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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Jay Kristoff comes a dangerous new fantasy world and a heroine edged in darkness.

Mia Corvere is only 10 years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Destined to destroy empires, the child raised in shadows made a promise on the day she lost everything: to avenge herself on those that shattered her world.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, and Mia must become a weapon without equal. Before she seeks vengeance, she must seek training among the infamous assassins of the Red Church of Itreya.

Inside the Church's halls, Mia must prove herself against the deadliest of opponents and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and daemons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Church is no ordinary school. But Mia is no ordinary student.

©2016 Neverafter Pty Ltd (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"A brain-churning, gore-splattered monster of a book." ( Daily Mail)
"With a delicate balance of the ancient and the magical, this tense and brutal tale is unflinching, thrilling and satisfying." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Joins lyrical high fantasy, Pratchett-like humour and unflinching descriptions of violence.... Something special." ( SciFi Now)

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Rather gore filled

More blood and gore than I would usually keep reading but the story was gripping and the narration very good. I have just downloaded the next volume.

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  • Ms. Helen F. M. White
  • 01-17-18

Excellent book.

When I first started this book I was a bit “is this something I will enjoy “? It then got better and better and had twists that I didn’t see coming, a rarity for me. Superbly read. Already downloaded book two. A must for those who like a gripping fantasy.

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  • O. Okonkwo
  • 02-06-18

Best fantasy novel in ages

Once you get past the first 2 chapters the story is all consuming. Fascinating characters and plot development. Rarely predictable & accomplished writing style. Great narration. Normally I'm only a fan of British narrators but Holter Graham knocks it out of the park!

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  • Andrew
  • 09-26-17

dope story

when you think it's going to follow the same old story trope, you take a left turn in to something fresh and fun.

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  • Simon
  • 09-11-17

Nevernight - Marmite?

First the disclaimer . . . I only made it three and a half hours into this one so maybe I missed out on something . . . The odd thing is that after half an hour I thought I was on to something a bit special. The opening is dark and brutal. There is a passage describing two very different "first-time" experiences for Mia that I thought were brilliantly written. Bold, almost shocking writing that I thought was very powerful and told in parallel it came over as very original too. There were also some hard-hitting scenes about Mia and her family when she is ten years old.

At this point I was really looking forwards to carrying on. Then the book developed into the more humorous style that was to follow. Suddenly this strong, hard-bitten and motivated character became a typical cliché fantasy heroine albeit with a touch of Lisbet Salander. What developed was a Hitch Hiker's Guide but for fantasy format with background stories interspersed into the narrative - though it never descends to the glorious silliness of those books! There was a discussion on the merits of the c-word and while I'm no prude the unrelenting clever humour just seemed to grate. It was unrelenting.

So, I think we have a clever writer of some talent but I'm just not on his wavelength and I just didn't buy into the characters. Others I suspect may well love it and with Audible's goodreads guarantee what is there to lose?

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  • E. Buchanan
  • 10-03-17

Fantastic

Great narration of a fantastic story. If you enjoy Joe Abercrombie you will love this.

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  • Toni
  • 09-09-18

Love it, and love it even more after listening

Original Review: 17 August 2017 - Book:

Having read Illuminae and Gemina that are co-written by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and loving them I decided to read this to see what Jay's solo style was like. This took a while for me to get through because it was so detailed but in a good way as it was not over saturated. The world was rich and the characters well fleshed out and an amazing story to boot. The only thing that kept it from being a five star book was that it took a while to get going but that's no major complaint as most books that are first in a series are usually a bit slower to get started. Also liked the addition of the footnotes adding extra genuinely interesting bits of trivia about the world. Can't wait to see what's next for Mia!

Edit: 07 September 2018 - Audio:

After experiencing this for a second time and enjoying it even more owing to the audio having the footnotes inserted at the correct places making it easier to follow as well as great narration I have increased the rating from 4.75 Stars to 5 Stars.

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  • Lily
  • 08-06-18

Oh So Sassy!

If you like gritty, sarcastic humour to accompany your fantasy fix. This one's for you!

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  • Christina Schneider
  • 08-04-18

just wow!

I can't remember when a book last gripped me like that. I couldn't stop listening. highly recommend!

