Get ready for so many twist and turns, your head will spin! This book was seriously amazing! You can put me firmly in the camp that loved this book.
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?
So, this book is definitely not “Young Adult” as Goodreads suggest in their shelves. There is sex, violence, language, and badass assassins, so definitely go into the book expecting all of that.
What I noticed a lot in the reviews was that people had trouble with the writing, and while I can definitely see why that would be the case, I loved the writing. It reminded me of classic books, such as J.R.R. Tolkien (where he goes into descriptive details) and history books. Once you get past the first few chapters, adjusting to the writing, the story moves along at a fast pace. I quickly became obsessed with this story. Nevernight reminded of different worlds mashed together–Roman (Julius Caesar era), Reformation era–and I think that is part of why I loved this book so much.
Of course, I also loved it because Mia is a badass chick who could wipe me all across the floor without breaking a sweat (also, she loooooves books, so you know I love her just for that).
“The book we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us.“
After witnessing her father being hung for a traitor, and her mother put in prision (and narrowly escaping being killed herself), she sets out for revenge by becoming a disciple of the Red Church–where assassins are trained (think Vampire Academy or Harry Potter, except bloodier).
“Too many books. Too many centuries.”
This was a bloody, ruthless read, with characters that you can’t help but love. There were so many unexpected twists, that most of the story I was biting my nails, waiting for the next dreaded turn that would happen.
This was a “stay-awake-until-you-can’t stay-awake-anymore-read’, it was that good.
My Rating: 5/5 stars