Nevernight by Jay Kristoff *Spoilers*

You’ve got the look of a girl who’s no stranger to the page. I can tell. You’ve got words in your soul.
— Nevernight
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff PUBLISHED BY Thomas Dunne Books August 9, 2016 GENRES: Adult, Fiction, Fantasy PAGES: 448 FORMAT: Kindle SOURCE: PURCHASHED PACING: {3.5/5}

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
PUBLISHED BY Thomas Dunne Books August 9, 2016
GENRES: Adult, Fiction, Fantasy
PAGES: 448
FORMAT: Kindle
SOURCE: PURCHASHED
PACING: {3.5/5}

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff is totally 100% out of the genre of books I normally read. Although I am open to reading most genres with the exception of horror and paranormal, mounds of sex, accompanied with excessive gore, hacking and slashing is not my cup of tea either LOL, {I said a little prayer after reading this} but I have to admit that outside of those elements, the story itself was amazing!! It started off SUPER slow and I was not a fan of the language nor the time hopping from the past to the present of the main character either. However, as I began to understand the world and what was actually happening, the language became a little easier to read. I actually buddy read this book with my lovely bookstagram friend @jessafshar Go follow her!!


Synopsis:

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 bones of a dead "all powerful being"... 

 

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....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, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic — the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.

Revenge.


Nevernight is such an enthralling adventure. Mia Covere, the main character, is a young girl living in the brutal world of Godsgrave. She is an assassin set out to avenge her father's public execution, the murder of her brother and the imprisonment of her mother from members of the Republic of Itreya ~ a somewhat corrupt political system. A man named Mercurio is her mentor and with his guidance she leaves Godsgrave to train in the mountains at Red Church where she becomes an Acolyte of Maw. She is taught to become an instrument of death through trainings, trials and bouts with other assassins with the goal of being a Blade, a master assassin. Along the way Mia hears from her shadow, the not cat, although she speaks to many shadows. I believe the not cat to be a living representation of her consciousness

While at the Red Church she encounters the brute that is Don Tric who eventually becomes her lover. In case you were wondering this is NOT NOT NOT a young adult novel.....AT ALL. Nevernight deals with murder, sex and rape {definitely triggers}. It's broken down into 3 books. It began to pick up in book two and hit a high point in book three. Mia's competition was a girl in Red Church named Jessamine. She was really Mia's equal and I liked the way Kristoff wrote the dynamics of their relationship. Jessamine was Mia's Draco Malfoy to Harry Potter LOL which is a good segue because certain aspects of the story actually reminded me of HP even with mention of the "Philosophers Stone" ~ a rock off the coast of Godsgrave surrounded by unforgiving water. 

Jessamine's father was killed as well and like Malfoy to Potter, Jessamine was angry and wanted to take it out on anyone especially Mia. Jessamine believed that Mia's father, whom she thought to be a traitor, had something to do with Jessamine's father's death. Make sense? I also think she saw Mia's extraordinary gifts and challenged her at every waking turn. Mia was the chosen one like Harry haaa haaa. She's not "iron or glass" but steel. What I didn't like was that Kristoff incorporated this idea of sex being power for Mia. Marielle, the weaver of Red church, advised Mia that basically "the power" lies between her legs. That she can conquer anyone or anything using her sexual prowess. I feel strongly that this could have been left out as this is already a problem in storytelling, both in young adult and new adult novels, where female characters are concerned. Mia being encouraged, so to speak, to be a seductress wasn't needed and very cliche'. She had enough vengeance within her sixteen year old self to fuel her. No seducing needed. She was powerful because of her skill. I believe women can conquer the world with or without "seducing" it. 

 
Map of the Republic 

Map of the Republic 

 

This will be the longest review ever so, let's change it up. I will list the parts of the story that made me gasp and flail like a wild animal in bullet points. I know reading long reviews becomes tedious....right!? Ok...you ready? Ready. Set, Go.....

  • Mia is a beast. The confessors were interrogating her about where she was before she arrived in Godsgrave. It was a test of her loyalty form Lord Cassius but she gave them a run for her money. They mangled her arm and she still gave them a go. My girl!!
  • Don Tric's backstory made me cry inside. His mom didn't want him and his grandpa hated him because his mother was raped by Dweymari. His name literally means "drown me and be done". Ugh!!! So much pain within in.  
  • Let's stop the bullet review and insert this poignant quote from the book.
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.
— The Chronicler ~ Nevernight

Ok let's resume....

  • Chapter 22....Mia and Tric...and I will just leave that there!!! O_o
  • Lotti, another assassin at Red church, is killed. I thought it was Jessamine, but it was Ashlin who I was actually loving throughout the entire story because she befriended Mia, but she was actually the traitor. *punches air*
  • Mia and Tric are accused of killing Lotti and receive lashes from the weaver. Tric did not reveal that Mia spent the night with him the night Lotti was killed......wowzer!! Such loyalty. 
  • Mia and Tric battle during the 'Blade' trials....after they slept together....they had to face each other in a duel. Oh gosh!! So much tension.

Ok that's all I have. The pacing during Book 1, the time hopping and the "sex as a weapon" theme dropped this book to about 3.8 stars, but it's at the high end of 3 stars so for me that's still good. I really ended up liking this book!!

 My Rating:  {3.8}