Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Published: 25 July 2016
Format: Hardback, 448 pages
Synopsis: Mia Corvere is a student in death, training to become the deadliest assassin so that she can keep her promise of revenge to her 10 year old self. She is Chosen and has the gifts of shadows, however to get her vengeance, she must be at the top of her game in trials and classes where one misstep could be her end.
This world is a twist on Ancient Rome set in a Venetian landscape. It’s with books like these that you see the amount of research undertaken to bring the story alive. As a fan of the film Gladiator (and an even bigger fan of the book Blood and Sand), I really appreciated that attention to detail and the level of effort that was put into making this world that much more believable.
I liked Mia from the beginning. Don’t ask me why, or how, or any other useless question because I couldn’t tell you. And you bet that I liked her even more by the end of the last full stop. She has balls but she doesn’t waste her bravery. She has brains but she doesn’t shout about it. She has skill but uses it when needed. I admired her drive and determination, her reasoning utterly understandable. Mister Kindly also won me over and man do I wish for a not-cat made of shadows!
There were a lot of surprises within this story, twists and turns galore. One of those surprises were actually the footnotes. I mean, I’m used to seeing them in textbooks or non-fiction works, not a fantasy novel. Not only that, but they were funny? And added nothing to the story. You could leave the footnotes, skipping them entirely throughout the book and still have the same story in your head as me, although you might see it a tad duller. But I like the book gives you that option.
I sat on the rating of this book for a while. I was torn between 4 and 5 stars and I couldn’t tell you why I was sat on that fence. In the end, I decided that if it wasn’t a clear cut 5 star review, then I should just accept that it belonged in the 4 star category. It took me longer to read than most (I have a lot of distractions at home currently) and so I guess the stop-start nature of my reading was partly to blame for the view I have on it, however, I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed the escape this book brought. It was cleverly written and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this trilogy.
“The brighter the light, the deeper the shadow.”
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