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Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 1) Hardcover – 11 Aug 2016
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‘A brain-churning, gore-splattered monster of a book’
‘With a delicate balance of the ancient and the magical, this tense and brutal tale is unflinching, thrilling and satisfying.’
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This book runs for six hundred and forty three pages. It has an introduction. Thirty five chapters then two epilogues. And it's divided into three parts.
This is the story of Mia. A very legendary assassin.
It contains strong language and violence and adult moments, so it isn't suitable for younger readers.
It doesn't say anything on it about being a series or trilogy. But the end does leave a lot open. And does actually make it clear that there are two more volumes to come.
Which it can do, because as the introduction explains, this is Mia's story being told, by a writer, after her time. This is quite an interesting narrative device because the writer makes that clear via various footnotes. Some of which can be almost as funny as similar in Discworld books. Although some are quite long and they do come close together at times, especially early on. So sometimes it does feel like it's disrupting the narrative.
But they do even out in due course. So you do get used to it.
Mia is a girl who survived her family being betrayed and killed. Got taken in by a wise old man who taught her a lot. And now she's out to get into a legendary school for assassins.
All of which may sound familiar.
The narrative, post the introduction, does take a while to settle down. Because you have flashbacks in italics and current scenes in normal type. And in the first chapter there's little time between them. So it does take a bit to get used to things. However, it doesn't spend as much time as some might on filling in her past. But still tells you all you need to know about it.Read more ›
This book was very intense, violent, bloody, dark, and most intriguing. It is a story full of revenge, survival, pushing one’s limits, and perhaps even a higher calling of sorts. There is magic and mysticism. There is searing light and whispering darkness. There is cruel wealth and cunning poverty. There is endless mystery and blunt truth.
NEVERNIGHT was a solid read for sure but even so it didn’t quite capture my heart.
I must say it is very well written. I enjoyed the dual timeline writing style that switched back and forth between the present and key moments in Mia’s past that slowly revealed who she was and what she could become.
Oh, and I will emphasize that this book is a dark fantasy. It is not a romance and it is not a fairy tale. I know you’ve read plenty of books that are quite dark and edgy but even so there is a light to hold onto, usually found within the vein of romance. I’m just warning you now that that is not the case in this book. There is no love in this story. You may read this book and think you’ve found some, and indeed you may have, but this is a story about assassins and their path has no room for partners.
Overall this was a very good book and while it didn’t overwhelm me with that first-read magic it did light a little spark inside me that I’ve no doubt will grow over time. Even as I type this review I can feel my fondness for this book growing (some books have me buzzing with adoration but while it flares brightly enough for a glowing review, after a few months it has flickered and abandoned me. This book, I’d wager, has sunk its claws into me and is here to stay). I don’t know if this makes sense but, I’m captured by this book but I don’t love it.Read more ›
such is the story here, I didn't read NeverNight till long after I purchased it, and by God what a book, not since I bought Red Rising on special offer have I been taken by such surprise by a story enthralled and carried along through its up's and downs by a Master Story Teller.
The Tale of Mia Corvere a teenage assassin with a Dark Gift, and her heroes Journey about self discovery and a quest for vengence sounded so been there done that when I read the description. I thought I knew what I was coming I am delighted to say I didn't have a clue.
I don't want to spoil so rather then discuss plot here's what stood out for me.
* The Superb use of Language from the First Chapter dealing with two different First's using the same structure and language amazing.
* Pacing exciting and fast paced even the sections about training don't bog it down.
* Avoids the Hogwarts traps just because it features a school for the Gifted doesn't mean its filled with twinkle eyed goody two shoe's. It's a school for assassin's with a religious bent with all the danger and risk that implies and filled with the kind of Dangerous and yes broken characters that you would imagine would populate such a school, both staff and student.
* The Comedy while the main story is played pretty straight the book contains foot notes supplied by the unknown narrators that serve both as a source of information and the on going comic relief quirky asides and humerous ancedotes help stop the story from becoming too dark.Read more ›
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Sometimes you read a book that is so amazing that you find it too intimidating to even attempt to write a review for it because you just know you won't be able to do it justice. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
Opening with an extremely awkward and graphic sex come murder scene which almost had me put the book down and walk away Nevernight took me to some pretty dark places. Read morePublished 2 months ago by BrizzleLass
Couldn't stop reading can't wait for more.
Good read. Few twists and turns.
Well worth a read.
Can't wait to read what's next.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction and NetGalley*
Mia Corvere was ten when... Read more
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! The world, the characters..everything was phenomenal and I can't wait for the next one!! One of the best books I have read this year!!Published 2 months ago by Romero Deborah
Well this was certainly different from anything I've read. This book was in the style of a sort of description or account of someone's life with the inclusion of footnotes, as if... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joanne Wills
I only took off half a star because of the sex scenes that I think should've been left out of the book. Also because sometimes, the footnotes were a bit too much. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Having read amazing reviews for Nevernight, I had to give it a go. I was expecting it to be good, but oh my word! One of the best novels I have read this year! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lindsey
Nevernight gets all the stars, five out of five stars doesn’t seem enough…please excuse me while I travel to the skies to get ALL THE STARS and chuck them at this book – IT’S THAT... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Keeper of Pages