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Publisher's Summary

The epic conclusion to the internationally best-selling Nevernight Chronicle series from New York Times best-selling author Jay Kristoff. 

The greatest games in Godsgrave’s history have ended with the most audacious murders in the history of the Itreyan Republic. Mia Corvere, gladiatii and 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 Neverafter Pty Ltd  (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Kristoff effortlessly draws together multiple threads from the first two volumes and packs in plenty of wickedly sharp, beautifully choreographed, and gloriously bloody fight scenes while offering humor, heartbreak, and a few jaw-dropping surprises.... A poignant and exhilarating finale to a superb fantasy series." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"The stakes for our heroine feel higher than ever.... Fans will love the fast-paced, epic conclusion to this dark and bloody tale." (Kirkus Reviews)

"The twists and turns start early in this volume, and readers expecting wry humor and high body counts will not be disappointed.... Kristoff's characters are fully formed and jump off the page. The world building, borrowing its structure from Italian political history, remains as intricate and fascinating as it was in Nevernight (2016)." (Booklist

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Kinda disappointed

I feel like the story is a step down from the second book. The ending as huge of a scale it was is underwhelming and felt like an episode of dragon ball z or something similar. The constant 4th wall breaking about the foot notes was annoying. You can tell the author was really mad about people not liking the foot notes in the previous books. At one point he literally says "if you don't like the foot notes f#@k you. How about you write a book since you're an expert of literature". I didn't mind the foot notes at all till he kept pointing them out for a joke that got old the first time. Speaking of humor,I didn't find myself laughing like I did with previous books. None of the jokes were hitting.



I had a hard time enjoying most of the cast with the exception of a few(cloud was great). Ashlyn turn from a fun, independent,smart mouth assassin to a petty love sick puppy. Her whole character now is being Mia's girlfriend and never being anything else. A complete downgrade,which sucks since she was my favorite in the first two books. The sex scenes also overstay their welcome. Don't want to get into huge spoilers,but I do admit near the start of the book there are some great twist and turns with decent character development at the halfway point with some hyped action scenes sprinkled throughout. Overall Darkdawn is a disappointment especially by being the last book in the series. Audio book wise, the reader did a nice performance. His male voices were limited and there were a couple of times were he changed a character voice for a chapter or mix them up,but not bad.

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The end

Well I am rather disappointed with the ending. It seems it was more about reiterating the past sayings. I guess I was just upset about Tric He deserved more

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*Spoilers* I want to forget I ever read this

3.75 star. In all honesty I wish I never read this last tale. It was hard at first I love this seires so much and I didn't want it to come to an end. But the unfairness of the things that happened were too much for me. I could not enjoy this book the way I wanted too. Reading about my favorite character getting turned into a doormat was too heartbreaking to watch. I did however love the narrator Holter Graham. He brought life to the characters and the whispering dark was one of my favorite techniques he used. But it's going to be difficult to write this without spoilers so turn away now gentle friend.

Why? Why? Why bring Tric back I just don't understand I could have came to grips with him staying dead. I actually gave up hope in book 2 so it was fine. Tric went through so much and got treated less than trash by the one he went through hell for. His character felt like a third wheel the entire book and I could not come to terms with it. All the love and joy I had in the first book got repeatedly smashed over and over again. This boy clawed his way out of hell and she barely spoke to him. I was shattered. Ash who utterly destroyed his world constantly rubbing her perfect life in his face. And I really I don't want to curse the Author who apparently doesn't do happy ending yet somehow Ash gets hers so that seems fair.

I did not understand their relationship Ash and Mia. The only thing they had going was that they were so much alike. Tric even has a chance to kill Ash and yet he couldn't do that to the one he loved. Could Ash say the same? My heart actually hurts at the unfairness of it all. I wish he would have never returned Mia did not deserve him or anything for that matter after what she did. I understand they all kill innocents but if Tric would have did the same he would have never been forgiven. How can a book physically hurt you so much?

I'm so disappointed in this story I wish I would have stayed oblivious to what was actually going to happen and never went past book 1. But if I could get past these facts the story is still a great one. I love how the narrator speaks to you and jests. There is blood, favorites die, the world building is miraculous, and its everything I want in a book. The one liners are some of my favorites giving you a chill to your bones that only dark magic words can. Also the books in the library they read was an amazing twist. My mouth fell open at the words and I felt like I was glowing with love for this series.

This world became implanted in my heart and I fell for the characters as if they were my own
famiglia. The not cat and not wolf were as always some of my favorites enriching the story and making me want to have them for my own. The plot came with too many fillers though the scenes playing out for far to long. Especially the ending. It felt like an eternity because I got to far in and wanted it over with. I just want to forget now gentle friend I want to forget the hurt I feel.

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Great Read but had issues

In the final installment, the story lived up to it's theme. There were plenty of twists, turns, heroics, and fighting. I did not like all of the scenes/ending but that was because I favored one character over another and they got screwed. It left me with a bad taste in my mouth for Mia. I couldn't understand her actions. Still don't. This was still a good read or listen really since I AudioBooked it. The AB had issues- very apparent voice-overs, repeated passages, and towards the end some of the voices were different. Overall however, I feel like Holter Graham did a great job. His delivery of the story really got me into it!

