Author: Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publisher: St. Martins Press
SYNOPSIS: 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?
I am emotion.
I, I have no words.
Such a masterpiece. Such a perfect ending to a perfect series. How do you move on from something this incredible? How do I not compare all future reads back to this stunning book?
Much like my review of Nevernight and Godsgrave let’s get the hard stuff out of the way. This book is ADULT FANTASY. Not Young Adult. ADULT. This book and this entire series is very heavy and has some very hard subjects involved, and I urge you to go in with caution. I don’t want anyone to read this that wouldn’t be comfortable with these heavy themes. Here are some Trigger Warnings so you know what is involved: assault, death (murder), gore, violence, graphic sex, loss of family members (flashbacks).
I’ve read some reviews where people said this finale wasn’t what they expected and that they didn’t like how it ended, and like, to each their own but DAMN I could not feel more differently. I didn’t know what to expect from Darkdawn, but it was perfect. When Kristoff announced a long long time ago that he had to push publication back by A YEAR I was devastated at the time but now I think it may have been worth it. I can tell that SO MUCH time and effort went into this story, I think if it hadn’t been pushed back we wouldn’t have gotten the incredible story that we did.
I honestly can’t remember the last time a book made me feel the way Darkdawn did. I went through every kind of emotion. Within the first 40 pages I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe. I was in awe of how the ENTIRE story and pieces from Nevernight and Godsgrave wove into Darkdawn like a puzzle fitting together. That’s how this story felt, like I finally found the puzzle piece that fits my soul. I cheered, I cried, I had to take a break because my heart simply couldn’t take the pain anymore.
I don’t want to say much about the plot since this is the third book in the series and if you haven’t read the first two I don’t want to spoil anything for you. And if you haven’t read Darkdawn yet, I urge you to. This just might be my new favorite book, it was so damn good.