Darkdawn

The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 3
Narrated by: Holter Graham
Series: The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 3
Length: 21 hrs and 35 mins
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Discover the bloody end of Mia Corvere’s story as internationally best-selling author Jay Kristoff brings The Nevernight Chronicle to its epic conclusion.

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 best-selling author Jay Kristoff’s writing has been praised by critics and fans alike, and has won many awards, including four Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, and David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards.

©2019 Jay Kristoff (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"If you love Robin Hobb or George R. R. Martin, you will adore Nevernight." (Starburst)

"With a delicate balance of the ancient and the magical, this tense and brutal tale is unflinching, thrilling and satisfying." (Publishers Weekly)

"Joins lyrical high fantasy, Pratchett-like humour and unflinching descriptions of violence [...] something special." (SciFi Now)

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A fantastic end to a fantastic story.

If you loved the first 2 books in the series you'll certainly love this one too, it ends bittersweet and full of hope but best of all satisfyingly.

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  • sharman plews
  • 09-10-19

Never flinch, never fear and never ...ever forgot!

.....This book, along with it's unforgettable predecessors, nevernight and godsgrave, have stole a piece of my soul. The strength of characters has left me in awe of Jay Kristoff's literary ability. I laughed and cried and laughed some more. In a tale you find yourself encouraging murder and deception and willing on evil acts because you feel apart of it, just as if it was your own vengeance being played out . What can I say this book becomes apart of you. And will be read time and time again.

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  • David Connor
  • 02-19-20

What a ride!

An incredible end to a fantastic journey. Loved ever syllable for start to finish, especially with Halter's performance.

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  • Edmund
  • 02-06-20

Excellent Ending.

This provided an excellent ending to a great Trilogy. I really enjoyed the narration, the quirks of the storytelling. I even enjoyed the footnotes.

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  • Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
  • 02-03-20

Nevernight Chronicles book 3

Below you'll find my original review of the story written after I read the hardback, I have since reread the whole series on audible and love it even more. Fantastic narration from Holter Graham brings the characters even more to life so while I didn't love the final book in the trilogy I'm sure I'll be rereading the first two.

I've been shouting about this series from the rooftops since I first read Nevernight in 2016, it's one of my all time favourites and one that I own multiple copies of in various signed limited edition hardbacks. In fact I had preordered 3 different copies of Darkdawn long before it's actual release (US signed first edition as well as the Goldsboro & Waterstones signed editions with sprayed edges) and that's not counting the fact I ended up buying the audiobook too as I'd just finished listening to the first 2 books for the first time and was really impressed with the narrator Holter Graham. Anyway, I was totally expecting this book to be another 5 star read, I went in prepared to love it so I can't tell you how much it pains me to only rate it a 3.

The story actually got off to a great start. It kicks off immediately after the end of Godsgrave with Mia having just killed her two greatest enemies in the middle of the arena and managing to escape with her younger brother Jonnen. She has plans to meet up with Ashlinn and Mercurio so that they can escape the city together but things go downhill very quickly when she realises the extent of the Red Church's betrayal. Instead Mia and Ash are now on the run with a familiar face from their past, Mia is the most wanted criminal in the empire and instead of getting the joyful reunion she wanted with Jonnen she's having to hold him prisoner to stop him running back to his father. I'm not really going to talk much more about the plot than that but it definitely gives us an explosive start to being back in Mia's world.

Unfortunately for me it went downhill from there. I've never been able to forgive Ashlinn for her actions in the first book so I couldn't be less on board with her relationship with Mia. I think if Mia had moved on from Tric with any other character in the series I'd have been sad but I'd have got over it but I just can't find it in myself to root for these two, especially considering what happened at the end of Godsgrave! So much of this story was focused on the romance and to be honest I was bored, it seemed like the rest of the plot revolved around excuses to give Mia and Ash more smut scenes and I honestly never expected to be saying this book had too much sex in it. For a good half of the book I actually found myself getting bored of Mia's story, so much so that I kept falling asleep whenever I tried listening to the audiobook and had to switch over to reading one of my hardbacks instead.

