The Nevernight Chronicles: Nevernight, Godsgrave, and Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff.

My review might contain slight spoilers.

Having recently finished the last book in the Nevernight Chronicles, I thought it was time to review the whole trilogy – including the audiobook version, since I did immersive reading.

Nevernight, the first book, caught my attention with it’s first line, which someone had posted on social media. Despite my fears of falling short of the mark after that first line the story kept my attention, and its snark, throughout the book. The world-building is good and the characters are fleshed out nicely. Not to mention the writing! Holy Moly, Mr Kristoff knows how to put a good story to paper. After I had read a few chapters, I added the audiobook narration to my reading. I was afraid the footnotes had not made it into the audiobook, but fear not dear gentlefriend, they are in the audiobook too. 😉

I read Godsgrave, the second book, and Darkdawn back to back. Godsgrave seems to have suffered a bit under the Middle Book Syndrome. It was good, but predictable in parts. I was missing some major character development, apart from Mia doing a Deadpool: the cold-hearted bitch turned into a hero.

The last book, Darkdawn, had all the things I loved about the first book, especially some unexpected twists; and some twists that I expected, but which still managed to surprise me. It’s a good ending for the trilogy. Loose ends were tied up and I wasn’t left with a feeling of “I’d like to know more about …” at the end.

The audiobook narration by Holter Graham is spot on. Chapeaux! Especially for the fast paced action scenes, I might have sprained my tongue trying to speak this fast. BUT, why are there factual differences between the audiobook and my physical copies? A question that nobody has been able to answer so far. Also, why did the narrator pronounce some names differently in the third book?

Finally, I think this is only NOT a YA book, because of the swearing and explicit sex scenes throughout the book. Some people might argue the blood, gore and fight/slaughter scenes play a role, too. I’m putting it into the New Adult corner, because of the YA heroine, some typical YA tropes (love triangle, naivety, making unreasonable decisions), and all of the clever/cool banter that is typically found in YA novels.

As you can see from my Goodreads rating, not a bad read:

Nevernight 5/5

Godsgrave 4/5

Darkdawn 5/5