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Truedark is Coming: Review of Darkdawn

Book: Darkdawn

Author: Jay Kristoff

  • Plot: 4/5
  • Characters: 5/5
  • Writing: 5/5
  • Overall: 4/5

Darkdawn was the dramatic conclusion to the Nevernight trilogy full of humour, murderous angst and the indomitable sass of Mia Corvere.

In this book, Mia continued her journey to revenge while also discovering more about darkin lore and the mysterious Crown of the Moon. Mia came a long way in this book, even more than in Nevernight and Godsgrave as she finally discovered the truth about herself and accepted the path laid out for her. She realised her life could be about more than revenge and built up her own, new family around her. And of course, she had her usual daring, sarcasm and tendency to get herself into the craziest situations and find the craziest ways of getting out of them.I loved her relationship with Jonnen and despite everything she was such a caring big sister and it was sweet to watch their in each other trust grow. I also loved Mia and Ashlinn‘s relationship and I just wanted them to be happy together! 

Other out of context things that I loved about Darkdawn:

  • Cloud Corleone
  • Tric vs Ashlinn
  • Mr Kindly
  • Chapter 35 (the most heart-rending chapter I’ve ever read)
  • All the characters mocking the footnotes
  • The library in the Quiet Mountain

As you can tell, there were many things that I loved and I’ve given the previous books in the series five stars. So why did I give Darkdawn four stars? Well, it was the ending. It was a good and fitting ending in many ways but I just didn’t connect with it. I expected to feel emotional as I finished one of my favourite series but I didn’t feel anything. My main issue was with the scene of the final battle just before the very end because it didn’t make sense to me and it didn’t feel right. It all happened too quickly and I don’t think it was powerful as it could have been. When I got to the end I just thought: ‘Is that it?’.

Although I had a slight issue with the ending and I don’t think it was as brilliant as Nevernight or Godsgrave, I did enjoy Darkdawn overall and Mia’s story will always have a place in my heart.

Thank you St. Martin’s Press to for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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