I finally picked up and read ‘Nevernight’ by Jay Kristoff. I must admit, I had read a couple pages and thought that the book was not for me. However, I hate not finishing a book unless it is really hard to read and enjoy, and I am so happy I persevered as I ended up really liking both the story and the characters Kristoff creates.
Author: Jay Kristoff
Date published: August 9th 2016
Page Count: 434
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 the 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 loves her. And they drink her fear.
The first few pages of this book was hard to read. Kristoff’s writing style in this book certainly takes some getting used to and the differing point of views and flashbacks was initially confusing and I was wondering what exactly I was reading.
However, this book and the characters really came into its own. The writing style and language is, and I don’t have any other words at hand, beautiful and the story is written and crafted wonderfully. But, how could a story about an assassins school/cult that pits the students against each other with a main character who is badass, can control shadows and has a mysterious ethereal cat ever be bad. ‘Nevernight’ focuses on Mia Corvere and her journey as she enters into the Red Church to become a blade, one of the most feared and respected assassins in Itreya.
Sometimes books can loose the essence of their story, caught up in the characters or the writing, but ‘Nevernight’ throughout has a such an interesting and sound story. We see all of the characters develop and Mia form friendships, and rivalries, with the other students of the church. The betrayal and reveal that came as the story reached its climax was perfectly set up and I honestly did not see it coming, but once it did all the pieces fell into place. The action scenes were perfectly written and never did I get bored even once throughout the book.
The inclusion of the flashbacks throughout, giving us insights into Mias upbringing, really added to us understanding her character and I liked how each of the flashbacks slowly built up to a major character event and kept me handing throughout the book, waiting to see what would be revealed. A special mention must be given to the footnotes that were included, adding some more detail to the lore and background of the world the story is set in as well as some light hearted moments and jokes. One of my personal favourite comments:
“And last, the language of cats. O, yes, cats speak, gentle friend, doubt it not-if you own more than one and can’t see them at this particular moment, chances are they’re off n a corner somewhere lamenting the fact that their owner seems to spend all their time reading silly books rather than playing them the attention they so richly deserve.”
An amazing book and the writing style initially made it challenging to read, but suits the story perfectly and I was hanging on to every page to find out what happens to Mia. It reminded me a bit of ‘Thrones of Glass’ and ‘Alanna: The First Adventure’ which both feature strong female characters trying to best others to prove they are worthy and the best at their respective ‘professions’ (I am counting professional assassin as a profession.) Thank goodness I only have to wait until September for the second book in the series to be released.