Nevernight by Jay KristoffNevernight by Jay Kristoff

Nevernight

byJay Kristoff

Hardcover | August 9, 2016

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Nevernight is the first in an epic new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author, Jay Kristoff.

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, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic - the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church's halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.

Revenge.

JAY KRISTOFF is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Nevernight Chronicle, the Lotus War series and the co-author of the Illuminae Files. He is a winner of the Aurelius Award, was nominated for the David Gemmell Morningstar, and Legend awards, was named multiple times in the Kirkus Review and Amazon Best Tee...
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Title:NevernightFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.75 × 6.43 × 1.45 inPublished:August 9, 2016Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Worldbuilding - Push through with this book, don't give up too sooN! Yes, at the beginning, it may seem overwhelming because of the continuous and copious amounts of footnotes, but don't get too hung up on those. They're really there to add detail to the world. If you DO however read them, it adds a really extra and enveloping kind of layer to the whole story and also extra insight on our main character Mia. Honestly, the twists, action, and mystery blended in this book is just fascinating and very gripping. It's a really interesting story after you get over the footnotes and the slower pace at the beginning. The pace at the beginning isn't even that slow compared to some fantasy novels I've read. This is actually a very well developed and well rounded fantasy I've read in a while.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Skip the footnotes! So. I'll start by saying that in the beginning, I found myself getting SO annoyed with this book. If ever I do meet this author, there is one question that I must have answered: What on earth possessed him to include all those annoying, NOT humourous in the slightest, footnotes? I really struggled with the book, in the beginning, only because of them. The story itself was exciting and fast-paced, but almost EVERY SINGLE PAGE, especially in the beginning, was at least 1/3 footnotes! Dry, boring, factual footnotes. They were like a giant stop sign, immediately pulling you out of the story. Was there really no way to include that information in the body of the novel? Most of the information wasn't at all necessary to the movement of the plot. It wasn't until I made the great decision NOT to make myself read them anymore that I started really enjoying the story. I really don't feel like I missed much. In fact, one of the big "reveals" towards the end was, in my opinion, not nearly as exciting as it could have been because when it was mentioned towards the beginning of the story, I was too distracted and annoyed by footnotes to pay attention! Okay, enough about the footnotes. I really enjoyed a lot of the characters. Never mind the fact that I guessed at least a couple of the "twists" at the end; it was still an enjoyable, fast-paced read for me. This book was predictable in some ways, yet not predictable at all, if that makes any sense. I was really surprised by a few of the reveals towards the end, including the death of someone I thought was important to the story. (That's not really a spoiler: the whole book is about assassins and death. If you're turned off by blood and gore, this isn't the right book for you, because there is a lot of that in this book!) It's another one of those books that had me stuck in the bathtub for a couple of hours because I just had to get to the end of the book and didn't notice the time passing! Godsgrave just came out and I'm hearing a lot of excited buzz about it, so I can't wait to read it. (I just really hope it's not half full of footnotes!)
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read This Book Now!!! This book... I... I can't even. I don't know where to begin. I'm honestly lost at where to begin here. My first and foremost thoughts are: "There aren't enough stars for me to rate how much I loved this book. How it's going to keep me up for ages." I've seen it everywhere and knew it would be good. I didn't know it would be one of the best books I've ever read, period, and that it would become a book I will look to when I need to think about beautiful writing, a flowing story, crushing action, and stellar world-building. I haven't fallen this deep in love with a new series in a while, and NEVERNIGHT knocked it out of the park in every way. Even from the gorgeous maps, I could see this would be a world like nothing I've ever read. And it was. Holy gods, IT WAS. The level of detail is incredible. This is a world you fall into the second you become engaged, which, thanks to Kristoff's spectacular skill, happens very, very fast. The lore is extensive and rich, making you truly believe that this could be somewhere that exists in an alternate dimension. The story was amazing on every level. Surprising, complex, and chocked full of heart-pounding action that led to a climax worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster. The twists crushed me, and even the one I sensed might happen still rocked me to my core and brought tears to my eyes. The characters are exceptional. Everyone, even the side characters, has a story and a personality different from other YA characters. I could go on about them (especially since I LOVE Tric), but I'll focus on our main hero, Mia. She. Is. AWESOME. A complicated, multi-layered warrior woman with a traumatic past, a tender heart at her core, and power that actually frightens me at times. She is the definition of a powerful female character, and in my opinion, is right up there with Celaena Sardothien and Katniss Everdeen. This is a book that doesn't just live up to the hype––it surpasses it. I completely understand why people are so obsessed with it, and can't blame them. I'm going to recommend it to every person I know. Honestly, I am completely in love with this book, this world, and these characters. I'm itching to start the second book, because one is not enough. I need more!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Gave up on this The writing style was awful and nothing happened for the first 100 pages
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read!! The start is a bit slower....but its worth reading through! Such a great book!
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow! What an exciting read! I had a feeling that I was going to love this one but I was nervous because of all the hype. I didn't want to be disappointed. I'm glad I waited a little bit to read it though, I think it helped. This book started off too slow for me. The first couple chapters switched from two different perspectives of the same person but different times. I was SO confused until about chapter 4 where I finally figured out what was going on. That was probably the only bad thing about this book though. Once you a few chapters in it's less confusing but it's still a teeny bit slow until our characters make their way to the super scary school of assassins. Too often the middle section of a book gets boring. I was glad to see this is where Nevernight picked up the pace and sucked me in. I loved the idea of the kids working on winning their different tests but it was impossible to tell which person was going to win which one. Just when you thought you had it figured out, half of them die and you're left clueless again. It was fantastic! I'm always looking for book that will surprise me! Now the ending. My poor heart could hardly take it. Just when it's starting to take a sad turn BAM all hell breaks lose and there's action everywhere! Almost everyone is dead and the characters you trusted are horrible and you have no idea what's happening anymore! It was beautiful. I was so lost in the action that I hardly realized the book had ended. It was that addicting! Mia was a great main character to follow. She made mistakes but she really did learn from them and used them to her advantage even. She was one smart cookie (though not smart enough to figure out who was betraying her!). I also thought Mister Kindly was great, though maybe not as nice as he leads us to believe... There's a lot of what ifs happening at the end of this book. I also wanted to say a quick note about the writing style. Holy geez it was beautiful! I've noticed that a lot of authors who have the pretty writing figured out lack in character development or plot building but that wasn't the case here and I was SO thankful for that! Finally a book which gorgeous writing that's actually good! I'm really looking forward to the sequel!
