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?
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Storytime: I started reading Nevernight in the summer. I was SO excited for this book. I love Jay’s writing and I think he’s just a generally awesome guy, plus Nevernight sounded pretty much perfect to me. So like I said, I was excited. I got the book… and just couldn’t get into it. I couldn’t ever put my finger on exactly why, but every time I picked the it up I would find my mind drifting after a few pages. It became a bit of a chore to try and keep reading it.
Nevertheless, I endured. I was determined to finish this darn book. I hate to DNF anything, but there was no way I was DNF-ing a Kristoff book. So, a few pages at a time I pushed through. And good lord, Nevernight is a long book so it took me forever to get through just the first half at the speed I was reading. Around page 200 I decided to try the audiobook. Around page 200 is also when the story went from good but boring to AWESOME. Despite this book literally taking me months to get through, I am SO glad that I got through it.
Ok so now for my actual review.
Despite my initial, somewhat unexplained issues with the first half of Nevernight, right from the beginning I was impressed with Kristoff’s writing. I also thoroughly enjoyed the unique formatting. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they disliked all the footnotes and many stopped reading them altogether after the first couple chapters. I loved the footnotes! They were so much fun to read, and I thought the little, worldbuilding insights they offered were brilliant. I’m sure I won’t remember all of those tidbits going into book two but they were so much fun to read and I really hope they are kept for the sequels.
As I’ve already said, the story of Nevernight really picked up for me at about the halfway point. The whole second half of the book felt way more action-packed and had a lot more character development. The ending was incredible, particularly the VERY end. Seriously, the last few pages blew me away and quadrupled my excitement for book two.
I guess my only issue with Nevernight was that it started off really slow. It makes sense, as there was a lot of worldbuilding and setup going on in the first half, and I think it was definitely necessary, but it did make it a slow read. I’m so glad that I persisted with this one though, it was 100% worth my time. I knew that Jay Kristoff wouldn’t let me down and I’ll most definitely be reading the rest of this series.