Review: Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicles #1) by Jay Kristoff ~~ The Sassmasmer Assassins

26114463Book: Nevernight
Series: The Nevernight Chronicle #1
Author: Jay Kristoff
Date of Publication: August 9, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Genre: ya, fantasy, fiction, magic
Source: library
Pages: 429

5Bean - Copy


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?

My Thoughts:

This book was bloody brilliant and exactly what you could ever want from a fantasy adventure.  A captivating, violent story that introduced me to characters who were the kings and queens of sass.  Not only this but it’s about assassin training, where they come from and what they go through to become killing machines.

We follow Mia as she seeks vengeance on those who destroyed her family.  The poor thing is terrified of the world around her, but luckily Mister Kindly is there to help her out.  Through her ability to manipulate darkness and shadows she is one super badass character who I can’t wait to see where she goes.  Mia is the queen of all sarcastic and sassy comebacks and had me laughing (but I felt the need to wrap her in a blanket and keep her safe, but she would probably just stab me if that happened) throughout the book.

This challenged the traditional ideas of good verses bad for me as well, which I loved! The entire goal is vengeance for Mia and she makes that clear to everyone she meets.  But I find myself rooting for the assassin here and it makes me super excited to hear about her adventures and the things that she is somehow able to figure out.

The entire story flowed together super well and I can’t wait to hear what comes next.  It’s been a while since I’ve been completely sucked into a book to the point where you could have set the building around me on fire and I wouldn’t probably not have noticed until I caught on fire or the couch I was snuggled on or the book (heavens forbid!) and I miss that!!  That was a long sentence.  Moving on! I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a fantasy adventure book .though I warn you it is not for the faint of heart.  There is blood, my friends, all of the blood! Five beans from me no hesitation!


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