Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Review: Nevernight by Jay KristoffNevernight by Jay Kristoff
Published by St. Martin's Griffin Genres: Fantasy, Dark
Pages: 448
Format: eBook, Paperback
Source: Purchased
Amazon US

Nevernight is the first in an epic new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author, Jay Kristoff.

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, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic ― the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.


Nevernight is far from a romance but nevertheless I felt myself completely romanticizing the fantasy, relentless bloodlust, and intricate characters!  The depth to each and every character was so dimensional I could have fell in love with the book for that single reason alone!
Sentence after sentence felt like a love letter of sorts, one that I never wanted to end. And in a way it hasn’t, this is only book one and two more installments are still to come.  
A little forewarning however, if you do not like dark reads and are squeamish with the occasional throat slashing, this is not for you. But if you do… THEN READ THIS BOOK! I promise you will fall deep into the dark and in love with this story and all things Mia. 
Mia Corvere is a 16 year old assassin who just paid her tithe to be accepted in The Red Church. Basically if there were an Ivy League school for killers without a doubt The Red Church is it.  She is set out on a clear path to become a Blade and a devout killer Blessed under the Mother to kill the men who left her and so many others orphaned.  Sounds simple enough right, you would think, but simple isn’t even an afterthought in this case. 
Newly in a house of killers she is finding that everything is much more than what it seems, and becoming a Blade is more than just about her own revenge. Mia begins questioning how much of herself she is willing to compromise not that she has the highest morals to begin with to be honest (and that’s just a singular reason of why I love her so much gentlefriends).  I have a hard time with heroines at one time or another in any and every book but for what seems like the first time in awhile I loved MIA CORVERE through every damn chapter!  Sure she will have respiratory problems by the time she is 21 from all the smoking she does but hey you can’t win them all.  Summed up I would have to say she is like a mixture of Juno (just not pregnant), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), and of course an essence that is all her own complete with a forever present crudeness.  
I know I said this isn’t a romance and I stand by that but there is an unspoken connection Mia shares with another character and their entanglements make for a hot scandal!  Although, I loved the relationship she had with just about every character where it was friendly or not. 
Alliances are made with deviant intentions, crimes are committed with out right brutality, and at the end of it all everything seems justified in the most unlikely of ways.  And I promise you by the end all you will NEED is the second book! 
Lastly I have to say this book was so well written and thoughtful, the follow through of not only the current happenings but the back story were so sophisticated.  Jay Kristoff made everything so easy to visualize and the foot notes added a flare that I am not used to, but as you can guess, I LOVED IT.  In the mean time till book two is out I plan on binging on this authors back log like my life depends on it!  




About Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR. He is the winner of four Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over thirty countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.

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