Nevernight – Jay Kristoff

“You’ll be a rumour. A whisper. The thought that wakes the bastards of this world sweating in the night. The last thing you will ever be in this world, girl, is someone’s hero.”

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Blurb: “In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledging 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.”

*This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Nevernight is the first book in a new adult fantasy series by Jay Kristoff who many of you will recognise as the co-author of YA sci-fi novel Illuminae.

In a world where three suns never set, in a city built from the bones of dead god, lives a girl called Mia who has outlived her family. She is seeking vengeance on the people who executed her father and labelled him a traitor, and so she begins learning how to kill, taught by a man named Mercurio who sends her on the path to The Church of the Red which is a school for assassins. But Mia has the upper hand: she has the ability to control shadows and her shadow companion Mister Kindly goes everywhere with her. However, Mia finds that she isn’t the only person seeking training from the Church of the Red and only 4 people will receive it.

This book switches from past to present frequently throughout which adds so much to Mia’s character as it gives an insight into the parts of her life that shaped her and just makes her  more believable, well-written character.

I found the story quite slow and hard to get into/follow what was happening at first but once the plot picked up momentum there was no stopping it.

With the popularity of schools/training elements in many fantasy books, it’s difficult to find something slightly new but Kristoff managed to achieve that with the Church of the Red. I was completely hooked on how it was run and what the different candidates had to do in order to gain a place in one of those top 4 spots.

This book has one of the best opening lines I’ve ever read and to find out what it is, you’ll have to pick up a copy of the book!

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