by Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Thomas Dunne BooksSummary:
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 was sent Nevernight by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I KNEW I had to get Nevernight from the moment I closed the last page on Illuminae. Illuminae, co-written by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman was my favorite book in 2015, it truly was mind blowing! I previously hadn’t read any books written by Jay and knew this book was for me!
A girl out for vengeance who attends a school for assassins? Count me in!
Nevernight is the story of Mia Corvere who was ripped away from her life and family because of her dad’s treasonous acts. She lost everything and vows to kill the men responsible for destroying her life and murdering her father. She spends her life training in hopes of becoming a Blade (assassin) for the Red Church.
What I loved:
- Mia: Mia is one of those characters that is impossible not to love. She’s fierce but also has a good heart. Which is out of place in her world.
- Talking Cat (that wasn’t a cat)! Any book with a talking cat is a winner for me! YES!
- The Footnotes! I’ve never seen a fictional book with them before. This integration of footnotes was such a wonderful way to expand on the world building. They are great tidbits about the culture, people, weapons, the characters and much more. They were pretty heavy in the beginning and it did make the story a bit choppy, but the book nerd in me was easily won over by them!
- The Backstory. I loved how the book alternated between Mia’s adventure to the Red Church to when she was a little girl and how she got to where she is today. I loved this! I am a huge fan of backstories and honestly believe they make stories great! This was so well done.
- The Red Church: Basically, this felt like Hogwarts with The Hunger Games training center combined (and everyone wanted to be there). A little potions here, a little fighting there, a little killing the weakest links everywhere. I fell in love with all the teachers and the “students” who attended.
- The Characters: All great books have wonderful secondary characters. Nevernight was pouring them out everywhere (and killing some of them along the way 😅).
- Killer Ending (pun intended? Maybe 😉) : Books NEED strong endings for me to love them. If they end weak then even if the rest of the book is genius I will forever be disappointed. Nevernight is one of those books that just gets better and better as it goes along!
- Religious Element: I really enjoyed this aspect of the book! It’s always good to question are you really on the right side?
What I didn’t like:
- Even though I was enjoying it, the first 50 pages of the book are very dense. I found many people online struggled with the beginning and wanted to quit the book. I did feel like it took quite a while for the story to really kick in and I strongly encourage everyone to get to the 100 page mark. To me, that’s where it got really good!
- The very beginning was very confusing. I loved the writing but I felt it started the book off on a weird foot.
There is some debate online with regards to what Nevernight should be categorized as. Is it YA, Adult?
For me, there’s no question, it is 100% Adult Fantasy. Why?
- Graphic violence
- Explicit Sex
I wouldn’t feel comfortable with my kids reading it until they were 18+. I’ve seen lots of opinions online in regards to this book specifically but if you compared the content of Nevernight to ratings for TV or Movies, it’d be rated R or NC-17.
I loved Nevernight! It was a mash of up The Hunger Games and Harry Potter BUT a world completely it’s own! The writing was impeccable with a story and characters to back up the hype! If you want a great fantasy that will leave you desperately wanting more, read Nevernight!
*Side note: I splurged for the red stained signed UK edition! That’s how much I loved it!