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?
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff is indeed an impressive book. Definitely hitting one of my top 5 reads of 2016. Everything about the book was just pure awesomeness. The characters were totally badass and though the plot was slow at the beginning, towards the end everything went way crazy (in a good way). Though I do want to make note that I wouldn’t say Nevernight is a YA book. Though the characters are teenagers, the sex scenes in the novel are definitely not YA and put the book more in the New Adult age bracket.
Mia Corvere is unlike any other character I have ever read about. She is ruthless, a character with a past that is heartbreaking, yet she still stands strong. Throughout the story, Kristoff tells Mia’s history, how one event led to another tracing all the way into the current story. Kristoff’s characterization is amazing and he did a stunning job is creating such a well rounded and interesting character. There were many characters within Nevernight and each of them clearly had their place. Though there were a handful of characters, I really appreciated the fact that all of these characters were somewhat rounded even though they weren’t the stars of the show. They weren’t just there to be there.
The plot of Nevernight is one of the things that knocked down my rating just a little bit. The plot was spectacular, no doubt. But like I said before, the first 100 pages lacked a plot interesting enough to keep many readers interested in the story. Though the first 100 pages of Nevernight were lacking in pacing, the next 3/4 of the story made up for it. The ending was beyond intense and was just so impressive. I was completely blind as to what could possibly happen at the end and Kristoff did an amazing job tying up the end of book one. Not only that, but he also left many questions to be answered in book 2.
The writing was phenomenal. Kristoff is clearly an artist with words and it really shows in Nevernight. I must say, though the writing was phenomenal, Nevernight was anything but an easy read. The story was incredibly dense and you definitely need to read slowly and soak in every word to understand what is happening.Though the writing was phenomenal, I do also want to add in how annoyed I was with the footnotes! ARGH. Throughout the novel, there are footnotes which I found to be super irritating and took away my attention to what was currently happening.
I also want to point out the sex scenes again. Kristoff did a really great job writing them but the sex scenes definitely create more a New Adult story. Personally, I think sex in YA is something very important as teenagers do have sex, but in Nevernight the scenes were pretty explicit making the real difference between YA and NA.
Overall, Nevernight by Jay Kristoff was amazing. Though the book is more advanced and incredibly dense, the story was an amazing story and I definitely look forward to the next one.
Have you read Nevernight yet? If you haven’t, are you excited? Tell me down below in the comments and thank you so much for reading!