Format: eBook (Kindle)
Length: 512 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (PanMacmillan)
Date of Publication: 3rd September, 2019
Rating: 3/5 stars
I always find that I love the second book in any series, no matter how many books there are in total. The same was true for the Nevernight Chronicles. I absolutely loved Godsgrave and could not wait to start reading the last book in the series. I buddy-read this book with Anupama which made the sheer length of the book seem manageable.
The Republic of Itreya is in chaos. Mia Corvere has assassinated Cardinal Duomo and rumors 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?
I was not a huge fan of Nevernight but I absolutely loved Godsgrave. I often find that I like the second book in any series the best. The same holds good for The Nevernight Chronicles as well. While Godsgrave was fast paced, it also made sure that each character was given their due diligence. Characters were allowed to develop based on their backstories and the development was organic. However, in Darkdawn everything felt rushed and characters were given an ‘edge’ that was totally different from what we have come to expect of them. The author seemed to be consumed with a need to find closure for each character but also to shock the reader. Unfortunately, you could predict each of the twists about a mile away and all you wanted was for the story to reach an end so that you can start reading something else.
The Mia-Ashlinn-Tric equation was so wrought with teenage angst that you wanted to kill someone just to stop the bickering. It did not help that one of my favorite characters was absent from a major part of the story. I expected Jonnen to have been given a bigger role or to have made a more grown-up decision but in hindsight, he was only eight years old and behaved like an average eight-year-old. Mia’s interactions with the moon and the Goddesses felt forced as did her last two battles. The only saving grace for me were Mercurio and Sid whom I now love.
I have already spoken about Jay Kristoff in my review of Nevernight.
TL;DR: A disappointing end of a series that was off to a great start
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