Rating: 4 stars
Series: Nevernight #2
Author: Jay Kristoff
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Nevernight is quite unlike anything else I’ve ever read. it is adult, gothic and bloody, written in such a unique style. To start with it has footnotes throughout the book, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about these at first, but I ended up really liking them. The footnotes add information that is unnecessary for the story, but they often added to the world-building, were hilarious, or just interesting. If you’re wondering if you have to read these, you don’t, you could skip them entirely if you want, they are more like extra anecdotes. The footnotes alone would differentiate the book, but it also has such a distinctive style, the narrator often talks to us specifically which I really enjoyed, it felt like I was being told a story about Mia rather than being in the book.
The book also has a very distinct writing style that requires a lot more concentration than the average book meaning you can’t just breeze through, but I ended up really enjoying this though it did take me a while to get used to.
The story follows Mia who is not your conventional MC and I loved getting to see her go through training and learn about her past. We get snippets about Mia’s past at the beginning of each chapter which was very interesting and often provided vital information for the plot, but I found they did break up the flow quite a bit for me and I preferred the later chapters when it was all present day.
I loved the setting; assassin training was intense and very compelling to read, I couldn’t get enough of all the crazy lessons and near-death experiences the training involved. I liked that Kristoff didn’t hold back on killing off students or on any of the gory details. I really liked all the side characters and enjoyed the different dynamics they brought to the story. And of course, Mr. Kindly was a very entertaining companion who I still know very little about so I’m interested to see what his role in the series will ultimately be.
The ending was explosive, and it changed everything. I’m interested to see how this will affect the course of things and how Mia will adapt. I have some guesses and expectations based on some do the loose ends as to what will happen so I’m looking forward to seeing whether I’m right or not - though knowing Mr. Kristoff there’s no way I could possibly predict much as no doubt some crazy stuff will happen.
Overall, the book was bloody, unpredictable, and full of near-death experiences and twists. Mia is a smart person and knows how to twist situations to her advantage and I loved the assassin training. Whilst it took me a while to get used to the writing style and footnotes, I ended up really enjoying it and am looking forward to continuing with the series. I have no idea what the next chapter will bring but no doubt it will be full of unexpected twists, blood, and smut!
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?