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Book Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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Publication Date: 9th August 2016

Series: The Nevernight Chronicles


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. Read More

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

After 3 years of this book being on my shelf, I have finally read Nevernight and loved it! I’m currently in a state of shock and confusion because wtf?

I don’t know if I overestimated the plot and writing complexity of high fantasy or simply underestimated my own reading abilities. Maybe both. Could this be a turning point for me and fantasy novels? It’s feeling like that.

A couple of years ago I read Illuminae, co-authored by Jay Kristoff and I hated it with a vengeance but Nevernight is on the complete opposite side of the spectrum.

I’m not going to lie the first 75-100 pages was hard. I wasn’t connecting with the characters or the writing. This made for a slow start as I wasn’t picking it up as much as I wanted to. But when things got going and I found my footing I was obsessed.

The world building in this book is insane. How the hell did one guy think all of this up? Even the tiniest of details and background was covered with the footnotes. (I’ve got to admit that I didn’t read every single one because some were longgg and I didn’t have time for that). 

This isn’t completely action packed but it doesn’t need to be. It takes the time to build the universe, the characters and then follows Mia, the main character, as she begins her training at the Red Church to become an assassin but all of this was incredibly interesting to me and with the addition of well rounded characters and a pretty steamy romance I, eventually, couldn’t put it down.

Talking about the romance: I really liked it. I started shipping them from the moment the two characters met.

There’s a murderer within the walls of the Red Church and … I lowkey forgot about that. I was so caught up in Mia, who I absolutely love, that every time someone would turn up dead I was like “oh yeah!” I did enjoy this aspect of the book though and the outcome had me gasping in shock.

I really liked the fantastical magic part of Mia’s character, her ability to control shadows. I loved learning about it as she did and her interactions with Mr Kindly, the shadow cat that follows her and consumes her fear, were highly entertaining. The last chapter before Part 3 of the book was insanely good. No spoilers, obviously, but it features lots of Mia and her magic ability and I had to put the book down once I’d finished the chapter to give my self a minute.

Most the time when I take forever to get around to a book and end up loving it I say something along the lines of “oh I wish I’d picked this up sooner” but I don’t feel like that with this. I’m glad I picked it up when I was feeling motivated to get through a big book and I’m glad I waited a few years to “mature” my reading level.

Also, an added bonus of holding off reading is that I now don’t have to wait for them to be released. I definitely plan on buying Godsgrave soon but the book snob in me has come out in fighting force and I only want the pretty UK hardcovers … which cost like 20€. Either way, I loved this book and can’t wait to continue on with this trilogy.

3 thoughts on “Book Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff”

  1. Glad you liked it! I also did not read many of the footnotes… they were kinda disrupting to the story. But it’s cool that they’re there if one wants more detailed worldbuilding. I just wanted to know what happened. 🙂

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