Book Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

NevernightNevernight by Jay Kristoff

Published by Thomas Dunne Books on August 9, 2016

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 448 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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’ll start by saying that there is no possible way my review could do this book justice. Jay Kristoff has crafted such a brilliant, torturous, and satisfying tale in Nevernight and my words will just fail to compare. Before release the hype was intense, causing slight worry in my mind. Never fear though, it was absolutely deserved! Honestly I could talk at length about every little intricacy this story provided. Instead I’ll dig into my three favorite parts.

Pale Daughter

When it comes to magnificent main characters, Mia Corvere is as brilliant as they come. She’s sarcastic and brash, frightfully talented in the ways of murder. One moment she’ll slip a blade through someone’s eye, the next she’ll prevent a poisoning. Mia is fueled by revenge, wanting to right the wrongs done to her family, but she has a lot to learn. That doesn’t slow this persistent, stubborn girl down though. Plus she’s Darkin and can control the shadows. I absolutely love her!

Aa & Niah

From the Ribs of Godsgrave to the Sky Altar of the Red Church, Nevernight holds such intriguing history, religion, and mythos at every turn. Three suns rest in the sky, and True Dark is a rarity. The God of Light, Aa, reigns supreme in the Republic of Itreya. His wife Niah, Lady of Blessed Murder, his opposite, poised in the darkness. The juxtaposition is fantastic. I especially loved the Italian inspiration, from Roman politics to Venetian settings. Plus I’m a sucker for footnotes, which were both informative and hilarious.

Stab Stab Stab

Well that Twitter hashtag certainly hit the nail on the head. Often when books feature assassins their actions don’t live up to the name, but this is entirely not the case with Nevernight. Brutal, violent, vicious, bloody. Whether it’s a lesson in the Hall of Songs or a jaunt into Godsgrave, this story is dripping with gore. There’s plenty of shock and awe too. None of it is overwhelming though, everything being perfectly woven into this emotional story. It’s beautiful in it’s own way.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff destroyed my soul in all the best ways. Mia’s journey started as revenge but became so much more and every step along the way was fleshed out perfectly. This story truly captured my heart and left it bruised and bloody. Honestly I’d recommend this to everyone even with it’s intensity. It’s just that good! I’ll be thinking on it until I have the next one in my hand, and probably long after that.

So are you ready to pick up Nevernight? Who else has read and adored it like I have? What was your favorite part of this one? Can you even choose? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!


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