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{Review} DARKDAWN (Book 3 of the Nevernight Chronicle), by Jay Kristoff

Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Crime, Crime/Serial Killer, Dark Fantasy, Fantasy, Fiction, Girls & Women, Horror, Law & Crime, Noir, Occult & Supernatural, Psychological Horror, Supernatural, Suspense, Thriller
Format: Hardcover

The epic conclusion to the internationally bestselling Nevernight Chronicle from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

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?

New York Times and internationally bestselling author Jay Kristoff’s writing has been praised by critics and readers alike and has won many awards, including four Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, and David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards.

4 Stars.

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Horror After Dark Review

DARKDAWN, is the third book–and conclusion–to The Nevernight Chronicle, by author Jay Kristoff. I devoured the first two novels without hesitation, and this one was no different in that regard.

Well, almost. . . 

I admit that while I couldn’t wait to jump back into Mia Corvere’s tale, a part of me was already lamenting the fact that this was the last book of her story.

“When all is blood, blood is all.” 

The end of Book 2 left us with some incredible revelations, and brought back some earlier characters, as well as some dynamic new ones. One such being Mia’s eight-year old brother, Jonnen.

“. . . she’d have admired the boy’s creativity if he wasn’t turning out to be such a troublesome little prick.” 

It was wonderful to revisit Kristoff’s writing style! His blend of comedic dark humor in the most serious of situations is something I never tire of. His characters feel authentic because they are flawed, as all humans are. you can’t go into these books expecting everything to be “happily ever after”, for that’s simply not reality.

“. . . ‘deserve’ has nothing to do with this life. Blessings and curses fall on the wicked and the just alike . . .” 

Kristoff was able to create this world and make it “real” to the reader because–even with the supernatural, creatures, and magic–his characters had traits that we could relate to: Love, greed, ambition, and the desire to avenge wrongs perpetrated on themselves and those they cared about.

“Sometimes the past just won’t die. Sometimes you have to kill it.” 

Mia’s character goes through the largest emotional transformation here. Like her or hate her, I think most would agree that from the direction the stories were taking, nothing short of a complete reevaluation of her values and mission would have felt “right”.

“. . . She’d always been better at cutting things apart than putting them back together.” 

Even the opposing characters are believable in the context of what they do. After all, does a predator see itself as evil, or simply do what comes natural to it?

“. . . To claim true power . . . All you need is the will to do what others will not.”

Overall, this novel captured nearly every emotion possible, and had me feeling all over the board as far as the events unfolding went.

Did I like all of the decisions/scenes Kristoff gave us?

Of course not! Was I emotionally destroyed at times? YES! Some were downright infuriating to me with how I had come to care about this fictional world and its people. However, that’s the beauty of being a reader. We may not likeeverything we read, but you have to be able to appreciate an author that can affect your reactions and manipulate emotions the way this one does.

“. . . the best way to learn to win is by losing.

Kristoff did all of that and more. I can’t wait to start the next book by him–I have a couple on hand that I purchased already.

“I am the war you can not win.” 

Highly recommended, to follow after NEVERNIGHT and GODSGRAVE.

About The Author

About Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff is the #1 international, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of LIFEL1K3, THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE and THE ILLUMINAE FILES. He is the winner of five 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.


I am an avid reader/reviewer and collector of books--primarily horror, supernatural, and supernatural-themed thrillers.

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