Author: Jay Kristoff
Published: 11th August, 2016 (Harper Voyager)
Genre: Fiction, NA, Fantasy
ISBN: 0008180016 (ISBN13: 9780008180010)
Pages: 643 (ARC paperback, UK edition)
Other Books in the Series: None yet.
Note: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Harper Voyager for the copy!
First of all, let me just say that I am now a devoted follower of Jay Kristoff and his work. His style and my personal taste in books compliment each other so well. I’m completely satisfied, my hunger satiated by the end of the journey. His words are devoid of flowery prose and instead full of humor, sarcasm, and hard-hitting action.
Nevernight is no exception. It tells the story of a girl who wanted to be an assassin in order to avenge her family’s demise. We follow her rise at the school for assassins (known as the Red Church), the countless trials, and the relationships formed inside or outside the classroom. Overall, everything about the setting and the school system works nicely. The book challenges your personal beliefs about right or wrong, as well as our so-called humanity.
Nevernight is not for the faint-hearted. After all, you cannot expect much empathy or sugar-coating in a book about revenge and murder. Expect knife-stabbing, beheadings, poisoned children, sex, thievery, and treachery lurking in every page. It’s non-stop excitement different from the rest: grittier, darker, and unafraid to get its hands dirty. Kristoff punches where it hurts, and I cannot say that I disapprove.
The characters were memorable but severely lacking in details. Mia, as the MC, is the most developed of them all. Plenty of questions remain with regards to…well, everything about her, really. By the end of the book, the reader will find that there are plenty more to discover about the characters, as well as the world in general.
In conclusion, Nevernight is a book that will keep you reading way past your bedtime. It takes hold of you and refuses to let go. I suggest you let it take you for a spin and enjoy the ride.
Rating: Five Stars
Guest review contributed by Fiddler Blue. This blogger focuses on brief, easy to read book reviews. Reading has been a life-long romance, and it’s reflected in these pages.