Author: Jay Kristoff
Published: August 11th 2016
Publisher: Harper Voyager UK
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Length: 643 pages
Source: Paperback from the Publisher
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
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 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 love her. And they drink her fear.
Let me just start this review off by saying categorically that this is perhaps my most favourite book of all time and so this may be a very gushy and long review. I love this book so much that I will have in my possession four copies of it by the time it is officially released. I just love it that damn much!
I’d also like to preface this with saying I read the book in July and it’s taken me a few weeks to digest and reflect and think up the words to even describe the experience that is Nevernight.
Mia Corvere has had to deal with a lot by the age of ten. She watched her father die and lost her family, and then to top it all of someone tried to get her out of the way too. Being the plucky young girl that she is, she fought her way out and found her way to her mentor. After training for years in the art of all things deadly, she makes her journey to the Red Church, where she hopes to hone her skills and graduate so she can exact her revenge on the men who ruined her life.
I’m not sure where to really start with this book. The voice from the first page is amazing. It pulls you into the story and you’re instantly in another world – albeit one that is so much more openly gruesome than our own. It’s not for the faint-hearted this book. It’s kind of like a George R.R. Martin story where he makes you love people and then takes great pleasure in making them suffer in many horrible ways.
It’s hard to describe this book without giving away too much, but I’m going to give it my best shot. Mia travels to the Red Church – the infamous school for budding assassins – hell-bent on getting her revenge on the men who ruined her life. Slowly, as she continues her studies, makes friends (and enemies), and builds her skills, we are given snippets of her life as it led up to her being at the school.
With her shadow companion, Mia has an edge over most, but that still doesn’t stop her from being tested to the extreme. More than once this book made me cringe, flinch, hide behind my hand, cry out, and just plain gasp. The emotions this book takes you on is a journey in itself. Reading this book is an experience you won’t forget.
With so many fantastic characters that you will love and loathe – sometimes both! – you never quite know what to expect as you turn each page. As the story nears the end, all hell breaks loose and it’s a serious WTF-is-going-on kind of downhill ride as you plummet towards the inevitable end.
And this is just book one. I am hooked. I am addicted. Everyone should read this book.
About the Author
Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE LOTUS WAR, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE. He is the winner of two Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over twenty-five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.
He does not believe in happy endings.
*Picture and Biography from Goodreads