Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Published: August 9, 2016 by St. Martin’s Press
Series: The Nevernight Chronicle #1
Rating:★★★★★ (5 Stars)
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?
It took me so long to finish Nevernight, in part because I didn’t like to read it before bed due to the mindset necessary for this marvelously bloody book.
This is 100% an adult book, no matter the age of the main character. There is lots of murder and blood and sex, which contribute to a delicious and addicting story. I am a sucker for a good assassin story, and this book definitely delivers. Mia is a girl driven to violence based on vengeance. She is perfectly vicious with a merciful twist that makes her all the more interesting. One of my other favorite characters was Tric, who I thought was such a strong character with a story that had my heart aching.
I absolutely adored the narrative style. It’s written in third person, as a narrator tells the reader the story in a meandering prose that was absolutely enchanting. The use of footnotes to expand upon the history of the world was so inventive and made me feel as if I was a part of the world. So many areas were fleshed out and explained, with mini stories about famous historical figures and events happening in Godsgrave. I felt that the world in this book was more developed than some series I’ve read because of the mini asides. It was a bit slow during the center with the training descriptions, but the beginning and the end were absolutely marvelous (especially the last 100 pages!). I can’t wait to sink into Godsgrave—hopefully soon even though I have so many other books to read!