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Book Thoughts: Nevernight (Jay Kristoff)

Nevernight

★★★★★★☆

Title: Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1)
Author:  Jay Kristoff
Genre: Fantasy   Pages: 643
First published: 2016
Edition: Kindle e-book

This is a book I have seen floating around the Internet a lot. I never felt compelled to read it, but a special offer enticed me. I am glad it did.

Nevernight was not at all what I expected. I expected it it to be some gritty tale of war and kings and battles. It was not that. It was something else entirely. A strangely enticing mixture between a light hearted YA fantasy novel and something far darker and I liked it!

This is the tale of Mia, a girl who saw her father executed as a traitor, who will stop at nothing in her quest for vengeance. And how better to get close to the ones you dream of murdering than training as a Blade, the most dangerous of assassins.

I love Kristoff’s dry witty writing style, but at the same time I do not think it is for everyone. Personally, I loved the tongue-in-cheek tone, so refreshing in this genre, and it was a treat to read this book. I loved how a dark tale of a girl with murder on her mind could be so amusing.

I really enjoyed the footnotes as well. Although mostly completely unnecessary, on my Kindle they were very easy to tap on to read and tap away again, which made it a breeze to include them in the narrative. I am not sure how this was done in the physical book.

I really enjoyed the plot. Some of the twists in this book I could see coming a mile off, others took me by surprise. The ending was satisfying and I am looking forward to reading the second book Godsgrave and catch up with the characters.

6 out of 7 stars 

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