Book Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Too many books. Too few centuries

I loved The Illuminae Files a lot and I wanted to explore Jay’s writing separate from Amie. It is super good. Only some of the explanations were lacking a bit.

Book Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


Title & Author: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Genre: Fantasy, Thriller
Release date: August 9 2016
Series: The Nevernight Chronicle
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press


In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

I give Nevernight by Jay Kristoff four out of five hearts because it is very good but some of the explanations were a bit lacking or just not there.

Mia Corvere is an interesting heroine, her father was executed for treason. Her mother forces her to watch the execution and tells her to never flinch, fear and forget. She is out for vengeance for an attempted murder and does so by joining The Red Church, a school for assassins. She acts like she is less than she is and training in private with someone else to make her classmates underestimate her in the end. Mia can control the shadows and darkness around her, but she is also affected by it, just less than others. She has a shadow daemon that drinks her fear, which was a little confusiong, but it was fine. It sounds like a really interesting magic system and wants me to read more about it.

There were two intermingling time pieces. The pieces were Mia is at The Red Church and training and other pieces where she is maybe already done with school and she goes to rescue her mother and brother. But I didn’t understand at first it wasn’t Mia and when those pieces are set in time. Only by the end I figure out it was Mia and it happens sometime after her time at The Red Church. It was very confusing.

Nevernight overall is a brutal story. With blood magic, dark rituals, death and sex. It is really cool and made me want to read Godsgrave as fast as possible. The story is fast paced even though the intermingling timelines are a bit jarring sometimes.

One warning if you are going to read Nevernight. Don’t get too attached to the characters, they might die at any point in time. I loved the idea and got attached to one of the dead ones. Oops.

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For now, let books enrich your life!


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