NEVERNIGHT and GODSGRAVE by Jay Kristoff
The Nevernight Chronicles, Book 1 and Book 2
Thomas Dunne Books
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A dark and gritty tale filled with assassins, magic, and the the thirst for revenge.
After hearing about this series from a number of people and several of the bloggers/Instagrammers that I follow, I decided to read NEVERNIGHT and GODSGRAVE back-to-back. And…wait for it…WOW! Now that a few days have past since I have finished the second book in series, I believe that I have processed everything so that I can talk about these books.
NEVERNIGHT, the first book in the series, thrusts the reader into a world of Mia Corvere as she seeks to become part of the Red Church, a group of highly trained assassins. Mia has one thing on her mind and that is revenge. The reader will enjoy some lighter moments through the snark and witty banter between the characters. However, this tale is not one that is happy. There is true darkness and violence within the pages. In GODSGRAVE, the reader is treated to even more of the blood, grit, and plotting as Mia continues her journey. She has lost many and is still trying to figure out who she truly is. This time, we see her step away from the Red Church to fight with the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder. There are so many twists and turns within these books, that I couldn’t possibly tell you all of them. Plus, I don’t think I ever would. The beauty in reading this series to me is uncovering all the elements as the author gives them up.
Here is the thing. I read a lot and I am rarely taken by surprise. Yet, Jay Kristoff has managed to do that with this series. I was instantly captivated by the characters as well as the magical world they live in. The author’s ability to weave together such a complex and intense tale is mind-blowing to me. He seamlessly moves from moment to moment with such vivid detail without ever skipping a beat. I also loved that for all of the mysticism and enchantment in the world around Mia, there is still a grounded honesty to her character. Her desire for revenge is just as strong as her loyalty.
With twist and turns, a lot of bloody battles, and some heart thrown in there from time to time, The Nevernight Chronicles are freakin’ amazing. I cannot even imagine how this is all going to end.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received the audio book to review from the publisher.
⚔️ About the Series ⚔️
NEVER NIGHT, The Nevernight Chronicle (Book 1)
Nevernight is the first in an epic new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author, Jay Kristoff.
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.
GODSGRAVE, The Nevernight Chronicle (Book 2)
The second thrilling installment of the award-winning Nevernight Chronicle, from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.
In a land where three suns almost never set, a ruthless assassin continues her quest for vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.
Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she’s told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia's suspicions about the Red Church’s true motives begin to grow.
When it’s announced that Scaeva will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end him. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between love and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.
About the Author: Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR. He is the winner of four Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over thirty 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 approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.
He does not believe in happy endings.
Series: The Nevernight Chronicle (Book 1)
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; Signed edition (August 9, 2016)
Series: The Nevernight Chronicle (Book 2)
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Signed edition (September 5, 2017)
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