This brings me to what was certainly my least favourite part of Nevernight – the ever present footnotes. He was inside her – it was inside her – so hard and real she couldn’t help but cry out, biting her lip to muffle the flood. Now, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic – the Red Church.
Watched her mother dragged to a hellhole of a prison, a fate worse than death, her baby brother at her side. Yes, Kristoff is a witty writer. Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. The writing is (for me) perfect and beautiful (perhaps because it is exactly what I have always aimed for as a writer), and I felt the language was very suited to the story. There weren’t enough hints leading up to it that it kinda felt somewhat “meh” when the conclusion was determined. I am sincerely hoping that we will learn more about the Darkin and see Mia’s powers grow in subsequent novels, as I feel that this direction could be very intriguing and complex, leading Mia and Mister Kindly (who is arguably my favourite character), on quite the adventure. Kristoff borrows a lot from ancient Rome and since I am a huge Roman history buff, this suited me to a tee. Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. That really saves the book, because as long as you can get used to a certain amount of smug one-liners and gratuitous snark (in the narration itself, not the dialogue), the ACTUAL female MC really is well-written and believable. Many readers felt that they had the murderer pinned from the get-go, but I suppose we should have known Kristoff wouldn’t hand us the answer that easily. I personally think the narrator is her cat/demon/sidekick, but we're never told specifically who it is. She vowed then to become the best assassin she could, to avenge their deaths in any way possible - and that's how she finds herself, six years later, entering the Church of the Lady of Blessed Murder, set to train to become the deadliest Blade of all. She does mildly flirt with (or more accurately, IS flirted with BY) another a girl, and it seems like being attracted to multiple genders is just a casual thing in this world, but bisexual is never used and there's not much sense of the MC being attracted to any women. No, this isn't YA, but my god, I'm so glad it isn't. And it's true for many of the other characters she encounters.
I picked up this book because the cover was stark in contrast and I like the colors. -... Read More ». You also don't have to read the footnotes, although they do provide some interesting world-building. ( Log Out / Change ), What I’ve Watched: Altered Carbon season 2, What I’ve Watched: Altered Carbon season 1.
Wonderful characters that tug on your heartstrings while also making you cackle with murderous glee, a world that is so dark and intricately crafted that it feels so real, some spiciness that comes out of left field and seriously leaves you wanting more, a dramatic tone that amps up so hard at the end that it leaves you breathless. I love all the background information and worldbuilding Mr. Kristoff does. Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic-the Red Church. Also, the one death that happened at the end was way too undervalued. ( Log Out / But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the hearth of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined. I like real life, real emotions, real fails, and sometimes I feel like these stories lack an audience. Same. During this vision, the memories she had forgotten regarding her role in the TrueDark massacre are revealed. I loved this book. This is my first book by Jay Kristoff, but I was totally immersed from the first sentence. The cast of characters surrounding her is just so well-drawn and detailed too, from Tric to Ashlinn to Hush to the Shahiids to Naev, Adonai...literally everyone. Kristoff continues his prowess of writing throughout the novel, producing a fantastic bit of storytelling (with or without the footnotes). It was unlike anything I’ve read thus far, and I am excited to read more from Kristoff as this plot continues. Sure most of the characters are teenagers, this world is as dark and gritty as they come. Personally, I simply stopped reading the footnotes, unless there was something I truly didn’t understand. The second is the underlying murder mystery, which finally comes to the surface at the conclusion of the novel. And Jay's writing style. Her interaction with the non-cat shadow (named Mister Kindly no less!) I also loved the snarky footnotes too! Following his death, his familiar, now tied to Mia (in addition to Mister Kindly), divulges that Cassius was never interested in exploring the nature of his powers. The world-building is absolutely stellar too and deserves all of the attention alongside the characters inhabiting it. Revenge. Nevernight (Book) : Kristoff, Jay : "In a world where the suns almost never set, a woman gains entry to a school of infamous assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers that destroyed her family. Also, the first 100-150 or so pages has a lot of world building so the pacing was a bit slower- but don't let that stop you! I would not have a problem with my kids (who are 7, 8, 10, 12) reading this when they are 15 or 16, when it would make more sense to them. Nevernight (Book) : Kristoff, Jay : "In a world where the suns almost never set, a woman gains entry to a school of infamous assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers that destroyed her family. Mia Corvere watched her father swing at age ten. The reader knows what is happening, but to see it written to mean two different things is amazing.
