Clearly worth every page! Jay Kristoff has built another incredible world in The Nevernight Chronicles and though the subject is dark, The Red ChurchClearly worth every page! Jay Kristoff has built another incredible world in The Nevernight Chronicles and though the subject is dark, The Red Church who worship the dark and train assassins that bathe in blood. Not to mention the world with three suns that is rarely fully dark and when it is....And the graveyard of the world and the justice...oh I could go on but, I won't. And, neither does Jay Kristoff. I know some complained about his complex world building in his first series, Stormdancer particularly. I enjoyed it immensely and yet, I haven't read the other two in the series because I know they are going to break my heart. Nevernight gets that right out of the way and tells you our deadly assassin heroine is dead right out front. So, there is no holding out hope. We just don't know when she dies. And this book is as bloody as Stormdancer with love and loss and broken hearts and yet....Mr. Kristoff is very clever in the way he pulls the reader in, his narrator giving little footnotes of information that gives us the world building without it being too much. Teasing us with little hints of humor and mysteries that haven't been resolved in Nevernight. Even though this book is filled with dark themes and the setting is dark and heavy with the sense of what's to come, I didn't feel the weight of it as much as I do in other books with this same tone. It is not light reading by any means. The levity is brief and spare, and yet, it took me just enough out of the story that I didn't feel overwhelmed by the grief and pain and raw emotion. It's good. It's really good. I can't believe it's 448 pages because it flew by for me. I'm already waiting for the second and third books. There is just nothing like this story out there. It's got all the things I love- vengeance, a female character kicking ass and handing grown men their heads on a stick, a little magic, surprise and a little romance. And always a world I could never imagine until I read it with my own eyes and it rises up off the pages before me.
I recommend this for the 16 and older set with the language, violence and sex. But I do highly recommend this one....more
First, I'm so happy this is a series because there is way too much going on for one book. I've read some of the reviews that were less than favorableFirst, I'm so happy this is a series because there is way too much going on for one book. I've read some of the reviews that were less than favorable and I wonder if listening to the audio would have made a difference. Hearing Lily's voice as she spoke and thought was what really grabbed my attention. Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely Series was one of my first YA reads and I completely adored it. Marr has a way with the Fae.
I guess I should be more clear, I listened to the audio of this book. The narrator made all the characters come to life and I found myself making excuses to put my headphones on and getting more than a little irritated when I was interrupted.
Lily White is a great character, one that I love to listen to. She's not always right, but she tries to stay true to herself without harming others. She's unexpectedly loyal, flawed, a devoted daughter, and diplomatic all while managing a fiery crush/ romance.
Lily's fellow characters range from a stodgy loyal Zephyr to the sensuous Creed to a sultry Alchemy and hot and cold Violet. Everything from parentage, to environmental politics to revenge is addressed in the storyline. Though it has a tidy ending, I'm looking forward to the sequel and yes I will listen to the audio again....more
I listened to the audio of this book as I have with all of the books in this series. The time it took for me to finish this book does not reflect theI listened to the audio of this book as I have with all of the books in this series. The time it took for me to finish this book does not reflect the quality of the book. I just couldn't concentrate as I believe this series requires a little more attention than some others. There are a lot of characters already, but in this, the fourth book in this series, even more characters are added. I highly recommend the audio and this series but you must start with the first book and go through the series in order. ...more
It took until page 95 before I was really invested in the life of Nora and what had happened. Someone had already given me a teaser which is why I picIt took until page 95 before I was really invested in the life of Nora and what had happened. Someone had already given me a teaser which is why I picked up the book in the first place. This is where everything began to happen. Creepy things, mean things, old wounds being knifed open. There's a little too much musing about the surroundings for me, too descriptive but other than that, this is a solid suspense novel that kept me up until 3am to see it to the end....more
Excellent thriller! I don't read thrillers often because I usually cheat and read the ending before I finish the book. But because I read it in one daExcellent thriller! I don't read thrillers often because I usually cheat and read the ending before I finish the book. But because I read it in one day, I was able to keep from cheating. Also, I couldn't figure out what was truth and what was the lie. This is a quick read, not gory but very suspenseful. I have all of this author's books, yet this is the first one I've read. I'm looking forward to reading those and her upcoming adult thriller....more