The pace did pick up again towards the end but it really wasn't enough to make up for my boredom in the middle. Darkdawn was completely missing all of the twists from the first two books, everything felt totally predictable and the ending was nothing unexpected or particularly exciting. I'm still a huge fan of Jay Kristoff and he remains an auto-buy author for me but I think it's highly unlikely I'll be reading this particular book again no matter how much I loved the first two instalments.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-21-20

Amazing

Narrator: AMAZING
Plot: AMAZING
Characters: AMAZING
Amazing? AMAZING

I'm litrerally dead right now and all i can say is AMAZING. And seriously *well done* to Holter Graham: he voiced the characters exactly right (Mercurio is the bessst) and I truly forgot that the same man is speaking for all these different characters. Truly phenomenal.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-16-20

Excellent narrator.

A solid fantasy book with some memorable characters. No real twists or surprises. However it's well written with excellent prose. Narrator was out standing. Loved the foot notes.

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  • Demlock
  • 12-31-19

Just couldn't get into it

A bit dull. Kinda like this review. Took a long time to move forward from book two.

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  • Londongirl
  • 12-03-19

So worth it

This is a very, very dark romance. The footnotes, which teeter on the edge of being irritating, finally make sense when all is revealed at the end. A worthy finale to a gory, witty, clever series - captivating and action packed. If you liked Deadpool you will love this. Beautifully written and well narrated, and a very satisfying listen.

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  • Cfc Caumartin
  • 11-24-19

too long

Last of three and this is an epic finale. However the epic aspect comes from the stamina required of the listener. I got really tired along the way and skipped a fair few chapters. Not bad, just exhausting.

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  • Dominik Braun
  • 11-10-19

A worthy ending: Tense, poetic, authentic

Jay Kristoff is a great author with a unique style and this was a more than worthy finale to the Nevernight Chronicles.

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  • Adam Dixon
  • 11-12-19

Awkward

The final book, whilst the world building is quite interesting and the premise is pretty good I find the execution somewhat awkward. The "intimate" scenes in all the books are somewhat cringe worthy (to me at least)
Mia is supposed to be this badass assassin but is just... childish? I've struggled to get through these books. I loved the description of the first, whilst there are pure gems within this story it's just off for me. That's not to say people won't enjoy it. I'm just voicing mine own opinion on it.
It is not my intention to be cruel but I find the narrator to shift wildly between his volumes, whether that's a post production problem or not it makes me shatter out of the story and lament having headphones. Also... he changed the voice of The Chronicler.
I still have no idea why it's not a woman narrating this story.
I do thoroughly enjoy the cursing that takes place within this book. I would highly recommend taking up the cursing that is within these pages.
One of the things I do enjoy about this book is the well sort out Pantheon, I myself have used the Blessed Mother of Murder within my Dungeons and Dragons campaign.
Overall I'm not going to say 'Don't bother with this book" because, as stated above, there are real gems hidden throughout. Just be patient with the narrator or the post production.

*As I continue with this it becomes more and more cringe worthy.

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  • Matt V
  • 11-09-19

Stunning finale

Few conclusions do their predecessors justice. This does. Never flinch. Never fear. Never, ever, forget.

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  • Kristie
  • 10-30-19

Fucking Epic

Yep, as satisfying as the highest paid sex worker in Godsgrave with a bottle of top shelf good wine.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-28-19

Ahhh, A nice ride that restores a little faith !

Really enjoyed this series . A nice easy going light hearted story , great use of language by the Author.
Yes, even the swearing. was a nice change.
No tehashed and renamed orcs or trolls either !
Awesome.
The great narration is what really pulls it all together, no question.
Hats off Mr Narrater !
PB

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-23-19

Looooved it

Coming off the back of an amazing series Jay Kristoff filled a hole I didn’t think would be able to ❤️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-16-19

Bloody brilliant and beautiful!

Not only has this been one of the best book trilogies I’ve experienced, the narration performance is by far and away the absolute pinnacle of excellence!!!

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  • Mr. Page
  • 09-13-19

A magnificent masterpiece of chaos

This book is probably the most magnificent creation I have ever listened to. The story was mind blowing, and the voice acting was incredible!!!!!! 1000% recommend