Nevernight has been recommended to me by so many bookbloggers that I feel a little bit ashamed with being so late reading this book.
The second Jill published her review back in September 2017 I’ve immediately been curious about the story and bought the book. As Nicci made her fotoshooting I found myself again excited to start reading this story. Still it took another half year until I finally began reading the Nevernight-Chronicals and let me tell you this: Nevernight is a masterpiece and one of the reasons I fell in love with reading itself in the first place.
Title: Nevernight | Author: Jay Kristoff | Number of pages: 384 | Genre: Fantasy | Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books | Price: 20,89 € [amazon] | ISBN: 9781250073020 |
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? [goodreads]
Epic. Humoristic. Powerfully eloquent.
The first words already fascinated me, soaked me into the story and didn’t let me off until I finished reading. Jay Kristoff has a style of writing compared to a poet, filled with sarcasm and a way of expressing that filled me with awe. By using well-placed footnotes (!), shocking incredible events and extremely interesting little stories here and there, he let us enjoy the entire book with deepest admiration. If only for his writing style this book is worth reading.
„Never Flinch.“ A cold whisper in her ear. „Never fear. And never, ever forget.“
Nevernight | Jay Kristoff
The book is told from the viewpoint of the omniscient narrator. He is telling us the story of Mia Corvere, a sixteen year old girl who plans to be one of the best assassins the world has ever seen and by becoming this powerful her motivation is the omni-present thought of revenge. The narrator obviously enjoys himself a lot by playing with the reader, leading us in completely wrong directions, letting out secrets and telling huge stories in the bloody footnotes. Sometimes he even sets Spoilers just to get us hooked on into reading further. He is enjoying himself a little bit to much by letting us know how much we don’t know yet und what big secrets still are open to discover. The author choses his style of writing deliberately by using modern language mixed up with a little time lapse into shakespears style. He is writting in that way with an impressive naturalness.
Naming your blade is the sort of faff reserved for heroes, girl. Men who have songs sung about them, histories spun for them, brats named after them. It’s the shadow road for you and me. And you dance it right, no one will ever know your name, let alone the pig-sticker in your belt. You’ll be a rumor. A whisper. The thought that wakes the bastards of this world sweating in the nevernight. The last thing you will ever be in this world, girl, is someone’s hero.“
-Mercurio | Nevernight | Jay Kristoff | page 13
The plot is violent and nothing for the squeamish. Jay Kristoff has written about events that let me shudder at the mere thought of it. He is telling this story without mercy, killing every now and then like it’s nothing to be sorry for. I catched myself not only once thinking: He didn’t dare! The author is using the moment of surprise on his behalf. We are getting mislead all the time and in perfect placed situations which were tensing up the whole plot.
At the heart of it, two kinds of people live in this world or any other: those who flee and those who fight. Your kind has many terms for the latter sort. Berserker. Killer instinct. More balls than brains.
– Narrator | Nevernight | Jay Kristoff | page 39
Through the first book we already get introduced to several characters. Just at the beginning a lot of events were happening and slowing down my reading rate, but in a good way. The bunch of information Jay Kristoff is orchestrating made me curious but I needed my time getting used to all the names and places plus all the stories behind them (footnotes!). But it didn’t tame my curiosity, on the contrary, it encouraged me into reading faster and consuming every inch of it. Although we get to know so many new characters Jay Kristoff is making them unforgettable. Every single one is important on its own.
„Nothing is where you start. Own nothing. Know nothing. Be nothing.“ „Why would I want to do that?“ The old man crushed out his cigarillo on the boards between them. His smile made her smile in return. „Because then you can do anything.“
– Mia & Mercurio | Nevernight | Jay Kristoff | page 110
Mias progress was particularly interesting for me. I wanted to know how she is getting along and most importantly: Will she accomplish her goals? I shared the thrill with her. Even as a reader I didn’t feel secure while reading this book. I was fearing for her safety, for her success and suffered every time she was suffering a setback.
The story is told in the past and the present in different intervals. Bit by bit we get to know Mia better, we get a feeling for who she became and more importantly: Why she became who she is now.
„I was hoping you could teach me.“ „What to believe?“ „What I am.“ „It matters not what you are“, Cassius said. „Only that you are. And if you seek an answer to some greater riddle of yourself, seek it not form me until you’ve earned it. In one measure, and one measure alone, you should be content. For in this, if nothing else, we are the same.“
– The Black Prince & Mia | Nevernight | Jay Kristoff | page 205
Besides the plot and the fascinating characters we got introduced into a whole new world. Jay Kristoff was playing with the worldbuilding making a mess of the course of the day and altering the laws of nature. At the same time he is mixing parts of our own world into the story, using it perfectly to fit the course. Every detail is placed just about right to let all the events taking place in exact the right way.
“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.”
Nevernight | Jay Kristoff
Nevernight is a masterpiece with a detailed and deeply outlined plot. Though the themes are violent, the sarcasm of the narrator is playing along wonderful with the mind of the reader. This book is nothing you can read in-between. It will mesmerize you page by page. The narrator and the main idea of this story have been the reasons why I deeply fell in love with this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who is seeking a phenomenal new world with bad-ass characters and plot twists that will drive you crazy. It will perfectly fit for fans of Throne of Glass and the Harry Potter series – but be aware that this book is not made for young readers! The scenes are written bloody, violently and with a quite sexy note.