Title: Nevernight Chronicle
Author: Jay Kristoff
Published: 2016, 2017, 2019
Pages: 434, 455, 512
My Rating: 5, 4, 4
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Destined to destroy empires Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.
Six years later, the child raised in the shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows loves her. And they drink her fear.
Welcome to my review of the Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff. I read the entire trilogy in 2019.
I found out about Nevernight thanks to Piera Forde, an Australian BookTuber and filmmaker who loves this book. Before reading it, however, I was a bit weary of it because I knew that the writing style was difficult to get into and quite convoluted. Then I watched a video by another BookTuber who has very similar taste to me, and she devoured it and loved it more than expected. That was my cue to get into the series.
Now, I have rated the trilogy quite high on Goodreads, however I have to admit that the first book is definitely superior to its sequels. Book 2 and 3 were good but not extraordinary in my opinion. I think that the gore, swearing and sex scenes became more and more forced as the story went on, to the point that it almost hindered my reading experience by the end of it. This is because the characters could not say more than three words without swearing at least twice, which meant they did not have real conversations. I am not against swearing by any means, it’s just that at times it felt forced. Another thing that bugged me was that this world is inspired by ancient Rome and Venice, and being from there myself, at times the world building felt a bit random (especially the names used: they were just a random jumble of pre-existing words). And finally, the last thing I did not particularly like was the ending. I am a believer in realistic endings, and if you want to do things, do them well or don’t do them at all. If you’ve read Darkdawn you know what I’m talking about.
Now onto the things I did like. I really enjoyed Mr Kindly and Eclipse. I also liked the romance starting in book 2, I thought it was very well developed, and it made sense. Overall, I would say that Kristoff is good at building relationships between characters. I also really liked the atmosphere of the world he has created. He described it very well, and I liked the rawness and decadence of it. I cannot deny that Kristoff is a good writer, especially good at descriptions; However one can definitely tell that he does not plot his novels.
I would say that with the exception of the first book, this is a good to average trilogy. I will definitely read Kristoff’s next vampire book, and see if I like that one.
Please let me know if you share my opinion of Nevernight, or if you disagree completely.
Until next time,