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Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)

“Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.”

What I thought:

Guys. I’m so ridiculously in love with Nevernight. I thought if I’d leave the review for a few weeks it’d be easier to write, with more useful info and less incoherent gushing, but just be warned that there will be gushing. And lots of it.

For the briefest moment, she swore she could see lights at her feet, glittering like diamonds in an ocean of nothing. She felt an emptiness so vast she thought she was falling – down, down into some hungry dark. And then her fingers closed on the dagger’s hilt and she clutched it tight, so cold it almost burned.

She felt the something in the dark around her.

The copper tang of blood.

The pulsing rush of rage.

One of my favourite parts were the footnotes. I know a lot of people don’t enjoy them – if you don’t you can skip them and you won’t miss any necessary details – but I loved them. They added a bit of extra humour (something the book has plenty of), and as someone who likes a world with lots of lore and history I loved the insights, too. Many of them sounded like Kristoff took a brief break in his storytelling to let us in on a secret, or to say something the characters couldn’t, and I adoredย loved the hell out of that.

My other favourite thing was Mister Kindly, the glorious ghostly not-cat which feeds on Mia’s fear:

The thing called Mister Kindly waited. A patience learned over eons. A silence like the grave. Soon now. Any moment she’d begin to whimper. Whisper for him. What would she dream of tonight? The ones who came to drown her? Her father’s legs kicking, face purpling, guh guh guh? The Philosopher’s Stone and the horrors she’d found within, fourteen years old and lost in the dark?

No matter.

They all tasted the same.

One of my other many favourites (there are just so. many. of them!) was the main character, Mia Covere. She trains at this school for assassins (how cool is that?), learns how to poison people, how to steal their belongings and secrets, but she can’t get herself to stop caring. She’s my ideal heroine – lethal when she needs to be, loyal best friend at all other times – unless, of course, her best friends betray her. But who wouldn’t draw the line at that?

“This place gives much. But it takes much more. They may make her beautiful on the outside, but inside, they aim to shape a horror. So if there is some part of herself that truly matters, hold it close, Mia Corvere. Hold it tight. She should ask herself what she will give to get the things she wants. And what she will keep. For when we feed another to the Maw, we feed it a part of ourselves, also. And soon enough, there is nothing left.”

I also had a soft spot for Chronicler Aelius. He didn’t feature much but you get the feeling that there’s a depth to him the book only hints at. *sigh* Gotta love sublety! And librarians! And the wonderful smell of ancient tomes!

But I’m getting carried away.

Honestly, I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about this book. It has everything I want in a book and far more than I expected when I started. I had a much shorter blurb than the one above and didn’t really know what I was in for, but I love the mature take and strong language throughout. I’m beyond excited for the sequel, and will pre-order it once it’s available – something I don’t do often.


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7 Comments

  1. I enjoyed Nevernight a lot as well. What elegant writing! My favourite thing about it was, when she was stepping through the shadows, and how they had solved this on paper.

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      I loved that bit, too <3 I wouldn't even have thought of doing something like that!

  2. This is on my shelf, waiting to be read, and you’ve just made me move it up my TBR list!

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      Yay! It’s so good, I hope you enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      I just know you’ll devour it <3 I was tempted to get the audiobook for my early morning runs. Listening to this gem would definitely be motivation!

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