*Book Review* Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
*WARNING: this review contains some swearing and potential spoilers*
Credit to Bibliomantics for the cover image.
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 tells the story of Mia Corvere, the child of a disgraced – and executed – politician. Mia is taken in by an old assassin who recognises her ability to talk to the shadows and who teaches her to survive, and to kill. Mia’s journey takes her to the Red Church, a place where the world’s deadliest assassins call home. She joins a class of young killers, each as deadly as she is, if not more. It’s here that Mia’s journey really begins, and what a journey it is.
I started reading Nevernight after seeing it constantly pop up on my ‘recommended reads’ (thanks, Amazon) and I’m glad i decided to take the plunge and buy it because it’s awesome.
My favourite thing about Nevernight is the characters; they’re diverse, deadly, and damn-fucking-cold. As a reader I could see the effort that was put into Mia’s fellow ‘class mates’ and their backgrounds, they are all intriguing and I never got the feeling that a character was introduced purely as collateral damage, when someone dies, you feel it. The ‘Teachers’ are also great, they’re master assassins with a long list of kills to their names and they take no prisoners with their students. Here’s a forewarning…It gets brutal.
I also loved the fantastical elements of the book, particularly the unique mode of transport that the class of assassins are introduced to, it’s gross but it’s awesome. And then there’s Mia’s abilities; she can speak to the shadows. This is used well by the author who doesn’t have Mia relying on her ability every time she gets into trouble, similarly he shows the vulnerability of Mia and her abilities; she’s flawed and she’s naive, it’s how it should be. I don’t want to read about an all-powerful teenager that always kicks ass, they need to take a few licks, you know?!
And now we get to the ‘World’ created by the author. ‘Nevernight’ is is named so because there are three suns that rarely set, creating a world of constant daylight. I like that the majority of the darkness in this world is within the characters themselves, quite poetic.
So, the question is, did I like Nevernight? The answer is…I’m already halfway through Godsgrave (Book Two) that’s how much I liked it. It’s brutal, bloody, and devastating, but it’s also fucking cool. Some of the twists and turns, and betrayals, are laid out beautifully, and, like the young assassins, you don’t see them coming.
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