Title: Nevernight (#1)
Author: Jay Kristoff
On the Shelf: Fiction> Fantasy
Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.
Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.
The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.
I may have been out of the book blogosphere for a while, but I was not so out of it that I missed noticing Nevernight took the internet and world by storm in 2016/2017. And now that I have read it, I completely understand why.
“Nevernight” follows a young girl, Mia, who has been focusing on getting revenge for the last couple of years after her father was killed when she was a child, for being involved in a political movement of sorts. She has fallen in company with some interesting people through various means after a rough start, and has wound up training to become an assassin. This is the first book in a series so it really is just the introduction to Mia, her life and getting the ball rolling on the story itself, but my word…what a way to start. Make no mistake, this story itself is gorey and holds nothing back- which the author pretty much warns you about from the get go by opening with a graphic sex scene. So if you don’t like gore, or graphic scenes, this book may not be for you…but I would say, push on even if you don’t like those things because this book was fantastic.
I absolutely loved Mia as a character, she is gritty and raw and by no means flawless or perfect. She is very realistic, angry, unapologetic and fierce. I really enjoyed her relationships with the other students around her, and the plot twist at the end…which I did not see coming at all. I loved her shadow Mister Kindly, his sarcasm and dry wit, acting almost as a bit of a conscience to Mia sometimes and balancing her out a bit.
Can I also take a moment to talk about Kristoff’s narrative? He writes in a very similar way to one of my favourite authors, Terry Pratchett. His use of dry wit and sarcasm by using footnotes almost as a way to break the forth wall with the reader is used throughout the books to provide interesting side notes, or just a nice laugh to break the tension every so often, and I really enjoy that style of story telling.
I gave this story four stars initially because there were one or two elements which I didn’t quite enjoy, but overall, I absolutely recommend this book to fantasy fans and I cannot wait to pick up Godsgrave!
You’ll be a rumour…the last thing you’ll ever be in this world, girl, is a hero. But you will be a girl heroes fear.