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 the winner of two Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over twenty-five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 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.
The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.
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?
I really don’t understand how there are people who didn’t like it even one bit. You are alll crazy if you don’t love this fantasy. I agree it is way out of the comfort zone of the average fantasy reader, but come on it has a classic smell all over it! And word building… If you love word play, metaphors and the English language at all, you should be head over hills what Kristoff has done! It is slow, heavy, grand, epic, emotional and thrilling read. In one word exquisite!
It all begin with a chapter told from two seemingly different perspectives, it chronicles two very different firsts, but uses almost the exact same words. If you get over that the further you go, the closer the two scenarios spun toward completion, and then it is over, you are completely smitten with Nevernight! the whole book is so epic and graphic that there is no way won’t visualise every single sentence! Kristoff has out of this world writing skills – an absolute magician!
This fantasy keeps you on your toes all the time, especially once you are all-in in the story line. I was constantly finding myself anticipating eagerly the next blood bath or plot twist, absolutely gripping!
I’d hate to compare it, because it is such an outstanding masterpiece, but if I absolutely had to it will be right there with Abercrombie, Lachlan, Tolkien, Martin, Le Guin and all the other great fantasy authors. If I could give it more than 5 I would give it 500000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 it is that good!