Second, life got super busy and I couldn’t help but keep reading without writing reviews immediately afterwards. Therefore this review will not be as detailed as reviews I’ve previously posted. I will have this paragraph at the beginning of the reviews that weren’t written immediately after finishing them.
There are quite a few new characters in Darkdawn. We already know that Mia’s brother, Jonnen, joins their party, but Mia gets a completely new crew as well. Now I won’t lie, but Jonnen can be completely annoying, but he definitely grows on you. Not only that, but all the characters you know and love will bring out even more emotions from you. If you have a heart, you will cry. If not, you’re a monster.
What I absolutely loved about Darkdawn was learning about Mia’s history. Not only do we learn a bit about her familia, but we learn the history and purpose of the Darkin. This was honestly the aspect of the story I could not wait to learn about. Watching Mia grow in her powers and learning the smallest bits about these powers in the first two books is agonizing. However, it makes sense to learn the entirety of the Darkin in Darkdawn. As we all know, these books twist and turn every chance they get, and it does not only with the history of the Darkin, but with the ending. Don’t worry, I would never ruin that for you. Just prepare yourself gentlefriends, it’s a heartbreaker.
“Don’t fuck with librarians, young lady. We know the power of words.”
“What doesn’t kill me had better fucking run.”
“Fear is never a choice. Never a choice. But letting it rule you is.”
“Promises are for poets.”
“Death is a promise we all must keep. Sooner or later.”
Star Rating: /5
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