Book Review, Fiction

Review: Nevernight

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Jay Kristoff
August 9, 2016


"In a world where the suns almost never set, a woman gains entry to a school of infamous assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers that 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 wanders a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and its thugs. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the hearth 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. Deadly trials await her within the Church's halls: blades and poisons, treachery and death. If she survives to initiation, she'll be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and be one step closer to the only thing she desires. Revenge. "--

It usually takes a while to get into a book. Especially fantasy novels were you have to acclimatize to the environment. But Nevernight might have taken me longer than usual.
The first chapter is written in these jolting poetic-like sentences. Interesting as it might be to point out similarities between sex and murder, it left me unclear on how many characters there were and who was doing what.
At least started making more sense when the story got going. But I only got immersed when it revealed its dark and dry humour.
There is very lovely world building and mythology in Nevernight. It’s set on a planet with three suns and very little night. The religions revolves around their celestial gods. Even the name of the city hints at an interesting history. What I found odd was the discord between the environment and its people. They also seemed to need acclimatizing. I hope it will be further touched on in future books of the series.
I did not expect the special magical school aspect being so predominant. It was nice to read about a school of assassins that actually had real bite. Etiquette & Espionage, but with sex, violents and with Tarantino levels of blood. No punches pulled. But then again there were an imbalance with the chummy school friends, bending strict school rules and the teachers that might ‘accidently’ kill their students at any time.
The magic system is wonderful. Mia’s power of talking to shadows has a fresh twist to it and I really want a non-cat now.
My biggest bugbear with the book was the external narrator that at times spoke directly to the reader. He relayed some interesting side information, but I found his character a trifle irritating.
The ending really made this book though. This is a three star book with a five star ending. A great twist and some good shockers. I will be picking up the next in the series.


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