First Impression Friday | Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3)

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• Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.
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Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) by Jay Kristoff – As with the first two books of this series I am reading this one as audio. Let me be frank with you all, I didn’t really enjoy Nevernight and Godsgrave. They were…okay. I could see the merits of the books but I just couldn’t bring myself to give two shits about Mia and her story.

Be that as it may, since I had read the first two books I figured I may as well finish off the series so here we are. As of this writing I am 50% through Darkdawn and have rolled my eyes more times than I can count.

It is like Kristoff got bored of writing this series and just wanted to get them over with. In the first two books were got some witty dialogue and big shocks and surprises. In Darkdawn have yet to find any of those redeeming qualities. We are just plowing through the plot all willy nilly with stabbings every few pages in hopes of keeping readers invested.

Mostly, I’ve been bored and annoyed. Mia no longer feels like a badass murder bitch and her love triangle nonsense is just that, nonsense. The plot is dry and you can see what is coming from a mile away. I’m simply annoyed and bored.

Will I finish reading this book? Yes. I’ve invested enough time in the series that I may as well finish it but let me tell you folks, I’ve seen some spoilers for the end and I am NOT pleased. I don’t expect to give this final installment more than a 2 or 3 out of 5.

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? (Goodreads)

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