A wonderful new epic fantasy set in the dark heart of an academy for assassins.
Destined to destroy empires, Mia Corvere 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 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 daemons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Red Church is no ordinary school, but Mia is no ordinary student.
The shadows love her.
And they drink her fear.
Opening with an extremely awkward and graphic sex come murder scene which almost had me put the book down and walk away Nevernight took me to some pretty dark places. I’m not opposed to sex scenes in novels but I always feel a little awkward when they involve young girls and our protagonist in this novel is sixteen.
On the surface it’s easy to see Mia as a strong young woman. She can wield a sword and fight like any full grown man and she proves this time and again. Yet it is apparent at many points in the book that she has been used and manipulated by circumstance and the people who have come and gone from her life since she was very young and this has put her in the position she is in now.
I found her story devastating, she had no choice but to end up where she is and is completely consumed with revenge and hate.
The world building is detailed and the picture of the Red Church in particular is vivid. Jay Kristoff has created a world which is warring and brutal. It’s a land where you struggle to connect with characters because the morals are so different to the morals of our world, where they have to fight and kill to survive.
I struggled with the footnotes in the book, they took away from the flow of the book, and I ended up having to skip them so that I could continue concentrating on reading the story without the constant interruptions.
The second half of the book was far better and more interesting than the first half which really took time to get going. I’m glad I stuck with the book and took the time to invest with the characters and I hope now that I have future books in the series will be easier to engage with from the beginning.
This is definitely dark fantasy, which wasn’t what I was expecting based on the cover and description so it was a bit of a shock but it is well written and develops well through the book.
A huge thanks to Jay Kristoff and Harper Voyager for the eARC of this book in return for my honest review.
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Series: The Nevernight Chronicle #1
Author: Jay Kristoff
Genre: Fantasy | Dark Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: 9 August 2016
Review Format: eBook
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