Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
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.
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
I loved this book, as I always love Jay Kristoff’s books. It had a slow start and I only really started getting into it around page 70 and I’m still a bit confused about some parts of the world-building and history of this fantasy world (see my opinion on the footnotes below) which is why I’m rating it a 4 instead of a 5.
The main character Mia Corvere lives solely for avenging her familia. Her father was a man in a high position and he was condemned for leading a rebellion (I think it might be a set up though there’s no evidence of that yet!) so he was executed in front of Mia and later her mother and baby brother were taken to prison – and on top of that they tried to drown her But she survived (and they’ll regret that immensely). That is the distinct feeling I get from Mia -she is a survivor. She adapts to her environment and makes do. But she is very clever, fearless and courageous even when the shadows aren’t drinking her fear, a bit ill-mannered at times, kind even, and her sense of humor is not that bad for someone who’s lead the kind of life she has.
This book was a bit new to me in the sense that I rarely read anything to do with assassins. (Except Caelena Sardothien from Throne of Glass). Every single character in this book was a murderer – and yet I found a lot of them oddly humane. Like Mia, for example. In the last part of the book she is often told that does not belong there with those people, that she is too kind. Because she cares for her friends, for people she’s competing with. But I think it’s exactly that kindness that makes her a great character and also a great assassin – (especially when the kindness turns to blinding rage which makes her power stronger).
Jay Kristoff’s writing always blows me away. The wonderfully detailed descriptions and the way his characters are just sooo real (not just personality-wide but in the way they think and speak) – and in these aspects, Nevernight was spectacular. The only thing I didn’t quite like as much about this book were the footnotes. Although very funny and informative in the beginning and in the middle of the book, in the end and in the action parts they were a bit annoying and mood-killers. Also, at times they were a bit confusing and looong so I think that sort of info dump was a bit unnecessary as well.
In overall, it was a book I enjoyed very much but I don’t recommend it to everyone as there is quite a lot of blood and murdering in general, and some sex. Plus – lots of cussing! But if you don’t mind those things, then give it a go mate you’ll definitely love it.