Nevernight – Book Review

Title – Nevernight

Author – Jay Kristoff

My Rating – ★★★.25

Genre – High Fantasy (Adult)


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?

First Thoughts ✨

This book was so interesting when it started. I loved jumping into some gritty Adult fiction after being in the world of YA for so long. It starts of very game of thrones-y if that makes any sense. It’s brutal and descriptive and a bit gross, I loved that though! I always miss the goriness in when it’s not there! The start of this book was definitely my favorite. I loved exploring the world (which was brilliantly, by Jay Kristoff.), and learning about the different creatures and even magics in this universe.

Story 📚

I read this via audiobook, so the story was greatly enhanced by the amazing Narrator. (Holter Graham) I also found the footnotes quite interesting and I think the narrator did a great job of integrating them into the story with no hassle. Overall, the plot itself wasn’t super original, girl goes to assassin school to learn to kill evil bad guys, but Kristoff’s little details made it really enjoyable.

Characters 👪

Mia: Ah, Mia! The protagonist of this novel was really great. She was sassy and witty. I loved her I don’t give an F attitude and her companion Mr Kindly had me laughing at many inappropriate moments. I think Mia was the best choice to lead these books, and I think Mr Kindly accentuated her really well.

Tric: Tric was so great. He completed Mia’s brashness and her tone really well. He just seemed like he wasn’t supposed to be there! He deserved better. He seemed far kinder and ‘good – er’ then everyone else.

Ash: Other super witty and interesting character. Ash was my favorite as she was what I wanted Mia to be. I thought Mia too rude, or rash in situations – while Ash was the same evil level but just felt more composed.

Last Thoughts 💭

The ending dropped this book down a whole star, which was quite disappointing. There was a major plot twist, but the ending itself was quite anti-climatic and it felt to predictable.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ .25

Find it on: Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), Book Depository and Goodreads.

Thanks for reading – Nick.

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