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Pretty good ending to a great series. (No spoilers)

What can I say… Book 2 was so good it set an almost impossible bar. This was a good solid ending to a great series. Though I confess to being a little disappointed with the predictable, somewhat anticlimactic ending, it was nevertheless a satisfying end that answered most of your questions.

Darkdawn was probably on par with Nevernight, which was a great book. Godsgrave was just such a masterful nail-biter cliffhanger, whereas Darkdawn lost a bit of steam by the end of it.

Go into it with slightly lower expectations and you will probably love it. Expect it to top Godsgrave, and you might be disappointed.

That being said, if you liked the first two books you’d have to be an idiot not to read the third. Well worth the time – Just the ending was a bit blah. I confess I stayed up half the night listening to the end of Godsgrave, and I fell asleep thirty minutes before the end of this book.



If you liked this series I highly recommend The Res Sister by Mark Lawrence. Everything he’s written has been superb, but the parallels between the ancestor trilogy and nevernight are crazy. Equally enjoyable series, though I find Lawrence’s writing style to be far superior.

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Whisper narration annoying

The story was good the normal narration was good. The whispering characters were so annoying it made my teeth itch. The producer gets negative stars for that choice. The narrator I’m sure did what he was instructed to do. REALLY REALLY BAD TECHNIQUE especially for long sections of narration!!!!

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Predictable, pretentious, annoying

A predictable ending. Pretentious and annoying. I could barely make it through this book. *SPOILERS* Ashlyn becomes less than two dimensional and more harlot outside the video game brothel that can be interacted with. Mia does not end up with the person who truly loved her the most. If I had to hear "her girl" one more time I would have stopped listening to the book. If I had been reading the hard copy I would have skipped 2/3 of this book as unnecessary. This is the weakest and the worst of the Nevernight trilogy!

And Holter Graham, who I love to listen to, did you re-listen to the 1st two books before narrating the third? It is jarring to hear names and places pronounced a certain way in 2 books and then to have their pronunciation changed in the last book. It is especially jarring when listening to these 3 books back to back.

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Well, at least the narrator's performance was good

I made it to book 3 before being unable to continue. What a shame the story had become.

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Disappointing end to a great series

ultimately a let down. The final was jumbled and confusing to ultimately give you a cheap "happily ever after. "

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Some good, some eh

3.5 stars

I know what is happening?! I loved this book so much. But while so much was done wonderfully other things were so annoying and had me rolling my eyes so hard I thought they might actually pop out of my head. So I’ll talk through the good and the bad now.

The whole plot point of the gods and bringing balance to the universe was amazing. It excused and made possible a lot of growing abilities that came in handy first for Mia and her revenge and then for the beyond of fixing the whole damn universe. It was bigger then everything and felt mystical and final and just fitting for this dark magical world.

The familia. Mercurio and Jonnen were everything!!! Of all the fathers Mia has Mercurio was the one who knew her best and nurtured her when she was at his greatest need. He was her world and I appreciated how he fought for his daughter here. And Jonnen while being a spoiled little shit was still cute, he was sweet and endearing when he forgot to be an asshole which worked well for this family. Also add Sid here because Mia’s brother in all but blood he went hard for our girl and never doubted her for a second. He was with her till the end and that’s family man.

Mia struggling with her place, between the gods and between the family of her youth and the one of her blood and the one of her choosing was dynamic. It was powerful and Mia’s best times were where we got to see her working through this. Her brother or the son of a god is a powerful ass internal battle to cope with.

Tric. Don Tric was the baddest bitch here after Mia literally defying death for the one he loved. (The same one who sought to avenge him and carved him a grave and mourned him and battled his demons for him when he was gone.) Tric went above and beyond all he should have ever had to face for Mia and his love for her and he’s the best person possible for being a cold blooded murderer.

Things I hated: everytime we had to see Scaeva and Ashlinn I rolled my eyes. They are the absolute worst.

Scaeva couldn’t have been more self important if he tried. “I’m the winner” “I’m the best” “my son” “I’m the ruler” like sure Jan, when you are the best you don’t have to say you’re the best. People just know. Have all the seats.

And Ashlinn, god this girl should have died in book one and remained there. She starts out her whole story arc being their friend, a klepto but like chill. And it endeared her to everyone. Then she murders everyone including Tric because her dad has a limp dick? And she spends the rest of the series telling everyone to get over it because it’s family? Bitch you should have told your dad to get over his erectile disfunction. Everytime she runs into Tric without Mia there it’s to taunt the boy who defied death for her that she was just sitting on the face of his murderer?? She was the absolute worse, a needy thirsty bitch who I literally never had one scene after the massacre in book one when I didn’t roll my eyes at her.

The way these points are spaced in the book lead my rating to being about a 3.5 because the good stuff was so damn good but they gave so much page time to the irritating bits. Still Kristoff tells one hell of a story and damn do I love these characters. This will totally be a series I reread more then once.

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