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Book Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, The Nevernight Chronicle #1

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

★★★★★


I'd heard a lot of hype about this series, and have had Nevernight sitting on my shelf since the summer. Lately, I've found some of the highly rated books I've read a little disappointing, so I began reading this with a bit of scepticism in mind, but how wrong was I!


First of all, I love a smart mouthed, badass female lead, and Mia ticked all the boxes for me. The dual timeline was a great way to keep the reader engaged throughout, as slowly the past and the present's timelines catch up to one another and you finally figure out what's going on. I know it's not the first time it's been done, but I've always found it a great format to read in.


Of course, my favourite thing about this book, aside from the fantastic storyline, has to be the foot notes. Some of them had me cracking up throughout the book, and I loved the sarcasm. Earlier this year I read The Aurora Cycle 1 & 2, so have already had a flavour of Mr Kristoff's writing style, and he's definitely my kind of author.


I will admit it took a little time to get going, but by the time Mia and Tric had arrived at the Red Church I was hooked. The pace just kept picking up from there, and through the twist at the end I was powering through! The story ended on a great point to pick up from for book 2, and I'm excited to see what Godsgrave has in store!


I'd love to hear what everyone else thought of this book/series so please let me know in the comments!

Read this book's summary below:


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?

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