Hello lovelies! I know, I know. I’m beyond late to this party. But let me tell you, I am now 1000% on the Jay Kristoff bandwagon! Read on for my glowing review of Nevernight…
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.
Ok, so yes. It took me a long time to cave in to the hype and finally pick this one up. But I am officially a Jay Kristoff fan. I binged this series back-to-back and can I just say how glad I am that I waited for all three to be released?! Kristoff knows how to write a cliffhanger. But forgive me, I’m getting off track. Back to book one.
Nevernight is very VERY adult. Like, right from the start. It was a little disconcerting at first. (It also made me significantly regret gifting a copy to my auntie before I’d read it, *cringe*). Kristoff is certainly not afraid to shock his readers. However, once I got used to the graphic sex and violence, I realised what a fantastic story this is.
Nevernight is SO intelligently written. I cannot sing Jay Kristoff’s praises high enough. The world-building is (excuse my language) fucking awesome – there are no other words I can use to convey how brilliant it is. There is not a single detail that Kristoff hasn’t considered. I know that a lot of readers have issues with the footnotes but they honestly didn’t bother me (I’m used to them from reading Terry Pratchett’s Discworld). Every added detail just made my heart happier.
There were certainly elements of this book that felt derivative but I don’t even care because they were derivative of stories that I already love. And even with that, there is so much about this story that is unique. This first book did feel like it was laying a lot of groundwork for the second and third instalments; there is a huge build-up to the events of the ending. However, none of this build-up ever felt irrelevant or boring; on the contrary, I enjoyed being given such a strong foundation. I did feel as if the book extended slightly beyond its natural ending but once I started reading book two, Godsgrave, I understood why Kristoff made the narrative choices he did.
There were some genuinely hilarious moments in this book. I honestly can’t remember the last time a book made me laugh out loud so heartily. There were also some moments of sadness, as well as frustration and jaw-dropping disbelief. And did I mention the cat made of shadows? I’m not a cat person but I want a Mr Kindly.
Jay Kristoff seriously ticked all of the boxes with this one and made me so excited to see how the story progressed and concluded in the following two books. (Spoiler: they were just as awesome.) I’m so glad I took a chance on The Nevernight Chronicle, despite being unsure if they were ‘my thing’. I can now say with certainty that they are most definitely my thing!
Have you read this series? Or are you late to the party, like I was? Is it something you’re interested in reading? Let me know in the comments! x