Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: 11th August 2016
Edition: UK hardback, received via Illumicrate
Other Titles by this Author: Stormdancer, Kinslayer, Endsinger, The Last Stormdancer, Illuminae (with Amie Kaufman)
Destined to destroy empires, Mia Corvere 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 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 daemons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Red Church is no ordinary school, but Mia is no ordinary student.
The shadows love her.
And they drink her fear.
All I've heard about Nevernight since proofs started landing on doormats is incoherent babblings of love and shock over one certain page. That’s hype I couldn’t ignore, and I'm so glad I didn’t.
I have to admit that I had a bit of a rocky start with Nevernight. The first few chapters are a bit confusing with Mia’s present and flashbacks from her past having equal weight in the narrative, but as soon as I grabbed on, I didn’t let go. I devoured this novel over the weekend (I read fantasy quite slowly so that’s pretty impressive for me!) and I just didn’t want to put it down.
Mia is ballsy and brave and I was never quite sure what she was going to do. She’s brutal and fierce and clever, but also very loyal and I loved how deeply she felt things, even if that did lead her into trouble at The Red Church. The affectionate banter between her and fellow acolytes Lotti and Ash was really lovely and I really enjoyed that depth to a story that could easily have been eclipsed by the romance. And oh, what a romance. Tric is mysterious, sweet, and completely lethal and Mia definitely doesn’t love him. Nope, not at all. The tension between them sizzled.
There’s so much depth to Mia, the people close to her and the world that I just didn’t stop wanting more. Thankfully, we got one of my favourite (when done well) narrative tricks – footnotes! Added in by the unnamed narrator, we got detailed elements of the world and its history and mythology; Mia and the other characters sassed and wonderful snark throughout; I really loved the footnotes. I know they put a lot of people off, but Jay Kristoff made them work perfectly.
I'd heard lots about the horrible shocks to come on a particular page in this book and as I veered into the final 100 pages of Nevernight I got worried because I couldn’t remember which page exactly. Even though I was expecting the twists, I was still thoroughly shocked – that is some serious skill right there. I loved how it altered so many things and sent the end of the novel into an unexpected spiral. I genuinely dragged that last quarter of the novel out over several hours because while I was desperate to know what happened, I didn’t want it to end.
Seriously, if you like your fantasy violent, sexy, funny and utterly captivating, Nevernight is for you. I want more.