The Nevernight Chronicles #1
The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.
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?
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Published: August 9th 2016
Violence, Murder, Gore, Slavery, Death, Torture
“The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us. I can see it in you, sure as I see it in me. You’re a daughter of the words. A girl with a story to tell.”
Have you ever seen a book and everything aligns? The cover, the plot, the hype… everything lines up for the perfect, five star read. For me, I was READY. I just knew me and this book were made for each other. I mean, nothing could go wrong… until it did.
Mia, hell bent on getting revenge on the people who assassinated her family, goes to the Red Church where she learns all the skills to be a extremely talented assassin. However, dead bodies are piling up, Mia’s secrets are threatening to be released and the competition between her fellow assassins is heating up.
DOES THIS NOT SOUND AWESOME?
“Iron or glass? they’d ask.
She was neither.
She was steel.”
Now, I feel like I should mention this before I really get into my review— there are some explicit sex scenes in this one
which I’ll expand on more later and there’s been a few conversations about whether this is Adult or YA. I honestly think anyone can read this despite age, but for the sake of this review, I’m naming it Adult.
I will admit, the world is amazing. The creativity was there and even when we’re confined to one area for the majority of the book, I still was enthralled with the world-building because it’s so imaginative. It’d be hard not to notice it.
But, I feel like Kristoff tried to inject this creativity into his metaphors and similes and… it didn’t work.
“… the beast had forgotten its quarry entirely, great eyes rolling as it flipped over and over, dragging its bulk back below the sand, howling like a dog who’s just returned home from a hard turn’s work to find another hound in his kennel, smoking his cigarillos and in bed with his wife.”
What… does that mean? I’m known to love purple prose, but this was trying to far and bruising it. He also tried with the footnotes and at first, I was liking them… until I wasn’t. They got too long and tedious and I mean, you can skip them
and I heard most people did but that’s not a good thing if people are skipping your way of info-dumping and world building. They made this read super heavy.
“Apologies,” Mia frowned, searching the floor as if looking for something. “I appear to have misplaced the fucks I give for what you think…”
However, the first and last third of this book was great. I was into it and certain this was my next 5 star read… and then, Mia got into assassin school… and then the problems started rolling in.
I couldn’t really attach myself to any of the characters. Mia, being the main character, has the highest percentage of me liking her. And I did, objectively. She was smart, her Darkin gifts were cool and ultimately, I was rooting for her, though I wish we would have gotten even a tiny hint on where her gifts came from. But we still have book two for that.
Mr. Kindly, the not-cat, was cool. I feel I could’ve liked him more if I wasn’t so wary of him. Tric… I liked him when he and Mia first met. Shoot, I’d almost say I shipped them together… until they got into assassin school. No spoilers, but I don’t think he knew what he was getting into and… look, dude irritated me.
I’ve mentioned the sex scenes earlier and… Look, I’ve read my fair share of NA and Adult with some raunchy scenes, hell I even enjoyed a few of them. But this… I cringed so hard I might’ve popped something. The sex scene in the first paragraph comparing that to murdering a man was freaking amazing, but the prose Kristoff was trying to work… made said scenes a big cringe fest for me.
The last third is probably what saved this book for me. The action, the suspense, the betrayal, the deaths
not like death wasn’t everywhere in here. I do plan on reading the next book, for Mia. I’ll just take my time getting to it.