• Noha Badawi

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Updated: Mar 28, 2019

“Too many books. Too few centuries.”

Back when this book was first released in 2016, I picked it up. I reached page 150 and then decided it was too much for me and that I’ll put it down for later. Flash-forward to 2019, It was picked as #Wordsbookclub ‘s read of the month and honestly I was happy to give it a second chance.

This time, it blew my brains away!! I’m serious, I don’t know what changed exactly in those 3 years but from the very first line, I knew that this time I’ll love it and indeed i did.

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.

“Iron or glass? they’d ask. She was neither. She was steel.” 

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?

Nevernight, Jay Kristoff,   St. Martin’s Press, August 9th 2016, Paperback, ISBN: 9781250132130, Rating: ★★★★★, 464 pages.

It’s always amazing when you pick up a book and you find yourself completely immersed in the story and unable to put it down at anytime during the day. This is what happened to me when reading #Nevernight. I read anytime I could; with my morning coffee before work, in the car on my way to work, I finished work faster so I could take a break and read …etc. You get the idea ! I was kidnapped into the world where the sun never sets and I didn’t want to return.

Just to be completely honest, this book is not for young-adult audience. Seriously, it has real violent and graphic scenes that I don’t think anyone under 18 should read.

She was atop him, knees pinning him down. His hand on her wrist and her stiletto at his throat. An age passed, somewhere between struggling and hissing and biting and begging, and finally the blade sank home, sharp and so astonishingly hard, sinking through is neck and scraping his spine. He drew sucking breath, perhaps to speak (but what could he say?) and she could see it in his eyes–pain, pain, O, Daughters, it hurt. It was inside.

Being a huge fan of Game of Thrones gory and violent didn’t bother me at all. Of course, you’ll find cringing in some scenes but the overall atmosphere was good and in sync with the story and our bad-ass main character: Mia Corvere. We can talk about her now right? *puppy-eyes*

‘Never Flinch.’ A cold whisper in her ear. ‘Never fear. And never, ever forget.’

I say this with complete belief and honesty, Mia is one of the very, very best and bad-ass female characters you will ever read about. She’s now officially on my favorites list and I don’t think there’re will come a character like hers.

Foul-mouthed, chain-smoking, bitch-faced murder-machine, what’s not to love?Jay Kristoff on Twitter

And indeed she is. Mia is not your typical goodie-good girl. She’s dark, and she enjoys being in the darkness. She suffered a lot as a child, watching her father being murdered, her mother waist away and brother dead. She’s set on vengeance and she will have it no matter the cost. With wit, brains and fear she starts training to become a Blade. Her morals needs a little bit of a slap on the face to set them right, but her heart knows what’s right and what’s wrong, she’s got a teeny-tiny bit of light inside of her and I hope to see it flourish a little in the next book.

“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, girl, is someone’s hero.” 

Not only a murder-machine and a bad-ass but a bookworm as well – pun intended –  And can you imagine when a girl like her loves to read ? Can you imagine how powerful, smart and terrifying she is. God, I love her.

“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.” 

My second favorite character in the story is of course: Mister Kindly. And I’m telling he is the only cat i’ll ever come close to loving. I hate cats to no end, but Mister Kindly won my heart over with his dark-sarcasm, his fast-wit and his sophisticated character. I can’t wait to see how he and Eclipse handle each-other; blood will be spilled i’m sure. I loved how diverse the entire cast of character were, but for me Mia outshone them all. I also wanted to get to know Cassius more; very interesting complex of a person.

“The brighter the light, the deeper the shadows”

Not only the characters were on-point but the world was extraordinary. I loved how Jay Kristoff through us right into it with hilarious footnotes to guide us through its history, mythologies and politics. I won’t say much about it because you need to experience it fully and wholly. This book is a true adventure one that you’ll fall completely in love with, embark upon and have no desire whatsoever to return. There won’t be a real cliffhanger in the end but you will want more.

“When all is bood, blood is all.” 

But beware, Jay Kristoff is an evil genius who knows damn right how to weave an addictive story.



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