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, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic ― the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.
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I’d been meaning to read Nevernight for the longest time so when I saw some people on Instagram were doing a readalong for it I decided to sign myself up. If you don’t know what a readalong is it’s basically exactly what it sounds like. Each week we were supposed to read a certain number of chapters then discuss it before moving on. It’s basically an online book club and I’ve liked it a lot so far. As for Nevernight itself, I actually really enjoyed it too. Just not at first.
Before the novel began, the reader is given this one page intro from the Narrator that tells us the hero is currently dying in the heroine’s arms. The heroine is Mia, the protagonist, but of course it’s unknown who the hero is. All we know is the Narrator is not going to sugarcoat this story and he was also in love with Mia. Interesting. This part drew me in but once the story actually began I was bored.
Mia’s journey to get to the Red Church didn’t really interest me and I’ve never been a fan of flashbacks, which a lot of the first third of the book entailed. However, once I got to the real action of the story I was hooked. Mia grew on me by the end but I really liked her friend and fellow acolyte, Tric, and Mia’s shadow friend, Mister Kindly. They were my favorite characters.
The narrator was also enjoyable although I could’ve done without all the footnotes. While some were short and funny, others were so long I just skipped them because they distracted me too much from the story and honestly, I didn’t care about the information they provided.
Despite these minor flaws I will definitely read the sequel because I want to see what happens next in Mia’s story and if the next book starts at about the same pace this book ended at, I know it won’t be a slow beginning like this first book. At least I hope not.
“Apologies,” Mia frowned, searching the floor as if looking for something. “I appear to have misplaced the fucks I give for what you think…”
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