The world-building doesn't info-dump too much, but still gives enough description that I felt like I could picture it.
If you're looking for a dark but sophisticated fantasy, I definitely recommend this book. 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. Itreya seems to be built on the Roman Empire, a place at the apex of its power, constantly conquering and expanding. Beyond anything else, this highlights that Mia has no idea what the true extent of her powers could be (although we can assumed they’ll be catastrophic to her enemies after that snapshot), and the extent to which Mia struggles with the traumas of her past. Jay's writing is top notch and I absolutely enjoyed his captivating world building and phenomenally written, morally grey characters. This is all to say, that the mythology, history, structure, geography and every detail of this world have been fully imagined and planned, and it's beautiful. Anyway! Gave up after a few pages. I recommend this book to anyone who loves an amazing fantasy novel with amazing world building, lyrical and flowing prose and a love for twisted, macabre stories where you might have a protagonist but there are certainly no good guys. I really loved the world. Excited to get the next installment. For the most part, this story was 3rd person limited POV (nearly all from Mia’s), but there were times when it went into 3rd person omniscient. Jay Kristoff has quickly become one of my favorite authors to read. Let’s start with the beginning – it is f*cking brilliant! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The two become steadfast friends early on, assisting each other through the trials they face in the Red Church (both physically and emotionally), despite a plethora of quarrels. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Kristoff is a masterful world builder. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. This book is everything I love about fantasy. She portrays herself as self-assured and capable, despite her private fears and hidden horrors. Almost unearned. It does feel like this organization actually could hide and operate in secret. The beginning was filled with footnotes as well, which reduced as the plot progresses. Writer, Reader, & Watcher of all things Fantasy and Geekery. The footnotes. However, the trials are only beginning for Mia and the other Acolytes, and in a world where murder is not only accepted, but encouraged, and taught, the path to Mia's revenge will be anything but smooth.
I thought it was a YA book. 'Nevernight' is also part of a suspenseful series so there's more to come! Nevernight (Book) : Kristoff, Jay : In a world where the suns almost never set, a woman gains entry to a school of infamous assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers that destroyed her family. The fate of her mother and infant brother was a point of interest for me, because, while Kristoff revealed that they had been sent to the Philosopher’s Stone, he never divulged how Mia knew for certain they were dead. Mister Kindly, her shadow – cat (he is literally made of shadows), swallows her fear, feeding himself, but also allowing Mia to sleep soundly, without the horrors from her past overcoming the present. INTO THE NEVERNIGHT starts a bit slow but enables the reader to fully understand the traits and motives of Owen and Miriam. The characters are morally ambiguous, and political machinations and plots abound, although Mia Corvere's goal in life is simple--kill those who killed her family.
Oh my god!! Like literally the exact same pacing & sentence structure (with very few word changes) to invoke a complete different meaning. I've been writing since 2011 and have felt so alone sometimes because I like a raw story without all the pretense. That is, until Mia (in a moment of hard-headed bravery) forces Mister Kindly to take Tric’s pain during the whipping instead of her own, launching herself into a pain-induced vision of sorts. He and his four daughters are the primary deities of the Itreyan Republic. Despite that large flaw, I felt the setting and plot carried the book and made it an interesting read.
The. Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. ( Log Out / World-building is a strength of Kristoff's, who packed a lot of the details into the footnotes along with some humor.
Her only motivation is revenge against those who killed her family. I also liked the minimal magic systems within it.
While the footnotes will likely appeal to those who are especially interested into the lore of the Nevernight world, they weren't for me. Similar to Marcella's EO super abilities in 'Vengeance', Mia too has a powerful talent. You go to read the (potentially long) footnote, then must try to find your place on the page above, and get back into the flow of the plot. I hate that when the author bleeds into other characters’ heads without warning then back to another. Please read Anjulie’s brilliant post about it. I gave up once but got the book again because I had a hunch it would turn out to be good and was right. ( Log Out / The book itself is very good, but I'm taking off half a star because the narration is super hard to get into. Jay has crafted this brutal, corrupt reality and, without overwhelming the reader at any point, fully drawn all of us into it. I just can't think of anything about this that I didn't like. The opening line is, and I quote here, "People often shit themselves when they die". I adored it. Although I'm not particularly thrilled to immerse myself into another lengthy story crammed with figurative descriptions anytime soon, Kristoff's storytelling abilities have persuaded me to at least consider reading the sequels.
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