5 Things About Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

September 15, 2016 Review 28 ★★★★★

5 Things About Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
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Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Source: Purchased
Pages: 429
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?
This book may be unsuitable for younger readers due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. Note that this review itself does not contain any inappropriate material.


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. 

Rating Report
Overall: 4.9

28 Responses to “5 Things About Nevernight by Jay Kristoff”

    • Bec

      Thanks! It’s so good, I hope you get to read it soon.

      As for whether it’s YA or not, that really depends on how one classifies YA. The MC is 16 so I’m more inclined to categorise it mature/ older YA. Jay Kristoff does enjoy writing books that blur the YA/NA/Adult boundary though (and those books are the best books)

  1. Ellen

    I’ve seen a lot of interest in this book but your review has definitely made me want to read it so thank you! I’ll be adding it to the top of my list of books to buy :)

  2. Helena Reads

    Ah, damn it! I keep seeing this one, EVERYWHERE!!! I definitely need to get it soon. I’m very intrigued, I’ve seen some awesome reviews including yours. Thanks xoxo

    • Bec

      Just doing my bookworm duty. Jay Kristoff is a brilliant writer. I’m going to be following his crazy stories forever.


    • Bec

      I bet you’re having so many regrets haha! I hope you can get it soon. It’s so good. I’m sure you’ll love it :D

    • Bec

      They’re not the most graphic sex scenes/ death scenes I’ve read, but they’re not the softest either. Not much is filtered. If you do decide to give it a go I hope you enjoy it :)

  3. Sara L.

    I’ve been a bit hesitant to try Nevernight, since it sounds like it’s pretty much grimdark fantasy (and I REALLY have to be in the mood for grimdark to like it). But I finally read Stormdancer a couple weeks ago, so I’m really interested in reading more of Jay Kristoff’s work… so… maybe?
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    • Bec

      This is a lot darker than Stormdancer, I must say. So I recommend waiting for the right mood before checking it out. However you MUST check it out sometime because Jay Kristoff is a genius.

  4. Tamsien (Babbling Books)

    Love the review, very entertaining. However, I don’t think this is YA. It is appearing in the adult sections of all the bookstore I have seen, and the tags on Goodreads are User generated, and most of the YA ones appeared before the book had been released – I think many of his fans assumed that since Illuminae was YA this would be too. That said the distinction is a matter of taste really.

    Jay’s FAQs say this:
    “THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE is a different beast. The protagonist is a sixteen year old girl. Does that automatically make it YA? My editors say “Definitely not, and who the hell let you out of your cage? Get back to work”.

    These books are about an assassin. They are, as you may expect, somewhat violent as a result. They also have sex scenes (and now I have to contemplate the fact that my mother is going to read them *shudders*). I’d rate them MA (or NA if you prefer) and describe them as “crossover books”. But they’ll be found in the adult Fantasy section of your bookstore.”

    • Bec


      Whether or not you classify this as YA is a matter of personal opinion, as you said. In my experience, Jay Kristoff’s solo books blur the genre lines between YA and adult a lot. The main characters are 16, which is why I put it as YA, and then I specify upper YA/ NA because of the violence and such. And I don’t personally see any reason why YA can’t have graphic sex and violence, especially in a fantasy book about assassins.

    • Bec

      It’s a bit of a crossover of genres. Jay Kristoff likes blurring the YA/ Adult genre lines.

      I hope you get to read it eventually :D

  5. Di @ Book Reviews by Di

    I have read so many conflicting reviews about this one! But this has made me want to read it even more. I guess it really is just one of those books that you have to try for yourself and hope that you enjoy it. From this review it really does sound like something that I would enjoy so I’m going to move it up the TBR.
    Di @ Book Reviews by Di recently posted…Review: Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

    • Bec

      We must follow some very different people because I’ve only seen glowing reviews haha. That said I didn’t search for many reviews because I’ve been planning to read this since it was announced.

      I hope you get to read it soon! And hopefully enjoy it.

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