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?
“Never Flinch.’ A cold whisper in her ear. ‘Never fear. And never, ever forget.’
The girl nodded slowly.
Exhaled the hope inside.
And she’d watched her father die.
Well, Nevernight sure was a different book than I typically go for. I liked it, but I wasn’t in love with it. The writing was really well done, but different than I am used to. It took me a bit longer to get into the story than normal. However, it does have FOOTNOTES, so that was really awesome. And the presentation of the story was great, too.
It was the tone I had troubles with. It was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in a Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows world. It was present with a really light atmosphere. Everyone was oohing and aahing over things like they were 11, when they were all in their late teens and ASSASSINS. THEY ARE IN ASSASSIN SCHOOL! It is just a bit too odd for my full enjoyment. I just couldn’t get over it.
And Nevernight is a school book. Mia Corvere and her classmates spend most of the book in assassin school. There was also a long portion of trying to get to the school. I think with this book I realized that I don’t actually enjoy the school setting very much, because I just kept hoping for it to be over. And then when it was over, the part of the book that focuses on other things just felt too short. It was an enjoyable read, it just wasn’t what I crave.
That ending though? That is what I crave because that ending was amazing. It was everything I was waiting for and more. I waited the entirety of Nevernight to get to that ending and it was well worth the wait. I’m so excited to get to the next book because damn do I need to know more.
The main character, Mia Corvere, is, quite simply, a bit of a little shit. Smartass. Thinks she is the best ever. And while I admit Mia is good, she ain’t the best. She learns quickly, but she still has her own struggles. And her past really sucks, which I always appreciate in a lead character. Mia is also special. She is darkin, which means she has a shadow pal that follows her around and makes fun of Mia, other people, and pretty much everything for the most part. Because her shadow friend, Mr. Kindly is a bit of a little shit, too.
The worldbuilding in Nevernight was also pretty great. A large portion of the worldbuilding actually takes place in the footnotes – and there are a lot of them. And often they are amusing little tales or just a joke. And often they are precipitated by like a throwaway bit that is in every other fantasy book. For example, they’re talking about a portrait and then BAM a five paragraph long footnote with an amusing story in it about that portrait. But even without the footnotes, the setup for the world is killer, and I cannot wait to learn more about how this story ends.
While I didn’t love Nevernight, I did enjoy it quite a bit. I am looking forward to learning a lot more in the coming two books. This will be an interesting journey.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Nevernight Chronicle series page!