Author: Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
Genre: ADULT Fantasy
Publisher: St Martins Press
SYNOPSIS: 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?
How do I even begin a review for a book that is so fantastically smutty and stabby while also being classy? This was my second time reading Nevernight and I have to come out and say it, I enjoyed my reread even more than the initial read! I listened to the audiobook this time around and lets just say the narrator is bloody fantastic.
Let’s start this off by saying Nevernight 1000% an A D U L T book. A lot of people have categorized this on Goodreads as Young Adult so now a lot of people think it’s suitable for younger readers. Then they’re surprised and outraged at the content, but it never should have been labeled as YA to begin with. If you are a teen reader and you feel you can handle the content within, then obviously by all means you do you. But just go in with trepidation that this is a heavy story. Some TW include: assault, death (murder), gore, violence, graphic sex, death of a pet (on page).
Okay lets get to all the good things I love about this book and series! First, Jay freaking Kristoff. What a god. The world is a better place because he has gifted us with his writing and stories. He writes such intricate characters that actually sweep you into the story. He also has the most brilliant stories to tell, I cannot think of a better setting for Nevernight than Itreya and its god damn ever burning three suns. He created such an interesting world unlike any other I’ve read about. On top of that he gave us Mia, the most badass bitch in all the land. This rapier wielding assassin has stolen my heart, even more than Tricky Tric’s 😉
Speaking of Tric.. ahem.. HELLO 😍 I absolutely lived for all of the scenes Mia and Tric shared. The way their bond transformed over time was a sight to behold, I loved so much that they bickered and picked at each other. SO MUCH SASS FROM THOSE TWO. I’m still giggling at some of the things they said to each other. But they were also fiercely loyal to each other and I found I have an incredible respect for that.
The story itself is also incredibly dark. A young girl off to find the Red Church, the most coveted school of assassins in Itreya and her trials along the way to becoming a Blade. I’m all for a good dark story like this one, but even some of Mia’s backstory had me on the verge of tears. Those scenes are so incredibly powerful and they can be felt throughout the entire story. It is also evident how much these events impacted Mia’s life. I often wonder how different her life could have been had things played out differently for her.
Everything about this world was so intricately crafted, I will forever be in awe of Mr Jay Kristoff and that brain of his. I salute you sir. Thank you for the ride of my life.