Author: Jay Kristoff
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: August 1, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Where I received the book: I received a review copy of this book from Harper Collins.
Summary: 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?
warning: this book includes some graphic violence, language and sex.
**dec 21, edit: it has recently come to my attention that nevernight includes harmful representations of maori people. the dweymeri have a lot of similarities to maori, and even goes as far to belittle the ta moka and describe this maori inspired race as “savages”. this is further made worse by the author’s tweets regarding the matter. i have lost any and all respect for jay kristoff and will not be reading another book by him. both he and the book are problematic. for more clarification and specific examples on the matter, please read this blog post. yes i still enjoyed the book, but i refuse to support this author any further. please take this into consideration when/if you decide to read nevernight.
i originally rated this book 4 stars, but have since lowered it due to the problematic representation.**
I started reading this book a few months ago, but due to a reading slump, i stopped. from what i’ve heard from friends/other bloggers, this book is very slow and hard to get into in the beginning, so it’s not just my slump that made it hard to get through. this book picks up around half way through. the footnotes made my reading experience really difficult, and i eventually stopped reading them.
there’s a lot of alternation between the present and the past. i didn’t realise this at first, and spent quite a lot of time reading passages that i didn’t understand. i wasn’t sure if they were flashbacks or dreams or what. once i figured it out, i found it quite interesting as it provided some good backstory.
one of my favourite things about this book is the plot twists. there were quite a few towards the end. they were so well written and i didn’t suspect any (except one, which i didn’t expect to come true, only because i don’t trust a lot of people/characters). honestly, this book was so well thought out and planned.
i really loved the way the characters were written. there were some amazing character arcs and development of relationships. mia is such a badass protagonist, and she’s extremely sassy (in a good way). aelin who? not to mention, we get to see her working hard and training to get to where she wants rather than her being good at everything.
tric was well written, but i just didn’t connect to him. i liked when we were given a little bit of his back story, because it made me feel a little sad for his situation, but overall i didn’t care at all for him. there’s also the “somewhat romance” (i’m not too sure what else to call it). i felt it very unnecessary to the plot and it came off as really awkward and forced. i didn’t see much in the way of romance between the characters. i can understand the sex, as it’s a normal thing for teenagers to want. friends with benefits? but i didn’t see any “i love you” in the relationship.
overall the book was very well written and had me waiting to know what’s going to happen next right up till the last page. i don’t think this book is for young readers, and probably shouldn’t be considered young adult due to the graphic sex and violence. definitely older teens would be fine, but not someone who’s 12 or 13.