Darkdawn (Review) // Justice for Tric, breathtaking fantasy, Mia Corvere?!

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?

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Darkdawn marks the conclusion of a trio of chronicles about a character many of us hold dear to our hearts, Mia Corvere. The stakes are raised infinitely in Darkdawn as Mia tries to stop Julius Scaeva once and for all. With all the odds stacked against her in an ancient battle between gods, will Mia follow her destiny, or forge a path of her own choosing? Everything will come to an end in the thrilling final instalment of the Nevernight Chronicles.

I’m writing this after justing having read something like the last fifty pages, and I’m just a bit confused? Since when did raising the dead become such a prominent part of the series. Anyway. One of the things I loved the most about Darkdawn is the humour. It reminds me of The Dark Artifices and Percy Jackson, but Jay Kristoff’s sense of humour is just… on point. I laughed my head off several times, despite how dire some of the situations were for the main characters, simply because the jokes made up for it. Another aspect I loved is the delving into a Rome-style universe. The whole thing with the Senate and Consuls was crucial in this book especially. But the sheer depth of the fantasy, the commitment to it. I’ve seen it before, yes, but it’s definitely been awhile since I’ve read such an engrossing and awe inspiring fantasy.

Uhm okay so I just have endless love for Mia after this book. Some of her dialogue, man that got me. It feels like the ending has been planned from the beginning (well as far as I know, that is the case anyway), but regardless each element felt real, a connected piece of the puzzle. As for the deaths… I hope it’s not too much of a spoiler to say they happened because c’mon, what do you expect, it’s fantasy. But some of them may have killed me a little, yet they felt real. There’s a real debate about the whole Ashlinn vs. Tric thing I guess, and I don’t have too much to contribute except that Tric deserves justice.

One of my only uncertainties about this book is the variance in battles between Mia and Scaeva. Some seemed way to easily won, others almost too harsh defeats. I just thought there was a lack of consistency in this regard and the story suffered a little as a result. Perhaps my other two dislikes are character focused; Ashlinn and Jonnen rank among my least favourites whoops. I won’t get too much into why because it relates heavily to the plot of the book. Oh, and I suppose I forgot about my conflicted feelings in regard to the ending, but that really is another subject entirely.

As far as endings go, Darkdawn most certainly is a bittersweet but highly satisfactory one. It all comes crashing down (but mostly in a good way). Jay Kristoff has created a rich and vivid fantasy world with The Nevernight Chronicle, and one that will be missed by many. So goodbye for now, Mia Corvere; you were everything I ever wished for in a heroine.

~I received a copy from HarperCollins NZ and willingly reviewed it~

What are some of your favourite fantasy series? If you’ve read The Nevernight Chronicle, Tric or Ashlinn (I know, I know, I should probably stop creating controversy in my own comments section)?

 Xoxo, Cas

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