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(The Nevernight Chronicle #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  50,078 ratings  ·  9,583 reviews
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 he
Hardcover, 429 pages
Published August 9th 2016 by St. Martin's Press
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Jay Kristoff The setting is a collision between ancient Rome and merchant prince Venice. The world really started as a thought experiment - what would've happened …moreThe setting is a collision between ancient Rome and merchant prince Venice. The world really started as a thought experiment - what would've happened if Julius Caesar's bid to overthrow the Roman republic failed and the Republic itself survived to the middle ages?

With, you know, blood magic and living shadows and whatnot thrown in for good measure :)(less)

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Emily May
Jul 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, 2016, arc, dnf
"The three suns hanging on a chain about his throat tried to gleam, but the clouds in the crying sky told them no."

If I were to write a review in the style of this book, it would begin something like this:

I turned these pieces of former tree, the midnight ink recounting a narrative tumefied by metaphoric wanderings. It pained, O readers, it pained! Persevere, I thought. Quitting now would be a mark of failure, like a baby bird that flutters its wings for the very first time, stretching them
Jay Kristoff
Feb 01, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
NEVERNIGHT is a story about the daughter of a failed revolutionary, seeking revenge against her father's killers:


It's set in a place kinda like Hogwarts:

If Hogwarts was built in a place similar to certain gorgeous medieval city:

And was a school where, instead of learning magic and the true value of friendship, you learn to murder the shit out of people:

While there, our heroine must become a badass with the blade:


A master of poisons:


And an expert in the more . . . erm, subtle arts:


Plus ther
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Allow me to pay homage to the writing style of this book.

Finished the book. I sigh. Twisted my head. Arched my back like a mewling kitten towards its mother, hungry, afraid, an innocent newcomer in this cruel, cold world. My head ached. An unbelievable pain like a knife to the head, hilt broken like a katana sword struck by a bullet, in a fight between a samurai and a cowboy. I sat up. The chair let out a squeak, the noise of an newborn mouse. How can I describe the pain. The suffering! The eter
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Let me start by saying… HOLY SHIT.

Look, I doubted you my people. I sometimes don’t believe everyone when they rave about a book because too often I find they’re overhyped.

Well you were right, I should have believed you. So now that this is out of the way…

This. Was. Epic.

Loved the world, loved the magic system, loved the characters, loved the story, loved the humor... I JUST LOVED IT ALL.

The first chapter is straight up painful. The writing style won't be for everyone (I had no issues with it!).
Caz (littlebookowl)
This is a new favourite.

Upon a re-read, definitely a favourite. O, Pale Daughter, you have my heart.

*EDIT 2*
Still 5 stars after my third read. LOVE.
Victoria Schwab
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
F*ck. Me.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

There is nothing to begin. I’ve erased my review. The only reason I loved the book before is I thought Mia was a cool, bad-ass, bloody assassin and I fell in love with Tric! I never admitted to myself that I thought most of the book was boring. So, there you have it. And if anyone can give me pointers on selling stuff on eBay, I would appreciate it as I have a lot of Nevernight stuff to unhaul. Well, other things to but I digress!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cristina Monica
Oct 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
I can’t… finish this.

Just thinking about it makes my head ache.

The writing is so… thick. Like every message, action, description that is meant to reach the reader through it is compressed to the point where trying to dismantle it takes too much energy.

If that’s not a reason to prematurely close a book, I don’t know what is.

The truth is, I think I would have liked this, had it not been written in such a painful way and had it not possessed flashbacks meant, it seemed, more to confuse us than anyt
Cindy Pham
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. While I'm sure the worldbuilding is great, the writing style and portrayal of the main female character was too edgelord and catered by the male gaze for my tastes.
Feb 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
Victoria Schwab praised this book, I don't need more reasons to pick this up
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Melanie by: chai ♡
“The last thing you will ever be in this world, girl, is someone’s hero. But you will be a girl heroes fear.”

