Book Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


Title: Nevernight by  Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: 25th July 2016
Genre: Fantasy

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?


Firstly, I want to point out how much I love this particular cover of the book. The images match exactly what you will find written on Nevernight’s pages. It’s the same as the one sitting on my beside table.

Nevernight wasn’t at all what I was expecting. The narrator’s viewpoint was a little disorienting for me at first, but by the end I barely noticed it. The comparison between two different scenario’s Jay Kristoff used in the first chapter intrigued and sucked me into Mia’s story. I was invested in her as a main character and wanted her to succeed. I loved that while she was a killer, she had a heart.

The plot was intricate, with the Mia’s original goals leading her to the Red Church, a place where she could hone her murderous skills. The mysteries and challenges she faced kept me turning the pages. I suspected things weren’t all as they seem with some of the other ‘acolytes’, but I couldn’t guess the twist nearer the end. I don’t really want to say more than that because I don’t like giving away spoilers.

The only slight niggle I had with the reading was the additional footnotes. When they were short I read most of them, but if they moved onto a second page I mostly skimmed. This may just be because I’m impatient and it felt a little like having an ad break in the main story at times. Now that I have finished, I will most likely go back and read it again more slowly and to absorb all the footnotes properly.

I wish I had picked Nevernight up sooner. It was an enjoyable read. While this is listed YA, and the majority of the characters are young, the themes are definitely mature. I recommend it to lovers of fantasy who don’t mind a bit of bloodshed.

Nevernight is the first novel of the Nevernight Chronicles trilogy. The second Book, Godsgrave, was released earlier this month and I managed to snag the last copy of it from my local Dymocks yesterday. Guess what I’m reading this weekend 😉


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