Book Review – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I recently posted my review of the amazing Godsgrave, the second book in the Nevernight series. Then I realised I hadn’t actually posted a Nevernight review! What a wally 😉


nevernightMia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Destined to destroy empires, the child raised in shadows made a promise on the day she lost everything: to avenge herself on those that shattered her world.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, and Mia must become a weapon without equal. Before she seeks vengeance, she must seek training among the infamous assassins of the Red Church of Itreya.

Inside the Church’s halls, Mia must prove herself against the deadliest of opponents and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Church is no ordinary school, but Mia is no ordinary student.


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Ooh 4.5 stars to this excellent book! Murder, mayhem, plotting and scheming, smutty bits, potions, politics, backstabbing, and comedy, all in one book? Hells yes.

I mention the smutty bits as there are a couple of scenes that are definitely more mature! 😂 so it’s not really YA, or at least not a typical one. It’s not the focus of the book though, and only two or three scenes. Though given the epic death and violence in this book, I’d hope it wasn’t considered that way to start with! 😂😂

I really liked the writing style as an audio book – it works so well. And the footnotes are just the right side of irreverent and comedic. I get that they won’t work for everyone but I love them. Plus it’s a great way of shoving in loads of little details about the universe without it being an info dump.

Mia is a very focussed main character, but I like that she can get distracted by friends and fun. But she definitely needed to concentrate more in places hehe. Revenge is a great plot driver but I’m hoping that Godsgrave will move on from that a little (or to a different form perhaps), given the end of the book. I sort of want to see her settle into her life a little and then maybe take on the world. 😂 Her friendships (and more) are also lovely – I felt it was the right amount of camaraderie given they are all competing.

The process of competing to be a blade is BRUTAL too! Seriously scary.

And Mr Kindly. I love the not cat! I feel he’s likely going to be more sinister as things move on, but I still love him.


Buy Nevernight from Amazon UK

5 thoughts on “Book Review – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

  1. if Mia starts training as an assassin from 10, does she age to an older teenager in this first book? I’m assuming so, otherwise I must question the smutty content, lol.

    I had Red Sister on my TBR since the ‘badass young girl being taught how to kill’ plot sounded amazing, I might have to pick this up as well.

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