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Darkdawn (Nevernight #3)

[A quick note: I love my editions of Nevernight. Theyโ€™re the standard editions but I sprayed the edges a maroon red to match the red accents in the covers and that added so much overall. Also, I only have 2 out of 4 of the Nevernight Tarot Cards from Fairyloot. I really wanted Mia and Mister Kindley but they are so expensive! Maybe eventually Iโ€™ll stumble on a cheap set.]

โ€œ๐ƒ๐จ๐ง'๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐œ๐ค ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฅ๐ข๐›๐ซ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ง๐ฌ, ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐  ๐ฅ๐š๐๐ฒ. ๐–๐ž ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ฌ.โ€ โ€”Jay Kristoff

The stunning conclusion to the Nevernight Trilogy seeโ€™s Mia pushed to the limit in her quest for vengeance. But sheโ€™s playing more than one dangerous game. Caught up in an age old battle, Mia must now contend with a godโ€™s vengeance for her son. Thereโ€™s a reason Godsgrave was named thus. And Mia must decide if the cost of restoring balance to the world is worth her life.

HOLY FREAKING GODS!!! This book was intense. I was so scared (no, terrified) for the end, that it took me WEEKS to read it. Why? Because I got anxiety every time I thought about picking it back up. I couldnโ€™t stop speculating about what might happen to my favorite characters. It doesnโ€™t help that weโ€™re told at the very beginning that Mia dies. Soโ€ฆitโ€™s like waiting for a train to derail. I knew I wouldnโ€™t be ready for it. That being said, I LOVED LOVED LOVED loved loved loved the way it ended!

Okay, thereโ€™s so much going on in this book. Mia isnโ€™t just on a path for vengeanceโ€”working to destroy her father. Now sheโ€™s suddenly the chosen one, chosen by the Mother to free her son from his prison and destroy two of the suns that keep the world in constant day. The goal is to bring balance to the world, establish night and day on a regular cycle. But this quest will claim her life, and Mia knows this. She must decide if restoring balance is worth her sacrifice.


And hereโ€™s the big but, what if she can do both?? Save the world AND destroy her father in one crushing blow? Knowing her, surely she will probably find a way. Right?? Thatโ€™s what i love most about Mia. Sheโ€™s just so badass. Sheโ€™s the character we love watching because we know we can trust her to get out of sticky situations.

โ€œ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ค ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ'๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ. ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ'๐ซ๐ž ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐š๐ซ๐ค.โ€ โ€”Jay Kristoff

Like my favorite scene, for example. I loved the scene with Mia and the Pirate King. I wonโ€™t spoil it, but that scene was absolute perfection. I literally whooped out loud while I was reading it. Trust Mia to shake things up. She doesnโ€™t play by the rules. Why should she?

Thereโ€™s something so raw and unapologetic about Kristoffโ€™s writing. His characters drip with imperfection. You can hate them and love them at the same time. I especially appreciated the redemptive arc between Ash and Tric (baby Tricky). And I was lucky to read a certain deleted chapter between Ash, Mia, and Tric that was so so so YUMMY. But since thatโ€™s not part of the actual story, Iโ€™ll refrain from discussing it further.

How did this final installment up against the other two? Personally, I liked Godsgrave the best out of the three. Iโ€™m a sucker for gladiators, fighting rings, and underdogs. That one checked many boxes. But this one delivered too. The entire trilogy was perfection. Well done, Mr. Kristoff. You get all the stars. Iโ€™m flinging them in handfuls from the bleachers like confetti. **Stands up to clap** ๐Œ๐˜ ๐‘๐€๐“๐ˆ๐๐†: ๐Ÿ“/๐Ÿ“โญ๏ธ


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