|What can I say about a book that takes the tried and tested fantasy trope of the protagonist attending a school, and turns it on its head by having it as a school for assassins? I believe the word I’m looking for is amazing.
The world Jay Kristoff has created is a thing of beauty, intrigue and suspense. From the moment I started reading Nevernight, I was instantly gripped by the astounding world and its inhabitants. I felt the background being based during a time possibly similar to the crusades was a stroke of genius as I think the idea of assassins having their own religion fits perfectly into it.
With regards to the religion having their place of worship, The Red Church, act as a school where the assassins can improve their skills and learn more was brilliantly executed. This allowed us to learn more about the Red Church, its ideals and history.
I have read many books before that give you the backstory of the main character and I have seen a number of different ways of accomplishing this. The way Jay Kristoff accomplishes the jump between past and present is through the use of a different font and formatting. I think this is done very well and I never once felt it broke the flow of the book or made it difficult to follow the story.
Throughout the first part of the book, Mia’s backstory is explained, allowing us to discover what happened to her parents, as well as an incident that changed the lives of everyone in the city.
One of the best aspects of the book was reading about the different assassin lessons and how each primary character interacted and dealt with them. I felt that the different lessons the characters had to take sounded very much like core areas an assassin would need to know for survival, and this only enhanced my enjoyment and intrigue of Nevernight.
I think Jay Kristoff has created a spectacular book and I believe it is one of, if not the best, assassin book I have come across in the fantasy genre. This book will grab you from the start and you won’t want to put this down. I would highly recommend this to any fantasy fan and particularly those who enjoyed Brent Week’s Night Angel trilogy. Jay Kristoff certainly knows how to leave you wanting more as not only did it finish on a high, but it was also left on a cliff hanger, and I can’t wait until the release of the sequel.