Review of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

By: Jay Kristoff
Release Date: August 9th 2016
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

This book has mature sexual content and violence.

My Rating:

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?

My Thoughts:
This was my first of Kristoff’s books to read (minus his co-authorship with Amie Kaufman with the Illuminae Files). I was really impressed with his writing, descriptions and character growth. Overall this book was a slowish read taking me a couple of weeks. I chose to take it slow because the writing was a bit dense and the world complex. For me, this was not a negative in the slightest. I love being fully immersed and really getting a lot of background and insight into all the characters.

Mia, our main character, was nothing short of bad-a**. She suffered through an awful event in her childhood and so she sought nothing more than revenge. I loved her drive (haha) and yet even with her complete dedication to revenge those that hurt her family she was still likeable, relatable and had heart. I wasn’t ever exactly sure what she’d do in a situation which made her unpredictable and honestly fun to read.

The secondary characters were amazing as well. Even those that barely made an appearance in the book *coughs* Lord Cassius *coughs* had me enthralled. I wanted to know MORE and this kept me reading. I was so impressed with the backstory we got for various characters- especially Tric. My goodness, I loved how detailed and yes, brutal, it all was. And brutal this book was- there was LOTS of gore, violence and blood. So much blood in fact there was an actual pool of it.

The story itself was so detailed and not predictable in the slightest. The pacing varied some with the start being a tad slower than the ending. I found that the build up and world building were so worth it in the end but those that are eager for a faster paced story might find their interest lagging. Kristoff added footnotes that were so clever and added little, insignificant at times, details about the world and society. I found them such a great touch.

As I mentioned above this book was geared to an older audience. There are sex scenes that are rather detailed so I’d put this in the adult fantasy category myself.  I think my favorite aspect of this book was that nothing felt unused- the details and little bits we learned along the way all sort of tied in to really immerse me into this world. It became real to me. I got very emotionally wrapped up in the characters and I honestly got a bit rattled at a couple of scenes. I was also surprised by various things that occurred as well.

Final Thoughts:
Nevernight was an intense book that build such a realistic world and characters I was completely immersed. Kristoff had the ability to shock me and really created a novel with incredible depth. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the sequel. With the mature content, detailed descriptions, violence and length this book reads like an adult book so YA fans be aware of this. nevernightpicHave you seen the UK cover?

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Which cover do you prefer? I really can’t say because the US fits the story so well but I’m so partial to crows. So- I must own both.


  1. says

    I LOVED Nevernight! So glad to see you enjoyed it as well! 🙂 I agree that the US cover seems to fit the story slightly more, but I personally prefer the UK cover! There’s something that seems slightly more dramatic and really stands out that makes me love it. Great review!

    • says

      I think I might prefer the UK cover? The US font is SO PRETTY and after reading it I really like the story elements present in the US one. It was such a great book wasn’t it?

  2. says

    Ooh, fantasy! Assassins! I think I’ll be putting this on my list. While I don’t know how I feel about the mature sexual content, I think I can look past that small aspect to enjoy the book. Lovely review!

  3. says

    I haven’t read it, but I’m so excited! It’s also would be my first Jay Kristoff book’s I read (I never read Illuminae). I love both covers, but the crows are so gorgeous I might pick that one 😀

  4. says

    I’m reading this now and loving it! This is my first solo Kristoff read and wow, the depth and details to the world and characters. I’m on edge wondering how far our heroine-anit-heroine will need to go! So many tests – Kristoff knows how to keep the reader coming back, lol. I’ve put it down only when I must and keep sneaking off to read it when my family isn’t looking ; )

  5. Vanessa says

    I thought this was adult fantasy? Maybe that’s why it took you a little longer than usual to read. I find YA books a lot quicker to get through because they’re not as layered or in-depth.

  6. says

    I assumed Nevernight was YA but reading reviews from blogger friends made me realize my assumption was wrong. I guess it’s not the book for me in the moment, because adult-level violence is not yet my cup of tea.

    Thank you for this review!

  7. says

    I definitely have my eye on Nevernight! I actually just read Kristoff’s previous trilogy earlier this year, and found it to be really good (and dense, like you’ve described this one). I’m certainly looking forward to seeing the next (solo) story he’s going to be bringing to the table in Nevernight! I hope I enjoy as it as much as you did.

  8. says

    Eee, love your review of this precious book Kristen 😀 SO glad you enjoyed it so much. <3 All the hugs. I loved it beyond words. Sigh. And I cannot wait for everyone else to read it too 😀 So so happy you didn't hate it, haha 🙂 Thank you for sharing your gorgeous thoughts. <3

  9. Megan says

    I really love the simplicity of the UK cover and wish I could’ve gotten one of the special edition ones! My copy just arrived yesterday and after reading your review I’m even more excited to read it!


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