I feel like this book is extremely polarizing but if you love it, you will love it completely and whole heartedly. If you love it, you won’t be able to put it down. If you love it, you will probably consider it one of the best book you’ll read all year. And I loved it. I loved it so much. Even though, when I look through my friends’ reviews, I feel like I’m in the minority. Bu
Miranda Reads
4.5 stars

The brighter the light, the deeper the shadow.
Mia Corvere used to be the daughter of a respectable family but all that changes when her father is strung up for leading a rebellion.
'Never Flinch.' A cold whisper in her ear. 'Never fear. And never, ever forget.'
The girl nodded slowly.
Exhaled the hope inside.
Just ten years old, Mia watches her father dance at the end of a rope and silently swears revenge upon them all.

But in order to extract her revenge, she first need
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

UPDATE : Because it seems that Nevernight wasn't shitty enough as it was, it also shows problematic rep for Maori. Please read Anjulie's brilliant post about it.

MY EYES, O, MY EYES! O, gentlefriends, you may not approve of my decision to rate Nevernight with a severe and lonely star given the fact that I failed to finish it. But I tried, O, gentlefriends, trust me, I tried, yet completing the task of reading all 18,695 pages of this wonder-

There are only 448 pages...

Oh, FUCK OFF, the cat "wh
your friendly reminder that i did not care for this book, and my full review is up now on my blog:

now i'm going to hide.


I simply cannot believe how much I hated this book.

It was on my currently reading shelf for five months. At one point, I noticed I left it in a friend's apartment and I didn’t even mention it for days. Eventually, after weeks passed without me opening the book and I remained unable to even gaze upon it without shuddering,
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
2/2/20: taking bets now as to whether or not this reread ends with me reading DARK DAWN. #idontreadlastbooks #issues

There seems to be some confusion on the YA/not YA nature of this book, so let the record show, in response to the question, "Are your books YA or not?" on his website FAQ, Kristoff replied:

THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE is a different beast. The protagonist is a sixteen year old girl. Does that automatically make it YA? My editors say “Definitely not, and who the hell let you out of y
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
#1 Nevernight ★★★★★
#2 Godsgrave ★★★★★
#3 Darkdawn ???

I already knew that I loved Jay Kristoff’s writing after his contribution to The Illuminae Files series, but I had no idea just how much I would adore his distinct writing voice, the characters and worlds he weaves, or the tremendously emotional stakes and risks that would come into play throughout the course of this brilliant novel. There are books, and then there are stories, with characters who take up so much space in your heart that you
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”You’ll be a rumour. A whisper. The thought that wakes the bastards of this world sweating in the nevernight. The last thing you will ever be in this world, girl, is someone’s hero.”

Well, I suppose that’s only to be expected when you set out on the dark path of revenge. Not that Mia wouldn’t be able to deal with it. ;-) Truth be told, after reading this book I’m convinced that there is absolutely nothing our heroine wouldn’t be able to deal with. Except of maybe the many bad ratings this book go
Sean Barrs
If the Harry Potter Series and The Lies of Locke Lamora ever got together and decided to have a dark book baby, they would call it Nevernight.

This is the sort of book I dream about reading. Only a fantasy expert could have written one this well. It’s exactly why authors such as Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss are so successful: they know their audience. And here Jay Kristoff certainly knew his.

Nevernight captured my heart in all its pure evilness. It’s a wickedly delightful story centre
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mia is an assassin (in training) who can do alllll kinds of cool shit with her shadow.


And she has a talking cat.
How do you get better than that?


How about using an actual blood bath to travel around!?
Yeah. Sure, it's not exactly as quick or clean as pressing a button on your suit and saying, Beam me up, Scotty!, but we are talking about assassins in a world of magic, after all.


