Review | Nevernight Puts the Sass in Assassin


By: Jay Kristoff

Overall Rating: ★★★★

Mia Corvere is the daughter of an executed traitor. She manages to escape her would-be killers and ends up under the tutelage of a retired assassin, who teachers her all his murder-y ways.

She joins the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church – and tries to out-assassin a bunch of other rude, angsty, stab-y teens so she can become a Blade and get the revenge she desires. But of course, nothing is ever that easy and Mia has to deal with her feelings and an unknown murderer that keeps offing a bunch of students. Think Hogwarts, but for assassins instead of wizards.

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The Good

The Characters

No one in this story can be considered “good” and yet I still find myself rooting for these ruthless killers. Mia, Tric, Mr. Kindly and even Lord Cassius all toot my horn. Who wouldn’t want to be friends with a bunch of assassins and a demon cat? Let’s just say after you read this you’re going to wish you knew how to sword fight, mix up a poisonous elixir and be a pickpocket…and you wouldn’t think any of it was morally unacceptable.

The Writing

I felt like I was living in a Roman drama, but at the same time found myself laughing at the most inappropriate times. Like, am I reading about the downfall of Caesar if it was set in the Mean Girls world? I’m pretty sure I was, and I’m not mad about it. The dad jokes and sarcasm just made everything so much more amazing…Kristoff put literal book worms in the library. What did we do to deserve such a great story?



It took a while for things to get really good. But oh. my. gosh. that ending took me by surprise. You think the story is going one way and then BAM! it takes a sharp turn into “what the EEEFFF is going on now?!” It was a bit like a Game of Thrones plot twist, blood and gore included.

The Bad

The Footnotes

Literally the only reason I didn’t give this book 5 starts is because of the footnotes. I LOVED the added sass by whoever the narrator is, but those footnotes were the death of me. I got through this book way more slowly than I would have because I kept having to backtrack and re-read after pausing mid-page to go down to the footnotes. Dense books just aren’t my thing.

The Ugly Truth

Nevernight was an amazing book. The story, the characters, the writing, the everything was SO. GOOD. My only wish was that it was slightly less dense. I would have even preferred if it was written in more of a play-style setting. It was halfway there anyway. I’m definitely recommending it to friends, but will hold off on a re-read until I get through the entire series!

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Have you read this book? If so, what did you think of it?