Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

“Little Mia Corvere.
Wolf in crow’s feathers.
You’ve got us all fooled.”

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff is about Mia Corvere and her thirst for revenge.

After her family is killed, Mia’s only goal is to join a secret league of assassins, so she can gain the skills to get revenge on those who murdered her father, mother, and brother. When she finally finds the Red Church though, other students start dying before the end of their training competition. Mia has to figure out who is killing the other students before she’s next.

“Not all the dead truly die.”

For the most part, I liked Mia as a character. She is intriguing, and I like that she murders people – not sure what that says about me, but whatever. One thing I did not like was that she joined a school of assassins and then felt the need to continuously remind herself that all the other students were… murders. As if assassin could mean something else? It’s not a huge issue, but I did find it annoying how many times she felt the need to remember that when she should have known that going in.

“You’re a daughter of words.
A girl with a story to tell.”

The story itself was interesting and pulled me in. I wanted to know what was going to happen next, and definitely did not predict the twists (I’m terrible at that anyways, but I feel like these were good twists). Kristoff does a good job of revealing just enough of the story to capture you, but not enough that the story is predictable.

“You can’t be serious…”
“…apologies, i was uninformed i’d been

relegated to the role of comic relief…”

I also liked pretty much every other character in the book – note: most (all?) of them are terrible people and I loved it. Naev, Tric, Ash, Adonai, and Mr. Kindly were some of my favourites, but pretty much everyone was given enough of a story to be important and have an effect on the story. It did not feel overwhelming though, and I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anyone’s story.

“Here is truth, gentlefriends:
when in doubt, it’s best to be polite
when dealing with lunatics.”

The footnotes were definitely a little jarring, but I knew about them going in which helped a bit. After a while, I considered them part of the story (which, really, they are), and I didn’t mind them so much. If they are an issue for you, I recommend pushing through since the story is worth it.

“Truth is, there’s no difference between your nethers and mine.
Aside from the obvious, of course. But one doesn’t carry any more weight than the other. Why should what’s between my legs be considered any smarter or stupider, any worse or better?”

Hands down, one of the best things about Nevernight is Kristoff sharing all the hate he has received about it! Some people get in a real mess about this book and send him emails complaining about the weirdest things. It’s so entertaining, and he takes it with a laugh – which, to be honest, makes me like this book a little more.

“The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us.”

I do think the hype around this book got to me a little bit. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed this story. I simply wasn’t head-over-heels for it. I have a feeling I’m going to like book two, Godsgrave, a little more though. With the way Nevernight ended, it seems like it is setting up the next story to be quite the murderous adventure!

“Never flinch. Never fear. And never, ever forget.”

In case it wasn’t obvious, I also found this book to be very quotable!

Have you read Nevernight? What did you think of it?

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