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Nevernight (Nevernight Chronicles 1)

[A quick note: As part of my ongoing research into assassin books, this was next up on my list. I had no idea what to expect going in, other than the high reviews and overall praises this series gets. Needless to say, this book was exactly what I wanted and needed for inspiration on my manuscript! I had my husband spray the edges of this book to match the font. Isnโ€™t she a beaut?]

โ€œ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’๐’๐’Œ๐’” ๐’˜๐’† ๐’๐’๐’—๐’†, ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’–๐’” ๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’„๐’Œ. ๐‘จ๐’๐’… ๐’‹๐’–๐’”๐’• ๐’‚๐’” ๐’˜๐’† ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’“๐’Œ ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’‘๐’๐’‚๐’„๐’†๐’” ๐’Š๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‘๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’†๐’”, ๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’”๐’†๐’‘๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’†๐’” ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’“๐’Œ๐’” ๐’๐’ ๐’–๐’”. ๐‘ฐ ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’”๐’†๐’† ๐’Š๐’• ๐’Š๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’–, ๐’”๐’–๐’“๐’† ๐’‚๐’” ๐‘ฐ ๐’”๐’†๐’† ๐’Š๐’• ๐’Š๐’ ๐’Ž๐’†. ๐’€๐’๐’–'๐’“๐’† ๐’‚ ๐’…๐’‚๐’–๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’…๐’”. ๐‘จ ๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’“๐’ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’‚ ๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’š ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’†๐’๐’.โ€ โ€”Jay Kristoff

This is the story of a girl who suffered a great atrocity as a child and wants nothing more than revenge for those responsible. To achieve her goals, Mia must travel to the Red Church where she trains as an assassin. Itโ€™s a sweeping tale of struggle. Jay Kristoffโ€™s writing is unique and unapologetic. I was captivated and swept into a setting chalk-full of fantastic world building. Kristoff is an author who knows his creation inside and out. The thing I found most unique was the presence of footnotes. Sometimes these were snarky asides. Other times, deeper layers to a world that felt oh-so-real. It added layers to my reading experience that I wasnโ€™t used to and absolutely LOVED.

โ€œ๐‘ฐ ๐’‚๐’‘๐’‘๐’†๐’‚๐’“ ๐’•๐’ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’”๐’‘๐’๐’‚๐’„๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‡๐’–๐’„๐’Œ๐’” ๐‘ฐ ๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’Œ.โ€

The story itself is compelling. I loved Miaโ€™s character. She gives no fucks. She is unapologetic for who she is. For her vendetta. Her purpose. And sheโ€™s smart about how she does things (most of the time). Like everyone, she has her flaws. Moreover, there were a few other characters that I adored. I loved Tric. LOVED him, gentlefriends. And can we take a moment to talk about Mister Kindly?! Mister Kindly is a shadow that is a sort of demon passenger who follows Mia around. Heโ€™s partly comic relief and in a most welcome way. My best way of describing this facet of Miaโ€™s character is BADASS! It gives her the upper hand that we love seeing in a female assassin (or any assassin character).

I want to give a nod to the assassinโ€™s training that Mia undergoes. Thereโ€™s nothing gentle or forgiving about it. Her journey is cut-throat. People die. Only the strongest survive. It was the perfect environment to watch Mia thrive.

CW: This is not for the faint of heart. Jay Kristoffโ€™s writing is brutal and straightforward. Thereโ€™s death. Blood. Sex. And plenty of swearing to keep my dark little heart happy! Even days later, I cannot stop thinking about this book!

I highly recommend this for all adult fantasy lovers. What better way to start my 2021 reading year with a book that sets the bar oh-so-high gentlefriends.

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ยฉ2020 by Author Melissa Mitchell