From bestselling and award-winning author Jay Kristoff comes the thrilling and heart-breaking conclusion to The Nevernight Chronicle.
Mia Corvere, gladiatii, escaped slave and infamous assassin, is on the run.
After the greatest games in Godsgrave's history ended with the most audacious murders in the history of the Itreyan Republic, Mia finds herself 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.
- ISBN13 9781250073044
- Publish Date 3 September 2019
- Publish Status Active
- Imprint St. Martin's Press
- Format Hardcover
- Pages 528
- Language English
I literally had black, messy, eyeliner tears running down my face by the end of this. I can’t believe I must say goodbye. Tears from the abyss?
This series holds a piece of my heart, forever
( just forever?
forever and ever.)
This book both ripped my heart out & filled me with joy, made me cry & made me laugh... aaaand tore my heart to shreds.
I suppose that all good things must come to an end, eventually, gentlefriends.
THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT I HAVE TO BE OKAY WITH IT!
And he began to write.
The story of Mia Corvere is one that I will cherish forever. Starting this series, I didn’t know what would happen or if I would continue it since at first it didn’t strike my fancy, but I’m glad I did.
This last book does Mia justice. It wholly captures what she has been striving for throughout her story and I’m so grateful for that. I’ve come to love Mia as a character and will miss her dearly now that her story is over. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending and I’m so happy I read this series. So thank you Jay Kristoff, for creating this amazing bitch of a character that I love.
"Be assured there will be no cliff-hangers in this, our final dance together. As promised, her birth you've witnessed, her life you've lived. All that remains is her death."In many ways this end to the Nevernight trilogy was both an amazing and lackluster read for me, and it's taken almost two and a half months for me to sort through my feelings to write this review (thank goodness I am a note-taker!). But regardless this is going to be a difficult book to review due to it being the end of a trilogy. Tread lightly as the review will discuss spoilers from the first two books.
"How do you kill the monster without becoming one yourself?"There were a lot of threads to weave together in this finale, and Kristoff did a great job of not leaving any loose ends. It was incredibly satisfying to follow Mia's journey from being a Red Church recruit to seeking her final acts of vengeance. But things aren't always what they seem and there's more to uncover...
"We don't know anything. We know all stories end, whippersnapper. Including hers."The narrator's humor and the fourth-wall (page?) breaking humor with comments about the footnotes never ceased to bring me intense amounts of joy. I adore how meta this book is. And the footnotes! How I adore the footnotes, even though they are a pain in the arse to read!
The love triangle? Oooh boy, it set my soul aflame. Mia is torn between an unresolved love she didn't choose to move on from and her love of the present. And the tension it causes is palpable, especially because Ashlinn is the one who murdered Tric in the first place.
Honestly, the character relationships are the highlight of this book for me as a reader. Mercurio, Adonai, Tric, Ashlinn; platonic, familial, romantic. The dynamics and intricacies of the relationship dynamics are done expertly well and you can track the development through the trilogy.
Unfortunately, the pacing of the book was uneven for me and I found myself incredibly bored in parts of the book. This is in part because of the worldbuilding style in adult versus young adult fantasy, but this book seemed to drag more than the prior two in the series for some reason. It took me a month and a half to read this book. I was really invested in the characters and learning more about the religious practices of the world (finally!), but reading the book sometimes felt like a chore.
Overall, I was pretty satisfied with the way that Kristoff finished off this beloved series even though I struggled quite a bit. But this brought made me a big sobbing mess at the end, and I am a bit sad that I won't be able to go on more adventures with this cast of characters.
The ending: I saw the ending coming a mile away from early on in this book after reading this line in chapter 3:
"You die once, you might make it back with her blessing. But cross back over the Abyss once more? You're gone forever."Given the fact that Tric was brought back, followed by Ashlinn, . I felt very disappointed as a reader, because the danger and stakes didn't really mean anything. No one stayed dead. Of course Mia would get the Maw's blessing and her happy ending. She deserved it, but it felt anti-climactic for me and honestly kind of changed my feelings about the earlier books.
Content warnings: child slavery, gore, inferred sexual abuse by a priest, loss of a loved one, murder, sex, suicide, violence
Many thanks to St. Martins Press for providing me an electronic ARC of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. Quotations taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon final publication.
If you are reading this then you are most likely familiar with Jay's writing. You will know that Jay loves to push the boundaries. He loves to do things that no one else does. He's also not afraid to hurt you as the reader.
