Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: The Nevernight Chronicles #1
Publication: 9th August 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books
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 received this book in my Illumicrate box last year and loved the look of it. I tried picking it up a couple of times but was never really in the mood for it and this is definitely a book you need to be in the mood for reading. It is very slow to get into, and throws a lot of information at you, but after about 30% (if you can make it that far) it really gets going.
The book flicks between the past and present. This means you are completely lost for the first few chapters but hold in there. It slowly builds up, giving you Mia’s back story and motivation. Once we actually get to the place where she begins training to be an assassin, things begin to get a lot clearer and interesting.
After the initial third of the book, things become a lot more fast pace.* We get violence, lots of death, sex and swearing. After all, they are training to be assassins. I loved that they’re not just trained in fighting, but also in poisons and seduction.
It was a solid first book and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes in the next book (it’s on my shelf ready and waiting). I ended up giving it a 3.5, but rounded up to 4 because of the painfully slow beginning.
*especially if you skip all those annoying footnotes.