Hello everybody! It’s been long since I’ve last done a book review so today I’m finally back with my spoiler free review of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. This is Jay Kristoff’s newest fantasy novel and it’s actually also the first novel of his that I read. It was probably one of the best novels I’ve read in 2016 and I can’t wait to share my thoughts in this post 🙂 Happy reading!
Release Date : 9 August 2016
Published By : Thomas Dunne Books ( US Cover ), HarperVoyager ( UK Cover )
Genres : Fantasy
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?
My Rating : ♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥
Buy it here :
Book Depository → ( US Edition ) : http://www.bookdepository.com/Nevernight-Jay-Kristoff/9781250073020?ref=grid-view
→ ( UK Edition ) : http://www.bookdepository.com/Nevernight-Jay-Kristoff/9780008180003?ref=grid-view
Amazon → ( US Edition ) : https://www.amazon.com/Nevernight-Jay-Kristoff/dp/1250073022/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1473244131&sr=1-1&keywords=nevernight
“Never Flinch.’ A cold whisper in her ear. ‘Never fear. And never, ever forget.’
Nevernight basically follows our main protagonist named Mia who’s trying to seek revenge for her father who was murdered as well as her brother and mother. This book is actually very very dark, in a way where it actually breaks your heart and leaves you feeling unsettled. It also includes coarse language and quite a fair bit of violence, just to let you guys know! The overall plot of the book was really well written and it was very action-packed. The pacing was alright but I did have problems getting into the book in the beginning as it was pretty slow and it just didn’t grab my attention till 150 pages or so. Also, there were footnotes below quite a number of pages of the book just giving extra details about certain scenes and it definitely took awhile to get used to. Once the book started to pick up, it was CRAZY. There were so many twists happening and it was so intense, and I was so scared to see how the story was going to end. There were so many things I didn’t see coming and it was a rollercoaster read.
The novel mostly took place in the Red Church, which is the school that Mia attends to receive training to become an assassin and I really liked this setting! It’s a very different kind of school and the trainers are pretty brutal to their students, but we did meet some very interesting side characters and we also got to see how Mia’s skills improve during her training. Honestly, I don’t ever want to attend that school because I would probably die after a day there, but it’s the perfect setting for this dark novel.
“The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us. I can see it in you, sure as I see it in me. You’re a daughter of the words. A girl with a story to tell.”
Speaking of Mia, I became obsessed with her character since the first chapter 🙂 She is so kickass and amazing, and she’s a very strong character. She also just speaks her mind, which sometimes gets her into trouble. She’s someone that makes decisions on her own and doesn’t let anyone take control of her. The story moved back and forth from present day to Mia’s childhood and those flashbacks from her childhood just broke my heart because she really didn’t deserve what she went through. Even though she made some choices in the past that she regretted, it didn’t stop her from moving forward and becoming who she is today and that is a trait I really admire about her. The character development Mia goes through is just amazing and I’m excited to see more of it in the next book.
The last thing I’m going to talk about is the relationship between Mia and Tric, who is another character that we meet at the start of the novel. I’m honestly not sure how I felt about the romance between them, it was kind of weird. I knew that they were probably going to fall in love but I just wasn’t attached to their relationship when reading the novel. There were quite a few steamy scenes between them which reminded me of reading ACOMAF but yes, not the biggest fan of the romance.
Overall, if you like dark twisted novels with assassins, a kick ass female protagonist and a dark boarding school setting then what are you waiting for? Go support Jay Kristoff and pick up a copy of Nevernight! Both the US and UK editions have such stunning covers, it’s definitely going to be a hard decision. Do let me know in the comments your thoughts about Nevernight if you’ve read it or if you’re planning to read it soon. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you in my next post, bye! 🙂