Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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I had this book in my Kindle for months, and my thought when I finally cracked it open was: Why did I just start this now?

But better late than never.

NEVERNIGHT is a compelling, surprisingly delightful novel about assassins (is there an oxymoron there somewhere?). The author painted a sympathetic picture of the heroine, who though she trained to be an assassin to avenge her family, never quite lost her humanity.

The worldbuilding is superb, the story intricately plotted–the twist at the end totally took me by surprise. Love it!! The footnotes are a nice touch; they added history and depth to the world. And humor/comic relief, though Mister Kindly had that job, too. Or…could it be…that he’s the narrator?

While the heroine is 16 years old in the story, I believe this story cannot be classified as YA due to certain themes and the rather explicit description of sex and violence. The book is rather long, but I never lost interest: instead I find myself willing to lose sleep just to read a little more. And I squeed when I saw that the sequel, Godsgrave, is even longer. Yay, can’t wait!

Rating: 5 stars

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Summary:

Nevernight is the first in an epic new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author, Jay Kristoff.

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, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic ― the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.

Revenge.

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