Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Book Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (YA/Fantasy)

Title: Nevernight
Author: Jay Kristoff
Publisher:
Harper Collins

Publication Date: 2017 (2016)
Pages:
463
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy/YA
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


Mia Corvere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.
Destined to destroy empires, the child raised in shadows made a promise on the day she lost everything: to avenge herself on those that shattered her world.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, and Mia must become a weapon without equal. Before she seeks vengeance, she must seek training among the infamous assassins of the Red Church of Itreya.
Inside the Church's halls, Mia must prove herself against the deadliest of opponents and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and daemons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Church is no ordinary school. But Mia is no ordinary student.
The Red Church is no ordinary school, but Mia is no ordinary student.
The shadows love her.
And they drink her fear.


I loved Nevernight from start to finish. It is so refreshing to come across a YA fantasy with a little 'edge'. I adored the premise and the characters, and the world of the story immediately caught my interest and held it. The narrative style was a tad offputting in the first couple of chapters, but once I got used to it, I thought it worked perfectly, especially all the snide asides in the footnotes. Some of those had me laughing out loud. It's testament to how good the book is that I could even forgive Kristoff for killing off the character who most intrigued me before we had chance to get to know him properly. I look forward to reading on with Godsgrave shortly, and I have already requested the final book from the library too. I recommend Nevernight for readers looking for something a little different and darker in YA fantasy.

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