*I read this in January 2017. I’m reviewing in April. I read it as a hardcover. As always, this is my honest opinion.
This is the first novel I read in January and because I’m an idiot, I decided to try to read 18 books before I started classes again (on the 18th), so everything about this book is a blur at the moment. My review is going to be a mess, but I can honestly say that I loved this book a lot.
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?
This book starts off slow, and the writing style takes a little time to get used to, but it is worth it. This book has everything going for it. Mia is strong and brutal, but there’s still something human in her. I loved her sass. I loved her anger and frustration. I loved her dark.
The only other Kristoff book I’ve read is Illuminae (and Gemina, obviously), so I didn’t have much of a background going into this book, other than I loved Illuminae. I believe that if you enjoyed Illuminae, you’d enjoy Nevernight, even though they are very different. Like, opposite sides of the spectrum different.
Nevernight is gritty and dark. It could be a blade. The backstabbing, the friendship, the murder, it’s all angsty and dark and generally great.
I know that I’m highly anticipating Godsgrave.