So now I have set the scene for this final chapter I'm going to tell you what I think of it. I loved it! It was everything I hoped for and so much more. I had equal amounts of hate and gratitude for Jay. There were times when I wanted to throttle him and times when I just wanted to scream thank you from the roof of my house.
This is one of the most unique series. The main character is, in her own words, a vengeful, selfish bitch. She's not a hero. She's not out to save the world. She's just out for revenge and yet I still love her. Jay has a way of making you root for Mia despite everything she is not.
There are so many things I loved about this book that I can't mention because I am so anti spoilers. I would kill anyone that spoiled this book for me and I refuse to be that person. What I will say is you won't regret reading this series.
With this book, I sped through the first half and then I realised this is the end like there's no more coming and I slowed down. I had a classic bookworm problem. I wanted to know how the book ended but I didn't want it to end.
I know that I will listen to this story again. I feel like this story will become a comfort to me and one I will turn to when I've had a bad day and need something to lift my spirits.
I was so excited about this book. I wanted to love this book. But... I did not like it as much as I hoped.
I have no problem with the ending itself, but I was a bit disappointed that it turned out to be a book about being the chosen one and different gods. Especially about the gods. I liked the story and the world as it is. I think the gods were thrown into the story too late, and at that point, it felt as if that was the only ending Jay could come up with so he went with it. However, the gods are done pretty well and there is this whole backstory that I do like. Still, it all comes down to familia. I really appreciated that. I cannot deny that even though I did not like this twist of events, Jay did a marvelous job and if I reread the series, I will probably love it because I know what to expect. Hopefully...
But why did everyone come back from the death?! First Tric, then Ashlinn, and even Mia. What a nonsense.
I missed the footnotes. I was really looking forward to them and they were just... gone. For more than half of the book. I missed them and for me, it was always a strong point of the series.
Also, the beginning was so incredibly slow. Nothing happened for half the book and there were no footnotes, nothing of interest was happing unless you count Mia and Ashlinn having sex every few pages, but after I few times I had enough of the two of them... I still love them together though, but I just wanted more things to happen in the first half of the story.
I find talking about this book to be somewhat hard, not because it lacked things to discuss, au contraire; there are simply too many things in it. The main reason for this I believe is that Jay Kristoff, always has a form of a journey in these books that allows him to expand on different things. Here, the fact that this book doesn’t just handle one location gives him the bigger chance to expand on all the remaining plot points and when able, actually wrap them up in a satisfying manner. Did he do that? Hell, yes. Granted it’s not as satisfying as Rachel Caine’s Sword and Pen, but I’m so happy about most of the turns of events in the series.
Main one however? The brutality in it. Mia has always been one of the very few warrior female characters who says something about her capabilities and manages to pull through every single time, in this book Jay Kristoff doesn’t shy away from having her go into instances where she’s not going to come out of it without even more blood on her hands. I loved that so much, it’s unreal. One more thing I really enjoyed is the closer look I got in the legends of the world and how they tie up to the world of Nevernight and the characters in it. Her shadowy friends were always favourites and I’m definitely glad that they got an even bigger focus.
Better yet, the twist he added with the titles of Nevernight, Godsgrave and Darkdawn in the book as a really felt point was epic. I haven’t been that pleasantly surprised in a while, but damn it was ingenious.
Other than the point above, this book also shows the growth of several characters. Mia obviously being the main one, and it wasn’t just because of the situations she was put in, she now has her brother with her and this new found relationship won’t be easy to live with or work around, but they definitely try. Old and new faces all around, but what I’m most happy about is that almost everyone got their time to shine and show me more of their capabilities, especially the Speaker that was fun. As for the weaver? long overdue gentlefriend, long overdue.
The book doesn’t stop in one area like I mentioned before, Mia is journeying till the end and through that we see her make stops that seem kind of unnecessary, but I still end up seeing interesting things and see her reach new heights with her powers so I end up happy regardless. It’s interesting to see how she deals with stuff sometimes, the old faces play a big role here with her ideas and the triangle romance wasn’t my thing, but I did enjoy almost everything else so I’ll only leave the romance as the meh part of the book.
I’m talking very vaguely about this book for one simple reason, it’s easy to spoil. Really, even if I sit here and gush about this, there are many interesting my style sort of things that happened here that left me very interested to see how it will unfold and getting that spoiled would have been insanely painful so I’ll leave it here with the advise to read this series, it’s a very entertaining one if you like this sort of stuff.
Final rating: 4/5