Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date: August 9th, 2016
Series: The Nevernight Chronicle #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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?
Not for younger audiences
NEVERNIGHT features a school for asassins and a revenge plot. I would be disappointed if the voilence was softened to suit a younger audience. Darker, more complex tales targeted at a slightly older audience are much more interesting in my opinion. NEVERNIGHT is bloody and intense. People could die at any time. But this wasn’t the only thing that made it before. NEVERNIGHT also contains some pretty graphic sex scenes… Which is perfectly okay and there’s nothing wrong with that being in YA, but I wasn’t expecting it so when I stumbled across those scenes… hooo boy it was a surprise. They’re pretty thoroughly detailed. No fading to black here.
I wish I had this talent
Jay Kristoff’s writing is amazing. He describes everything so well, so vividly. His characters are unique and interesting. And there are so many hilarious moments, both in character interactions and the narrators little sarcastic. One of the things I really enjoyed about how NEVERNIGHT was written was the inclusion of the footnotes. These footnotes really added to the worldbuilding and were always highly entertaining.
Animal (errrr sort of) companions
Animals companions in books are the best! They’re always so sassy and fun. Lucky for us, Mia has more than one (and with any luck, will collect more in the future). There is Mister Kindly, the… not-cat who is very intriguing and I look forward to finding out more about him. I must say I think I prefer the other companion, Bastard, more though because a) he’s so sassy, and b) HORSE! I really hope Bastard appears in the sequels.
Terrifyingly Twisty Turns
There is a murder mystery in NEVERNIGHT. It hangs around in the background, teasing you for a while. I thought I knew who the culprit was pretty early wrong. I should have known Kristoff wouldn’t have made it that easy. His stories have never been predictable. The culprit reveal took me completely by surprise, I was so shocked. I am still in shock. It was that moment that turned the story on it’s head and it got insane and I just kept getting shocked.
Interesting and unique powers
Mia’s power’s were the second… or maybe the third thing that draw me to NEVERNIGHT (after the fact that it’s about assassins/ a revenge story and it’s written by Jay Kristoff). The Darkin powers possessed by Mia are only the beginning. There are so many interesting and unique types of magic in this world and I’m excited to learn more about all of them. I’m also excited to see how Mia develops her control of shadows and utilises them to perform assassinations in the future.
NEVERNIGHT was everything I could have wanted. A story of assassins that held nothing back, with shocking twists and turns I never predicted, action packed fight scenes that had me on the edge of my seat, and a richly detailed fantasy world like nothing I’ve ever read before. If you’re a fantasy fan and haven’t read anything by Jay Kristoff before you really are missing out on brilliance.