Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Posted December 18, 2016 by Minx

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Series: The Nevernight Chronicle #1
Genres: Fantasy, young adult
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Pages: 429
ISBN: 1250073022
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The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

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?


Terrific Tuesday post from 08/09/2016

Violence, gore and cruelty! This is a story that you will either love or hate. I am absolutely in the love category! Some people had issues with how the book was composed. Yes, there were some abuses of the English language, specifically metaphors and similes. Purple prose (prose that is too elaborate or ornate) does abound BUT the overall story with the characters are so freaking awesome that the abuses did not ruin it for me.

Another thing that is love or hate about this book is that there are footnotes, which last for the first quarter of the book. The story is narrated in the third person voice and the footnotes are from the narrator’s point of view. They are there as additional information or funny side notes from his side of things. They are informative but also snarky at times. I personally found great humor in these footnotes and was glad for them.

Now you are probably wondering what Nevernight actually means in this book or is it just a cool title? In this world of gods and men the citizens of the Republic lack darkness. Nevernight is the time of day when Itreya’s weather turns slightly cooler and makes it easier to sleep. There is no darkness and the actual day lasts two and a half years. Yeah, I would go mad.

Never flinch. Never fear. Never forget.

The character of Mia Corvere is hell bent on revenge at all costs. She trains for six years just to have a shot at entering the Red Church so that she can be trained to become one of the deadliest assassins that the Red Church has to offer- a Blade. What she did not know is that there are only a few of those positions open and she will have to compete against her fellow trainees to earn a position. She is a strong, confident, and fantastic character.

I honestly enjoyed every character in this book. I love that Naev speaks of herself in third person. Tric was a great character and he was the one true ally of Mia. I wish there had been more development with him. There was also Mr. Kindly who was a shadow that sort of resembled a cat and his job is to eat fear. I enjoyed his addition to this story quite a bit. Honestly I loved the entire cast. They all had great backstories and development.

Understand though that there are no good guys in this book. Every person there serves or wants to serve the Night Goddess who is the Lady of Blessed Murder. They are stone cold killers and must present proof of their kills to even be considered for training. Do not expect princesses, unicorns or even a happy ending. There are explicit sexy times. There is brutality and there is unforgiveness. There is no room for softness in this book. It is an absolute masterpiece. I highly recommend.

About Jay Kristoff

Author Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff is a New York Times and international bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy. He grew up in the second most isolated capital city on earth and fled at his earliest convenience, although he’s been known to trek back for weddings of the particularly nice and funerals of the particularly wealthy. He spent most of his formative years locked in his bedroom with piles of books, or gathered around dimly-lit tables rolling polyhedral dice. Being the holder of an Arts degree, he has no education to speak of.

His LOTUS WAR trilogy was critically acclaimed in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, nominated for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards and won the 2014 Aurealis Award. Jay’s new series, the SciFi thriller THE ILLUMINAE FILES, was co-authored with Amie Kaufman. Book 1, ILLUMINAE, became a New York Times and international bestseller, was named among the Kirkus, Amazon and YALSA Best Books of 2015, became a finalist for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award and won the 2016 Aurealis Award and an ABIA Book of the Year award. ILLUMINAE is currently slated to be published in twenty five countries, and film rights have been acquired by Brad Pitt and Plan B Entertainment.

Jay’s new fantasy series, THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, commenced with book 1, NEVERNIGHT, from St Martins Press/Thomas Dunne Books and Harper Voyager in 2016. Part 2, GODSGRAVE, arrives in Septmber, 2017. A new YA series, LIFEL1K3 has also been acquired by Knopf/Random House Kids, and commences publication in early 2018. A new series with Amie Kaufman, THE ANDROMEDA CYCLE, begins in 2019 with Knopf/Random House Kids. Jay is as surprised about all this as you are. He is represented by Josh Adams at Adams Literary.

Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13,030 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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