I never planned on reading this book immediately after finishing Godsgrave but I just couldn’t imagine not picking it up after that cliffhanger in book 2. And I’m quite happy that I didn’t keep it for later. There will probably be spoilers for Nevernight and Godsgrave in the review below, so please keep a note of that.
The writing this time around was fairly easy to read and I flew through this book even though it’s huge. The pacing dragged a bit in places, especially when newer characters were introduced, and I didn’t know why we had to read about them – but the author did a nice job bringing everything full circle towards the end and that’s what really satisfied me. And I really enjoyed the world building in this book because we finally get all the answers we have been waiting for since the beginning. However, I also thought many of the revelations happened very early on in the book, and this reduced the suspense a bit. And while I have been thoroughly entertained and thrilled and blown away by the previous installments, I ended up crying a lot at a few moments in this one. And I don’t expect anything less from a finale, so definitely thank you to the author for that.
There are some very spectacular action sequences, especially with Mia using the full scope of her powers and I really enjoyed visualizing them. Kristoff also definitely seems to be in competition with GRRM in how many characters he can kill and whenever I thought something good was happening, someone would die. This surely helped in the main characters’ development but I’m not someone who’s fond of so many deaths in fantasy novels. Some might say it’s unrealistic, but I like my books to end up happy. However, I did expect a very different kind of ending and I’m still not sure how I feel about what actually happened.
Mia is still full of vengeance and rage, but there has been a considerable transformation in her since the beginning and I love it. She gets very introspective in this book, questioning how different she is from her father, is she justified in killing so many people, and is it fair asking her friends (or her familia as she calls them) to fight and sacrifice for her sake.
Jonnen is also the highlight of this book – from hating the assassin who killed his father to coming to love his long lost sister is wonderfully written. It is fraught with a lot of frustrations in between, but he is still a little boy and his reactions felt so realistic. And while I’ve always loved Mia’s compassionate side, it was a revelation seeing how much love she had for her brother.
I only started warming up to Ash towards the end of Godsgrave, but she turned a bit whiny and insecure in this one which made me not like her again. I could see where she was coming from but I still didn’t like it, and it took me a while to realize she just loves Mia too much and doesn’t want to lose her and her reactions are just a defense mechanism. Tric was another favorite addition to the story, and it was mostly his scenes that made me emotional. I’m still salty about what the author did to him even though he’s got a beautiful character arc. We also get to see more of the bond that Mia shares with Mercurio and her other gladiatii friends and it felt nice to see Mia love and trust so many people in her life.
Finally, I have really have enjoyed my journey through this trilogy and getting to know one of my favorite assassins Mia. While Nevernight will always remain my favorite book of the trilogy, I thought this was a very good ending but I have a feeling it might be a little polarizing. However, if you’ve read either one or two of the previous books, what are you waiting for – pick this up immediately to know what happens to our beloved characters. And if you wanna read a new series with badass assassins hell bent on vengeance, you can always start from the beginning. You will not be disappointed.