Nevernight, Jay Kristoff

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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 her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.
Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, 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?

I think I have found a rival for my book of 2016 (having finished this the day before 2016 ended)- which is saying something, when I have read so many incredible books this year. (Crooked Kingdom was my book of the year, with ACOMAF in a close second, but now…)
It’s really rare for me to pick up and authors book for the first time and know it was going to be a favourite- yet within a chapter of Nevernight, I knew the book was going to be brilliant.

And it did not disappoint.

This is a book about assassins. Not the airy, fairy, cutesy assassins you seem to normally get in fantasy (no, really. I read a lot of assassiny book yet most still don’t act, well, like assassins?). No. This book is gritty, full of twists and characters that sometimes show their colours and sometimes do not. In a school of assassins, do you ever know who to trust- who would stab you in the back (literally) to get ahead?

But its not just that. It’s a book about a girl who can talk to shadows- whose closes friend is a shadow in the shape of a cat, who drinks her fear (their interactions are just wonderful) and her progress through life, revenge, and finding out who she is.

I loved pretty much every aspect of this book. From Mia herself to her friends- and even the romance that blooms between her and another in the school. And I loved the writing. It was beautiful and funny and interesting- even down to the footnotes that had me laughing on occasions.

It’s just….If you like fantasy, then go out and pick up this book and read it. And then stare at the cover because that is also beautiful.

five stars

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