Nevernight (Nevernight Chronicles #1)
by Jay Kristoff
Genre: High Fantasy
Bang Bang Rating: 1/2
Set on revenge, Mia Corvere trains to be a blade so that she can repay the Luminatii who killed her family and left her for dead.
The Good (THIS IS THE SPOILER FREE REVIEW. CLICK HERE FOR THE SPOILER REVIEW)
- World Building, obviously! So this is “Italy” and I’ve seen a lot of maps and I have to say, this is my favorite map. You can even see little houses and streets. This world is RICH with backstory and religion and tradition and politics and geography and internalized racism and classism and mythology. This is what I love about new worlds. If you are going to write something new, go for it and I think Kristoff did a great job.
- Story. Let me begin by saying that I’ve never read a Kristoff book. (I tried to read Illuminae three times but it was information overload for me and I couldn’t get passed page 50). Secondly, I thought this was YA until I got to the sexy part mid way through and had to do some investigating. Barnes and Noble has this as adult fiction and even though the main characters are teens, I agree with B&N.
Back to the writing. There was A LOT of information but Kristoff managed to avoid the dreaded info dump with footnotes-GENIUS! I will drop a whole star if a book info dumps-that’s how much I hate it.
Kristoff drops you right off in the middle of the story and works his way back and then forward and I was never confused. Kristoff’s writing is very descriptive and although I struggle with vivid novels, I was able to picture it. I would love to see the ending in a movie.
There is a great villain and some wonderful mentors. There are a lot of characters and there’s a competition to be the best but the characters were archetypes and well developed. I liked the use of shadows as characters.
There were several subplots and characters with mysterious backstories that kept the book intriguing. Even Mia’s backstory was a mystery for most of the novel. There were enough unanswered questions for the next book but it didn’t leave you with a huge hangover.
Can’t say too much without spoilers but clearly I enjoyed this book. If you want to read the spoilers, click here.
- Midway Slump. There was a point in the middle where I got a bit bored-about 50 pages or so.
- Mia and Tric. I got a bit angry at how she handled something in the end. I just didn’t think her reaction was realistic.
- There was a major part in the end that bothered me. I explain in the spoiler edition.
This book was great. It’s a well rounded fantasy and we don’t get that very often. The world and the characters were very refreshing. I’m extremely bummed that this isn’t YA but overall, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND NEVERNIGHT!