Title – Nevernight
Author – Jay Kristoff
Series – The Nevernight Chronicle #1
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 434 pages
Publication Date – July 25th 2016 by Harper Voyager
ISBN – 9780008180003
My Rating – ★★★★★/5
Mia Covere is ten years old when she gets her first lesson in death. Now, six years later, Mia is taking the first steps to keep a promise she made the day she lost everything.
If Mia is to get her revenge and avenge her family she must become a weapon without equal. Mia needs to prove herself against deadly friends and enemies and survive under the instruction of murderers, liars and demons at a school for assassins.
But Mia is no ordinary student, the shadows love her and drink her fear.
I received a copy of Nevernight from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. I’ve only read Illuminae by Jay Kirstoff and I loved it so I was excited to read this because the synopsis sounded really good.
Nevernight is a pretty brutal book but I was expecting it with Mia training to kill people. It’s a school of assassins so I was definitely expecting a lot of blood and death and Kristoff did not let me down. But it was so much more than just a bunch of teenagers learning all the different ways to kill people. There’s magic, plotting, intrigue and a little romance… But only a little.
There is a lot going on in Nevernight. I loved how the story was told and I thought the narrator, whoever they are, was kind of funny. I loved how the narrator was never named and it was told like someone was telling Mia’s story to the reader. Some of the background information wasn’t told at the start of the book but by the end of the book I think most things had been filled in.
I loved the twist with who was killing people and why at the Red Church and I didn’t see it coming at all. I really should have because after it came out I saw all the things I’d overlooked or just missed. It’s not often a book can take me by surprise like that but I have to say Kristoff did it brilliantly.
I really liked Mia. She’d been through a lot and was a little blunt at times but that’s what I loved about her. She wants to avenge her family and make the people that took her family away suffer but at the same time she doesn’t want to lose a part of herself by joining the Red Church. I think Mia is one of my new favourite female characters of 2016.
The second book in this trilogy (I’m pretty sure it’s a trilogy) isn’t out until next year and I cannot wait to read it so I can find out what’s next for Mia and the Red Church.
*Thank you HarperCollins New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*
Have you read Nevernight yet? Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of it.