Nevernight by Jay Kristoff 4.5/5
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?
Trained from childhood for one thing: to be a killer. Mia’s tragic history only strengthens her need to become a Blade. Can she survive the Red Church’s initiation process, the other Acolytes, and her quest to enact revenge on those who wronged her family?
From the reviews I have read, Nevernight appears to be a marmite book. You either love it or you hate it. I loved it. Well, with the exception of those bloody footnotes. Footnotes do not agree with my reading digestion. Otherwise, I’m in awe of the worldbuilding, the fantastically crude, dangerous, endearing characters, and the intriguing narrative. Think of Hogwarts as a school for assassins with teachers who would hack their student’s arms off for showing off. I know, right? Shamazing!
Mia is simply sublime as a character; an anti-heroine to root for. Her motivation is apparent, and the progression of her character arc is natural and subtle. In fact, every character and their dialogue is on point. I’m a stickler for believable characters and I love the diverse cast, their quirks, and their flaws.
Throughout the whole narrative, I was double guessing characters and their motives. Let’s just say that I was blind sided. I did not see that twist coming, and I love Kristoff for it.
I can’t recommend this book enough. Read it, people! And if, like me, you are a detestor of footnotes, just enjoy the story and visualise punching those little bastards in their footnotey throats.
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