Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
The first book in the Nevernight Chronicles.
My Rating – 5* – 5*
‘Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere 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 that 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 demons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.
The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.’
I feel like I’ve put off this review as long as I put of reading the actual book….
Nope that’s a lie, well sort of. I haven’t written a review yet because I have no idea what I wanted to write. I did however put off reading this book forever, mostly just because of all the hype surrounding it. I just kept thinking to myself could a book really be this good. All I can say is yes, apparently a book can be this good. I should have known really, not only was there a huge amount of hype surrounding this book it was a dark fantasy about a school of assassins? I should have read it ages ago.
Mia as a main character was brilliant, I loved seeing her development throughout the book and at the Red Church she is able to show just how deadly and clever she really is. Her whole life is about violence so I feel like an assassin suits her. What surprised me in a nice way was how Mia being in the red church really brought out the nicer side of her as she begins a friendship with her fellow assassins in training, I especially love her relationship with Tric who is one of my favourite characters.
Nevernight is full of gore, violence, sex and strong language , four of my favourite things! I love the world that Jay Kristoff has created in this world, the Red Church is so unique, it sort of reminds me of Hogwarts but a lot more dangerous and the Shahiids aren’t afraid to kill their students.
The footnotes were both annoying and interesting! I tended to prefer the shorter footnotes as I found the longer ones was a lot of information all at once – that and I had a tendency to forget what bit it was for and had to go back and read it so that it made sense. So yeah, not going to lie I may have skipped a few of the footnotes, especially the larger info dump ones.
Overall, this book truly was an amazing read and is so worth the hype. It has an amazing complex main character, interesting side character, beautiful writing and word building and is full of violence and friendship and has twist and twist.
Of course, after that cliffhanger, I can’t wait to pick up the next book.
Thank you to melanie for buddy reading this with me! ❤️