Ok. I was expecting this to be all dark and stabby - and it was! But what I wasn't expecting was all the tongue in cheek
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
this is my year for fantasy and i am here for it!

this took some time and patience to get into, but i am so glad i did because:
1) i cant believe i have been able to survive my meaningless life for so long without having read this, and

2) i cant believe i was able to survive reading this book because it quite nearly destroyed me.
this is one of the most shockingly brutal stories i have ever read and i cant. get. enough. its honestly so wrong, that i dont even want it to be right. mia corvere coul
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Red Sister & Battle-School trope
Recommended to Petrik by: Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
4.5/5 stars

O’gentlefriend, Nevernight was incredible. Allow me to join The Droogs from now on.

The Nevernight Chronicle is not a series I’ve never heard of. If you’re active on Book Twitter, Bookstagram, or Booktube, you’ll most likely have seen or heard of this series. How could you not? The fans are very loud and devoted; aesthetically, both US & UK editions of this series look gorgeous as fuck; the content? Let’s just say that the beautiful cover artworks really did the content justice and vic
Robin Hobb
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: friends who like grim dark, fantasy readers
First, my caveat! I think it's important to let other readers know if I received a book for free, or was sent it for comment, or if it was written by a friend. I hope that I don't let such things affect how I read a book, but in these days of commercial hype, I think it's best to be completely transparent!

So, I was sent this book by the editor.

I took several weeks to read this book, not because it didn't grab me, but because it somehow was lost in the guest bedroom when I was in midread. Books
Helena of Eretz ✰
Buddy re-read, part one, with Mary! (finally lol :P)

“The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us. I can see it in you, sure as I see it in me. You're a daughter of the words. A girl with a story to tell.”


WOW. I don’t think that I have any coherent thoughts at the moment. 

What an addicting novel!

This was just a rollercoaster ride from start to finish. I started off enjoying the exquisite writing style and then, the stor
Elle (ellexamines)
my loyal followers: Elle, why are you giving 4 1/2 stars to a book that took you almost four months to read
me, grabbing this book and hiding it in my jacket: I do what I want

Honestly... okay. I’d pitch this book as Hogwarts for assassins and I enjoyed it so much.

This is a book about becoming yourself, on more levels than one. It’s about developing an ethical code when you’ve had it trained out of you, and synthesizing your childhood self and your self after immense trauma. I love the explorat
C.G. Drews
REREAD: October, 2017

This news just in: this book is fucking fantastic.

I wanted to reread this in preparation for Godsgrave because I remember nothing, mate. Please, I barely remember a book 2 days after finishing ok. I also decided to try the audio and besssst decision of LIFE. The audiobook is absolutely brilliant! Accents and emotions and everything. 10/10 for this audio. ACTUALLY 10/10 FOR THE WHOLE GODDAMN BOOK. THIS IS SO FREAKING BLOODY. It gets the full five stars and all my previous mur
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

“The brighter the light, the deeper the shadow.”

🌟 Lo and behold, it looks like I am still capable of giving books 5 stars, even if it takes me 6 months and 60 books to do so! Nevernight is currently my favorite book for this year and also is joining my favorite books of all times list!

🌟 I have added this book to my TBR since it first came out and it has been there for 3 years now. I have seen very mixed reviews a
Whitney Atkinson
yall were right. it's really good. i have nothing else to add. it was just very good.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nevernight, gentlefriends, is an O, so bloody piece of Art.

It is not for the faint-hearted. It is not a Young Adult book. It does not feature noble heroes, polished by their acts of kindness.
It is a story of

A tale of the vicious fight between
Light and Darkness

And in the shadows cast by the Lady of Blessed Murder, her faithful servants thrive.


“You'll be a rumour. A whisper. The thought that wakes the bastards of this world sweating in the nevernight. The last thing you
Rereading this was soothing to my soul. I loved this.

The only thing I want out of this series is for Ash to die a slow and torturous death.


I don't think I'll be able to write a review for this. I've been festering over it for the past two days and anything that I want to say doesn't come close to how I feel about this book.

All you need to know is that it's epic. In every sense of the word. From the characters, to the world, it was perfect for me. The growth and development we have
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Jay Kristoff is a #1 international, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction. He is the winner of eight Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, has over half a million books in print and is published in over thirty five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 12,000 days to live.

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