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Slow start, but you just need to make it through the first 100 pages
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS Absolutely loved this book, took me a couple times to pick up because the first few chapters were a little slow but it picked up fast and never stopped.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Impressive The amount of detail put into world building blew my mind. There's so many little things here and there that add so much more to the story, to the narrator, to the world itself. Although one downside to the footnotes is that at the beginning, it feels really slow because the long historical context footnotes pause the story, give us a bunch of information, and then resume, but then lacks the substance that's needed for it to continue strong. There are also some dark parts of the story that contains a lot of gore, so trigger warning here I guess. All in all, I'd definitely recommend to any fantasy lovers.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from VERY dark but great I wish that this book had a 30 page preface rather than footnotes throughout. I found the footnotes (especially the longer/historical ones) took away from the narrative of the story rather than adding to it. This said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is darker than dark, and surprisingly sexually explicit at times, but the characters are fascinating and the history/world building is well done. A great read for folks who enjoyed Pierce Brown's Red Rising but wanted there to be more magic and less space travel.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Put me in such a reading slump! This novel was so captivating once i got over the first 5 chapters, honestly the the beginning was difficult at first to get throw, but once you do past the initial hurdle - you end up reading the novel until to end.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow beginning It has honestly taken a few months for me to really get into this book and I still haven't finished it yet, mostly because the beginning is so painfully slow to me. Once the book picks up then it is seriously amazing. It is a pretty dark fantasy which isn't always my favorite, which is why I'm still reading it. If you like dark fantasy then you will love this book. If you don't...it will most likely take a while for you to get into this book and finish it.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow to Start I was very excited to finally be able to pick up Nevernight and read it for myself. The very focus of the book – a young assassin with a vendetta – is definitely right up my alley for popular story tropes right now, so obviously I had to read it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, however I must be blunt here – Nevernight was slow to get going, and it took me several days to get into the book. Kristoff had a long build-up, with somewhat off-putting parallel scenes and footnotes, which made it difficult for the reader to immediately get into the flow of the book. Despite this, should the reader soldier on through a somewhat rough (but potentially necessary) slow, info laden start, there’s quite a spectacular story to be had. Overall, Nevernight was an intriguing read, and definitely a great addition to the Adult Fantasy genre. It was unlike anything I’ve read thus far, and I am excited to read more from Kristoff as this plot continues. However, the dull, drawn out introduction to the story cannot be ignored, and it definitely took away from my overall love for this book. That being said, Kristoff made up for it with his fantastic storytelling abilities and intriguing characters, so I think we can forgive him for a little bit of info-dumping.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from If you like your fantasy dark, then this book is for you... Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. For me, Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight was a very slow-building epic fantasy adventure that I initially had trouble committing to. I think it was hard to start because the author was trying to do too many things: set up the other books in the trilogy, world-build, and introduce the main characters. However, the book ended up flipping around so much between flashbacks, current state and future state, and the different narrative voices (more on that to come) that I ended up being totally confused for the first 200 pages until the pace picked up. Then it became steady, and from there, fascinating (specifically the parts when the training occurs). For those readers who persevere beyond the beginning, the reward is a story that is unique, high fantasy, and very creative. One drawback (other than the slow build) to talk about is the contradictory narrative voice. One moment Kristoff’s epic style of writing (and the use of many descriptors), the next, there is a complete shift involving lots of sassy comments in the footnotes. Another thing to note is that the footnotes are giant and take up half the page. They include a lot of random content about the made up religions in the Nevernight world. I could definitely see this story appealing to a YA (young adult) audience; it has gore and sex galore. In the story, the assassins are trained in the seductive arts and are given new faces (and other body parts) in order to sexually appeal to their marks. They are then supposed to kill their marks while they are distracted during sex. Overall, since that's not a great message for a teen, anyone looking to read this book should be an older teen or an adult. In addition, there is a lot of graphic death and gore, torture, people are fed to pigs, there is decapitation, people are flayed alive, people are poisoned, there is swimming in pools of pig blood (that’s how you can magically travel), and there are descriptions of people having their guts cut out, etc. In all, it felt like Kristoff was trying to do a type of story made popular by George R. R. Martin (i.e., there are many characters introduced, the reader falls in love with many of the characters, and then they die). I would be curious to read the second book to see if the style at the beginning of Nevernight continues or if Kristoff succeeds in a flowing storyline through the entire book. I rate this 2.5 stars, rounded up to three.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark and Delicious Nevernight- the book early reviewers either loved or hated. This made me extra cautious going into the story but it did not dim my excitement at getting my hands on a copy. I was ready to find out which side I'd be on. Guess what? I loved it! Nevernight had the most bizarre beginning and for the first couple pages I didn't know what to make of it. There was a strong sense of déjà vu but it was definitely done on purpose. The wordings were meticulous. Moving into the story, I loved how complexity was slowly layered on. As promised (and warned by others) Nevernight brings everything, not shying away from graphic violence and sex scenes. Mia is such a pleasant surprise! She completely exceeded any of my expectations. I was expecting a heartless, scheming b***h instead, I got a fierce, determined girl. She can be brutal and calculating but she most definitely had a conscience. A very strong one. The darkness didn't own her. It was a part of her and I was thrilled to see her embrace it. I hope we get to explore more of Mia's unique ability in the coming books. "The brighter the light, the deeper the shadow." (p. 318). Mia is honourable- a true hero to me. There's such unexpected humour from the characters of Nevernight. The not-cat is an excellent companion. Not-cat (what a great literal name) is always truthful and above all loyal. Where can I find myself one? ;) Tric was just wonderful. My heart broke for his story. Ash and her nothing-held-back attitude made me really laugh. I'm really curious to see how these characters will fare after that ending. I must say I did not love those footnotes. I mostly found them to be cumbersome to read though they were funny at times and provided insight into the world. Mr. Kristoff does such a fabulous job of hiding the plot twists in plain sight. Clever distractions. I gasped when the major twist was revealed. I was so torn but it made perfect sense. Even with the slow start, Nevernight was a thrill of a ride. This book did not hold back. Jay Kristoff did not hold back. Best experience all of this for yourself! Pick up a copy of Nevernight if you're a fantasy love who loves a story that holds nothing back.
Date published: 2016-08-22

