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(The Nevernight Chronicle #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  21,880 ratings  ·  4,956 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: arc, young-adult, fantasy, 2016, 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 ou
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 there's s
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!).
Victoria Schwab
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
F*ck. Me.
Catriona (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.
شيماء ✨
May 21, 2017 marked it as to-read
you know what’s really fun and in style right now? rereading that book you've only read a year ago because you're gay and crave that f/f foe romance and you miss your favorite lady arch enemies
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
Miranda Reads
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 needs training. F
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Re-read on Audible in preparation for Godsgrave. I love Mia!

She was atop him, knees pinning him down. His hand on her wrist and her stiletto at his throat. An age passed, somewhere between struggling and hissing and biting and begging, and finally the blade sank home, sharp and so astonishingly hard, sinking through is neck and scraping his spine. He drew sucking breath, perhaps to speak (but what could he say?) and she could see it in his eyes--pain, pain, O, Daughters, it hurt. It was inside
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
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 your cage? Get back to work”.

These books are about an assassin. They are, as you may expect, somewhat violent as a resu
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 "who
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
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
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 could never forget them, and, my friends, Mia Corvere’ ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Melanie by: شيماء ✨
“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. But for me
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
Feb 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
Victoria Schwab praised this book, I don't need more reasons to pick this up
Helena of Sparta ✰
“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 story crescendoed into something more, keeping me perched
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
Elise (TheBookishActress)
my loyal followers: Elise, why are you giving five 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

Listen, guys, it's an actual rating of 4 1/2 Stars, but 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 a
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 will
Charlotte May
"Never flinch...never fear. And never, ever forget."

So Gentlefriends.... this book BLEW MY MIND!

*Epic fantasy world
* Fantastic characters - both good, evil and in between
* Dark magic
*A murderous version of Hogwarts

Mia Corvere watched her father die at a young age, hanged by the neck while her mother forced her to watch and remember and avenge him. Her mother and younger brother are then imprisoned; Mia would have been too if she didn't have her dark friend Mister Kind
Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky & Bitchy  ⚓️
I struggled to rate this book in a way that mirrored my struggle to get through it, quite frankly.

I went into this with somewhat high expectations...which is never a good thing, as we all know.

A lot of my GR friends as well as one of my favorite reviewers RAVED about this thing.

Like, designed her own Mia Funko Pop and made her own gravebone dagger loved this thing.

From what most people were saying, I inferred that this book would be dark.
Which I LOVE. Which I WANTED. Was looking forward to gl
Aug 18, 2017 is currently reading it
always a good sign when you totally forget you're reading a book


my hobbies include: giving into YA hype but like 2 years after everyone else read it


my favorite reviewers have spoken. (@may @emma)

it is time to add this to my tbr. where it will probably remain for months
maram ☂︎

i went into this expecting lots of hilarious banter, gore, multiple deaths and all-around feels and

all ???

you see, my expectations just can't be this accurate ...

well, here goes nothing *ehem* did you, mr. kristoff, really have to overwhelm me with so much 💩 in so little time and get away with it? whatever it is, i’m weak and i would love it if you could send me a not-cat to drink my anxiety that you so blatantly caused in the first place. yeah, i’m also
sofia (sam willows)
6/5 stars, as usual.

every single fantasy author is Q U A K I N G. nothing can compare to this MASTERPIECE

first read:

May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: okay-shelf, fantasy

“Never Flinch.' A cold whisper in her ear. 'Never fear. And never, ever forget."

This is honestly the hardest book for me to rate/review. I hated it so much but loved it at the same time. So I'm still sitting on the fence about my rating, I think 2.5 stars is the fairest rating for this book, not great but not terrible. Firstly I must mention the writing, I just don't know how to feel about it, I'm leaning more towards hate. The writing itself is very flowery and descriptive, it's full o
amy ☂︎
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[pls excuse the excessive swearing and occasional panicked screaming that is happening in this review you can address your letters of complaint @ jay kristoff]

now, gentlefriends, let me tell you something about this fucking hellride of a book:

i went into this expecting violence, weird dick jokes and lots of all-around badassery and guess what? check, check, CHECK.

• mostly takes place in a death academy that's basically hogwarts except you don't learn
Robin (Bridge Four)
Audible 4th of July Sale until 07July18 $5.95

Re-Read Time, I might have liked this more the 2nd time through. I do love it when you know where something is going and can now see all the clues that were laid out for you along the way. Makes the journey just that more enjoyable.

Buddy read with the crew at Buddies Books and Baubles on Nov 6th.
╰⊰✿Favorite of 2016✿⊱╮

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I jumped into this book since many of my Goodreads friends either completely LOVED or total
Thankyou HarperCollins AU for sending me a copy of this for free in exchange for an honest review

This is 4.5 star out of 5 stars.

Nevernight was easily one of my most anticipated reads of this year and I am so SO GLAD it didn't disappoint.

Be warned though, this is not YA. There are sex scenes that are SUPER steamy and described in great detail, and there is a fair amount of strong language and gory murder, however if you currently read more mature YA/New Adult books, you'll probably be okay with
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Jay Kristoff is the #1 international, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR. He is the winner of five 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 appro ...more

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