Wednesday 1 April 2020

Book Review: Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

Last Updated: 14 October 2021

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff book cover

A ruthless young assassin's journey for revenge comes to a stunning end in the conclusion of this acclaimed epic fantasy trilogy.

The Republic of Itreya is in chaos. Mia Corvere has assassinated Cardinal Duomo and rumours of Consul Scaeva’s death ripple through the street of Godsgrave like wildfire. But buried beneath those same streets, deep in the ancient city’s bones, lies a secret that will change the Republic forever.

Mia and her brother Jonnen must journey through the depths of the ancient metropolis. Their quest will take them through the Godsgrave Underdark, across the Sea of Swords, back to the library of the Quiet Mountain and the poisoned blades of Mia’s old mentors, and at last the fabled Crown of the Moon. There, Mia will, at last, discover the origins of the darkin, and learn the destiny that lies in store for her and her world. But with the three suns now in descent, and Truedark on the horizon, will she survive?

Darkdawn is the third book of the Nevernight Chronicle trilogy - you can find my reviews of Nevernight and Godsgrave here in addition to my thoughts on Darkdawn below.

The thrilling conclusion to an exemplary series, Darkdawn certainly did not disappoint and was able to bring the trilogy to an exciting end. Each chapter of the book is packed with action and suspense, plus plenty of twists, turns and surprises along the way which keep you guessing right until the very end.

In Darkdawn, we learn even more about Mia and are able to see her character develop as she is faced with some of the most difficult choices and decisions yet - and for an assassin-turned-renegade, that really is saying something!

As the plot thickens and the pace quickens, the story follows Mia and her unlikely band of ragtag companions as they seek to change the face of the world forever. The mystery that has been plaguing Mia for years finally seems on the horizon, and even as a reader, it is rewarding to eventually understand the origins of the mysterious darkin.

That being said, some questions are left unanswered and certain parts of the story are left open to interpretation. I have a feeling this book and the ending might well divide readers - yet I loved it. The whole love triangle subplot seemed a little out of place here, though, and I still struggle to see Ash as a likeable character after the events that happened at the end of Nevernight. I feel after the big reveal at the end of Godsgrave, the surprise was somewhat wasted in Darkdawn and wasn't used to its full potential. However, that is only a minor gripe of mine and after all, we were warned from the very beginning that this was a story that would not result in a happy ending!

This series really is one of the best I've read in a while - a truly unique, innovative take on the fantasy genre and one that is definitely worth reading. From the intriguing characters to the outstanding world-building, Darkdawn is the fitting end to an exemplary trilogy.

"When all is blood, blood is all."

Rating: 5 stars

Darkdawn is available to buy now.

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