Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Published by: Thomas Dunne on August 9th, 2016
Next in Series: Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicles #2)
Others by Author: Stormdancer (The Lotus Wars), Illuminae (The Illuminae Files)
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.
Don’t ask me why I took so long to read this, because I have no answer for you. I just know it took me almost an entire month and that’s how long it took me to read A Game of Thrones, a book whose author either seems to have an aversion to listening to his editor or who takes so long to write that by the time his editor gets a hold of his manuscript, they have little to no time to do any actual editing.
I am late to the Nevernight train (despite my friends’ frustration), but I knew I would like it if I just read it. From the beginning, I already loved the writing, and the footnotes added so much world building and detail that I am not sure how Jay Kristoff came up with it all on his own. My only issue is that the first 150 pages took an absurdly long time to get through. The flashbacks at the start seemed unnecessary to the story, even as I loved the parallels to the present and even as I understand that this was setting up the format for later. I get all of that, but it didn’t make the first 150 pages any easier. We spent too long on a boat, then too long in an inn, then far too long travelling through the desert with no real end in sight.
I think if I cared about Mia and Tric during these 150 pages I would have been okay with the slowness, but unfortunately I really only grew attached to them around when they find
Assassin Hogwarts the school. I loved their banter, and Mia was always sarcastic and wonderful, and Jay Kristoff’s writing was so over-the-top and hilarious that I was still interested, but it just took a while to actually care whether these characters lived or died.
But by the end I just wanted them to be safe from harm forever. And no one is, because Jay Kristoff is evil.
I know I’ve already mentioned this, but can I say again how much I loved the footnotes? I really loved the footnotes. They were so funny and ridiculous that I laughed out loud at least once per chapter. And the writing was also hilarious and wonderful and weird. This book needs more hype than it has gotten. Plus the fantasy and magic and things were just cool. I love how much mystery there is around everything, and although I somehow ended with more questions than I started, I am just excited to find out more. I should probably go buy Godsgrave soon.
Have you read Nevernight? If you have, please let me know who you think the narrator is because I’ve thought about this for far longer than it warrants and I have several theories.