Characters & their development: 5
Personal enjoyment: 3
-the character development in Mia
-The involvement of the gods
-The pitting of Tric against Ashlyn
-The overall plot
-The first 350 pages
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.
This might be one of the biggest letdowns of 2019.
NEVERNIGHT, and GODSGRAVE were some of my favourite books. Mia was one of the first Bi main characters I ever met and she was amazing. I loved every bloodthirsty second of those first two novels, so I went in with high hopes. In the end, I was let down and dismayed. Even the last few pages with the nice bow on top, couldn’t fix what this novel had done.
Darkdawn takes us into the final arc of Mia’s life. We see her come up against her biggest opponents and see that the world is much, much bigger than what she had thought it to be. She became everything she needed to be the best Scaeva, but at what cost?
First of all, my biggest issue with this story lies in where the plot was taking it. I had no interest in where it was going and why it was going that way. Throughout the first two novels, the gods are minor beings, things talked about much like religion. They made for a beautiful world, but they were perfect in the background. However, Jay brings them to the foreground with the gods wanting Mia to fulfil her prophecy and bring about truedark.
I truly skimmed over so many of the parts including the gods because it was just, boring and not my taste. We really weren’t set up for this to happen, and it made the story seem less, real.
Another major issue I had was with the first oh, 350 pages of a 450-page book. This novel felt far less polished and less thought out. When we skipped back to Mecrucio I was very interested and devoured the pages, and at some points, I would do the same with Mia’s but for the majority of the novel I was only vaguely interested, and if this hadn’t have been the finale, I might have given up on the story altogether.
On the positives, it had the happy ending I always hoped this series would have, though there were far too many losses for me to be truly happy. I enjoyed where the world was now headed to some degree but even those small happy parts really couldn’t make me happy. Personally, I still hold love in my heart for Mia and the first two novels, but I’ll be doing my best to forget about parts of this last novel to try and keep this series close to my heart.
I know 3 stars is a high rating for such a harsh review, but those three stars are really just for my love of Mia, Mecrucio, Tric, and Mr Kindly. My nostalgia for them is what makes up all of those stars.