Editorial Reviews

"Launching the Nevernight fantasy series, Kristoff (the Lotus War trilogy) creates a splendid world of corruption and violence. Kristoff portrays a world as rife with villains and treachery as the ancient Italian civilizations it echoes. Absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness, this beginning promises (and delivers) equal shares of beauty and decay. With a delicate balance of the ancient and the magical, this tense and brutal tale is unflinching, thrilling, and satisfying." - Publishers Weekly, starred review on Nevernight"A sensuous, shades-of-moral-gray world; a compelling, passionate heroine; a high-stakes quest for revenge-this is a fantasy fans won't be able to put down."-Kirkus on Nevernight"The world-building is delightfully detailed, its baroque flourishes supplied by sarcastic footnotes, but we are drawn through the narrative by Mia's triple quest: to rescue her family members, to avenge her father's death and to survive her education at the church, where the ultimate test is to avoid being killed by the training." -The Daily Mail on Nevernight"Assassins, magic, strange creatures are all pluses for me. But my favorite thing about this book is the voice...I adore well-done omniscient narrators with snark and a slight bit of disdain for either the reader or the main character."-Book Riot on Nevernight"Kristoff's bold writing style...joins lyrical high fantasy with f-bombs aplenty, Pratchett-like humor and unflinching descriptions of violence."-SciFiNow"Harry Potter meets The Lies of Locke Lamora"-USA Today"The innovative setting, fast-moving plot, vivid descriptions, and thrilling action scenes make this a refreshing addition to the steampunk canon." - Publishers Weekly, starred review on Stormdancer"Soars higher than the arashitora Kristoff writes about; superb." - Kirkus, starred review on Stormdancer"Stormdancer is an intoxicating joyride into steampunklandia with a magical dose of mythology, the supernatural, violence, dystopian themes, and a top-notch brassy heroine who rivals Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games. Yes, I did say that!" -Huffington Post"Murder, magic, sex, and humor-the first installment in Kristoff's new fantasy series is off to a rollicking start... Kristoff has created a rich, vibrant world for readers, borrowing heavily from historical Italian political structures, which provide a base of stability and familiarity to the new creations. Footnotes accompany the story,...embellishing and further developing the world, and providing a welcome and often biting wit. Dense and measured, this will appeal to fans of traditional and political fantasies."-Booklist