Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.
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?
With two more books in need for review, I decided to save myself from the crying cave I had holed myself this weekend, and finally do this book justice. Before I begin, I will also give my warning to any future reader: this book is a NEW ADULT and not a YOUNG ADULT. So you should be careful before giving this book to anyone younger than 18 (maybe?).
Nevernight takes place in a world with three suns and a city made upon the remains (a skeleton actually) of a long forgotten creature. Mia Corvere is the only survivor of her family's demise and she begins her journey as an assassin in a secret school for assassins.
And no, it's not like Hogwarts.
While I can't spoil and trust me this would destroy anyone's experience for this book, I can note some facts that I liked very much.
Mia's ability, which reminded me for a reason of the Darkling from Leigh Bardugo's "The Grisha" series, is terrifying. True she has a "pet" which is sarcastic and in a certain point in the book quite jealous.
(the "pet" reminded me of this guy from ""The Cat Returns")
The book is written in the style of an biography. Now, who's life story is told is a fact that will propably be revealed on the next books. In the end of every chapter there were tiny notes, like the ones you read on an academic book, which were giving details, adding into the world building.
Very clever Mr. Kristoff, very clever.
The society of Godsgrave. Think of ancient Rome with a touch of Venice in the Renaissance; these two create a great blend with the way everything is built in this morbid city. The thought of having my house built on the ribs of some dead creature's skeleton gives me the chills! Of course you have the aristocracy and the poor living in different parts of the city and a political stage with the backstabbing anyone loves to read. ;)
The Red Church (Assassin School) on the other hand is not to be taken lightly. The only part I can mention which in a morbid way had me laughing was the bookworms. Beware the bookworms!
And Tric; deadly, handsome, brave Tric. No matter what will happen my reader spirit will love you until the end of time.
And finally the writing style, which is unique for Mr. Kristoff, is one of the best I have ever read in these years. At the same time these days I am also reading "Stormdancer" which was the first series of this author, and I am thrilled with everything I have experienced so far. The emotions shown, the betrayals, even the thread of madness which comes from reading Nevernight is enough to create a unique read and in the future a unique series.
This book deserves a good anime. Not a movie or a TV series but a bloodthirsty, f*king perfect anime.
(Hellsing style maybe?)
Do I recommend it? Bloody yes! Read this book before the madness of the September releases begins. It deserves every tear you have to spill! ;)
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