Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) | Jay Kristoff


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, July 2016, Harper Voyager, RRP$29.99 AUD

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.

I am so thankful to have received an advanced reader’s copy from the publisher for review. This is seriously the most exciting review book I have received TO DATE.

Setting. OMG. Did you know that Jay Kristoff actually got an astrophysicist to design the solar system for this fantasy world? Also, Venice. And Sand Krakens. This world is so vast and complex and even though parts of it are inspired by the real world, it is very much its own fantastical place. I only have the ARC which doesn’t contain extra material but apparently in the finished copies there is not one but two maps. TWO. There is also a really rich history to this world that you get a little taste of in Nevernight but I’m sure there will be plenty more in the sequels.

Yes, this is set to be a trilogy.

Characters. Did someone say EMPOWERING FEMALE CHARACTER? Yes, yes they did. And not just one, but a whole school of would-be assassins who may or may not already be lethal killers… Mia is such a strong character who still has realistic flaws. Even though this is mostly a plot-driven novel, Mia goes through some extensive character development and her life is fleshed out with flashbacks. There is a wonderfully diverse host of side and minor characters including, but not limited to teen (and not so young adult) heartthrob Tric. But as beautiful as this boy is, my favourite character would definitely have to be Mister Kindly, the not-cat bringing some comic relief and cheeky banter. Plus, I just love cats (even if he’s not a cat).

Plot. This book is gory and crude and there are also a few steamy scenes so I would definitely say this book is for older readers. Nevernight is SUPER action packed (which is very obvious, Elle, since it’s a book about an assassin school…). I really enjoyed the duelling scenes and there were some of the best I’ve read—which is a few because assassins are sexy. Some parts did drag on a little for me but overall I feel like the book flowed really well. The twists and turns make Nevernight an epic roller-coaster ride and that ending. Although I was expecting SOMETHING to happen (because that’s just how books are structured) I was still reeling as I closed the book.

Writing. I must say that I had a little trouble getting into Nevernight at first. It’s written in third person point of view which I personally find makes it harder to relate to the protagonist. Also, there are these footnotes from the omniscient narrator which were often long and rather frequent at the beginning of the book which interrupted the main story a little (although they gave some great background and history to the world and the characters). I think this is why there are a few one-star reviews and DNFs on Goodreads.

Please don’t DNF; it gets awesome, I promise.

This is one of my top reads so far and—super cliché but—I can’t wait for the sequel!

5/5 stars

Recommended to: fantasy fanatics and those in search of the empowering female protagonist.

Please Note: all opinions are mine and are not endorsed with any company or organization. 


6 thoughts on “Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) | Jay Kristoff

  1. I absolutely adored Nevernight and there are 3 maps, oh gosh I was so excited to pour over the maps once I got my hands on the finished copy :D!
    Great review! Mia is such a fantastic character I really enjoyed her humor and the banter with Mister Kindly was everything! The ending broke and made me, I can’t wait for the next book, this is easily one of my favorites of the year.

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