Review: Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

23264672._sy475_Oooh gentlefriends, it is here. And while I didn’t have a ton of time to spare, this is a book that I made time for. So, apologies that this is coming more than 20 hours after this book was released. I savored this one. 😀

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?

He opened the book, looked down at the first page.

“Nevernight,” he muttered. “Stupid name for a book.”

This book made me laugh, and it made me cry, and it made me laugh-cry. Just the quotes I’ve shared in this review had more chortling going on over here than most books, full stop. Mia and friends get up to ridiculous shenanigans in this volume, and I was highly entertained by the entirety of it. But this is also the finale to a series that has given me some serious feels in the past, and this is no exception to that. I got the feels. Hard. But I don’t think I’ve never read a book that was so self-aware and hilariously self-deprecating like this one, while still being feelsy whenever it’s necessary. Jay Kristoff is a phenomenal writer, and he’s written a phenomenal trilogy!

“It has footnotes? What kind of wanker writes a novel with footnotes?”

Ahhh gentlefriends, this was less and book and more an experience. This is a book that, if you know me at all, I will recommend like I tend recommend the Heartstrikers series, or the First Law series. Yes, oh gods above and below yes, please do get this book and the two before it……….. in audio. Because the narrator, Holter Graham, nails it. Nails. It.

Seriously, I don’t know how this guy has a voice left after the voices he gives Mister Kindly, Eclipse, and uh… a shadowy/wraithy individual that joins Mia on her journey in this volume (so vague, Kristen. So vague~). He gets the shadowy… gravelly… whispery cadence right every time, and it just sucked me into this book for hours and hours at a time. But still, I limited myself to 2-4 hours at a time. Savoring it, like I said.

“I found another one, too.” Aelius said, returning from farther down the row. “About three months back. Wasn’t there one turn, next turn, there it was.”

The chronicler handed Mercurio another heavy tome. It was similar to the one he already held, but the pages were edged in sky blue rather than blood-red. A wolf was embossed on the black cover instead of a crow. Juggling the first book into the crook of his elbow, he opened the second’s cover and peered at the title.

“Godsgrave,” he muttered.

“Follows on from the first,” Aelius nodded. “I think I liked this one better, actually. Less fucking about at the start.”

(I laughed so loud at that last line that my boss came over to my office to investigate what the hell was so funny. Alas, she’s not really into fantasy at all, or else I would have done my damnedest to make a sale here. :D)

So, this is obviously one of those reviews that’s just me squeeing about a thing for a couple of hundred words. There isn’t a lot to say. This is the conclusion of a trilogy that I have absolutely loved from beginning to end. All I can say is that everyone should read them, listen to them, or in any other way experience them. 5/5 stars!


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