Author: Jay Kristoff
Genre: Fiction/Fantasy Pages: 455
First published: 2017
Edition: Paperback, published by Harper Collins in 2018
When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows.
I admit it had been a bit long since I read Nevernight, but this book started with a handy recap, so I felt I went into the continuation of Mia’s story prepared enough.
The first chapters were hard for me. The jumps in timeline, combined with one of them being written in cursive script, for some reason made it hard for me to concentrate on the story being told. The writing felt a bit clumsy in those early pages and it took me way too long to get into the story.
When the story started to develop I realised I was really enjoying the plot, but was really struggling with the characters. I simply did not care enough about Mia or any of the other characters. I did not feel the character interactions were quite what I wanted them to be. The secondary characters were not quite interesting enough.
I did enjoy the gladiator trope running throughout and the ending was very strong. I just wished I cared for the characters the way I cared about the plot. It also really missed the wit of the first book, which was much of what I loved so much about it.
Overall, I was just a bit disappointed with this book, but I will definitely be reading Darkdawn in a few months.
4 out of 7 stars