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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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Summary

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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Great book, shame about the performance

This is the first audiobook I bought in the trilogy as I was so gripped and wanted to keep reading when I was on the go. The book is brilliant, but I'm sorry to say that I was appalled by the narration. I really don't say this to make the narrator feel bad as it doesn't mean he's not talented reading other work. However, this novel contains a lot of female dialogue and main characters, and I was so disappointed to hear some of the most badass, fierce and brilliant characters I've ever read, reduced to gum-smacking dizzy teenage girls in this narrator's voice. I don't know why he felt the need to make them sound air-headed and whiny when they're meant to be so smart and strong. It was so deeply disappointing and completely ruined the audio for me. Again, if the narrator reads this, I don't want them to feel badly, but they do need to evaluate the way they approach their female voices.

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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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Heart Shatteringly good

Both grim and uplifting, about both dark destiny and love enough to defeat gods. Story was twisting and the performance truly excellent.

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befriend your inner darkness

great story to make you acquainted to your inner darkness, live it, embrace it and live to tell the tale. jay kristoff is a master of words and a deep seer of the human soul - brave and selfish as it is in all of us.

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Good, but not as good as the first

I loved the first book but found this one to be very up and down for me. There were parts where I nearly gave up on it, but glad I stuck it out to the end. Overall I really enjoyed this series and the like the narrator a lot.

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What a narrator!!!

Not as good as the 2 previous ones, but what a fantastic narrator!!!I I appreciate most of the narrators I encountered while listening to UK Audible, but if I could have granted 10 stars to Holter Graham, I would have done it!! I'll look for other books read by him. Bravo, bravo Mr Graham

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extraordinary

didn't want it to finish- great twists and turns, exciting to read. very thoughtful way to end!

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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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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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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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  • Xander
  • 12-09-19

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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  • Christopher
  • 26-09-20

Utterly delightful.

A sheer delight. A wonderful book narrated by a genius. I cannot recommend it more highly.