Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff
Published August 09, 2016 by Harper Voyager
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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I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf since just after it was first released. I honestly was a bit skeptical about it and only bought it because I found a signed copy for a great price (it’s a problem, I know). After it was then muuuuuch later recommended to me by a few trustworthy sources (my boyfriend being one of them), I decided to finally pick it up. And, well, basically I don’t know if I can trust those sources anymore. (I’m kidding, it wasn’t actually that bad.)
To put it simply, this book wasn’t exactly for me. Or perhaps I should say it almost was. Whilst I haven’t read a whole lot of high fantasy in my reading lifetime, whatever relationship we have has always been a bit rocky. Usually I either can’t wrap my head around the politics that govern the world, or – like in Nevernight‘s case – they’re just too damn descriptive.
Jay Kristoff has a real knack for world-building, I’ll give him that. The world in which Nevernight is set is so incredibly intricate and it completely blows my mind (I MEAN HOW DOES HE DO IT????). Buuuuut in the end, it was this heavily detailed world that ruined it for me. Read More »