From New York Times bestselling author, Jay Kristoff, comes a dangerous new fantasy world and a heroine edged in darkness.
WINNER OF THE THE AUREALIS AWARD FOR BEST FANTASY NOVEL
Mia Corvere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.
Destined to destroy empires, the child raised in shadows made a promise on the day she lost everything: to avenge herself on those that shattered her world.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, and Mia must become a weapon without equal. Before she seeks vengeance, she must seek training among the infamous assassins of the Red Church of Itreya.
Inside the Church's halls, Mia must prove herself against the deadliest of opponents and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and daemons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Church is no ordinary school. But Mia is no ordinary student.
‘If you love Robin Hobb or George R.R. Martin, you will adore NEVERNIGHT’
‘With a delicate balance of the ancient and the magical, this tense and brutal tale is unflinching, thrilling and satisfying’
‘Joins lyrical high fantasy, Pratchett-like humour and unflinching descriptions of violence . . . something special’ SciFi Now
About the author
Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Lotus War, The Illuminae Files, and The Nevernight Chronicle. He is a winner of five Aurealis Awards, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books lists and published in over thirty-five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are.
Jay is 6’7’’ and has approximately 11,935 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world's laziest Jack Russell.
He does not believe in happy endings.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Nevernight begins with a warning. The book, our narrator tells us, will show no restraint and our heroine is “a girl who was to murder as maestros are to music.” Living up to its promise, this is a gory and fantastical epic starring Mia, a trainee teenage assassin out for revenge against the dastardly empire that took away her parents. Jan Kristoff takes clear pleasure in describing the evocative universe of Itreya: there are breathless battles against extraordinary beasts, feline sidekicks and steamy romances.
Launching the Nevernight fantasy series, Kristoff (the Lotus War trilogy) creates a splendid world of corruption and violence. Mia Corvere is the last survivor of her family's fall from grace in the capital city of Godsgrave. After witnessing her father's execution as a traitor and her mother and infant brother's imprisonment by the consul of the Itreyan Empire, she dedicates her life to bloody revenge. She escapes her own murder and has nothing left but shadows and the help of a pitiless tutor. Making the most of these meager treasures, she sets out to become a weapon fit to shatter an empire, though she may destroy her own world with it. 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.
Once in a lifetime kind of good
This book or series could very well be the opposite of sequacious. I am actively mourning having finished them, and if you are considering reading it, then I would one hundred percent say that you should. The characters are so well crafted and developed that I am shocked to my core that they aren’t real. Whilst I know Jay Kristoff didn’t write this book for me, some part of me is in disbelief that that wasn’t what occured, it was that good. This is ‘the book’. I don’t know whether it’s the books ferocious humour, or how Mia is probably the most (and I don’t use this word often for fear of being cringey, so that in itself says something) badass person to ever be written. All I know is that I am so glad I read this book. I will ‘never forget’ it.
This was hard to put down, at every turn of the page the story was unexpected, well crafted characters, wonderful read. This is an exceptional piece of writing and can’t wait to read no. 2
Intelligent writing at its best
Although the author gives warning that it’s not a pretty tale, I found nothing gratuitous about it at all, with every incident, twist and turn developing the characters. The absorbing progress of the antihero(ine) through fortune, misfortune and sheer hard work is a masterpiece of dry storytelling. There was humour to counterpoint the fatality as well.
The copious footnotes and explanations were a great addition, too. Looking forward to the next instalment!