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  • Alex
  • 08-03-18

Loved this book, looking forward to the next!

Brilliant book that kept me wanting more. There was one moment that I thought seemed a little sloppy compared to the rest of the storey but a great book all the same.

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  • Phil
  • 06-27-18

Superb

Dark, gripping and evocative. The best in this genre I have listened to since Locke Lamora and The Name of the Wind. A breath of fresh air after many mediocre and same-y stories I’d listened to recently.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-16-18

Absolutely amazing

Possibly the best book I have ever come across... can't even explain my love for it! mind bending dark and gritty so many twists and unexpected turns bloody amazing

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  • Michael Grey
  • 11-06-17

awesome

about as compelling a listen as an audiobook comes. I really could not recommend enough.

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  • Kashish Mahbubani
  • 09-15-18

Bloody Brilliant

This world is woven so intricately, no detail unused, and Holter Graham's narration brings Kristoff's characters to life perfectly. 10/10 would recommend.

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  • Nathan
  • 07-17-18

Good story. Average performance

The story is quite good. Dark and funny in parts. I found it just past young adult fiction but not quite adult. The performance could be better. it clearly needed a female to narrate in my opinion.

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  • Adam Dixon
  • 07-07-18

A male narrator?

Why wasn't a female narrator/voice actress used for this? Struggled to finish because of this. It is after all a story of a girl. Oh well. Hopefully they'll learn.

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  • Kayla Wallace
  • 10-06-17

A novel I really wanted to like

I was excited to see a popular fantasy book from an Australian author, but no matter how hard I tried to get on board and enjoy the story, it was truly a feat of endurance.

I enjoy well written prose. I enjoy dense prose, too, when the mood strikes. But Nevernight was downright painful. The metaphors were convoluted and often took me completely out of the narrative. They read like the author had come up with them in the shower, thought they were hilarious, then just shoe-horned them in randomly throughout the story. It wouldn't be quite so terrible if these long-winded travesties were a rare occurrence... but they were everywhere. The first half of the novel is dense with prose that reeks of humour fallen flat, and was genuinely difficult to get through.

The main character, Mia, seems to have potential, if only the condescending narrator would allow her to possess a single redeeming feature without adding in a sarcastic quip. Additionally, the attention placed on sex, or thoughts of sex, or people referencing sex, or talk of nethers and "ancient tingling" and how attractive our oh-so-average-looking sixteen year old protagonist is, is almost as dense as the book's purple prose. Almost. Fear not, Kristoff will depart from the story a number of times to assure us that Mia's physical appearance just 'isn't quite right'... then proceed to inform us of the exact way her butt fills out her pants and how every man who looks at her wants to sleep with her. Excellent. The fact that the book opens with a glorified sex scene really set the bar low, yet I was still disappointed by how her character was explored throughout a large portion of the novel.

Additionally, Kristoff's choice to do his world building via footnotes leaves a lot to be desired. I understand not wanting to clutter a story with tidbits of lore or history, but frankly, if they are not good enough to be worked organically into the narrative, they probably aren't good enough full stop. The footnotes were a particular issue with the audiobook as you could not just choose to ignore or skip them. In the middle of a high-impact fight scene (which Kristoff writes very well), expect to be dragged on an unnecessary tangent that completely breaks the tension. Repeatedly.

At the end of the day, Nevernight is a tropey novel that reads like a YA fiction masquerading as adult fiction by sole virtue of sex and swearing. There is no increase in quality or sophistication. Admittedly, the novel does improve, but only in the last quarter or so, when action begins to take precedence over clumsy attempts at sex and 'witty' prose. If the sequel follows the example set by the final section of the novel, I imagine it will be a much better experience. The narrator, Holter Graham, did an excellent job with what he had to work with.

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  • steve
  • 09-26-17

Awful unless you're a teenage girl (maybe)

I made it through the first 2 chapters before the schlock overwhelmed me. The writing is ridiculously overdone to point that it's really intrusive and the pandering to edgy teen angst is probably patronising, although I wouldn't know, because I'm probably not the target audience. I was looking for a light and engaging plot driven story to listen to at work but this is like someone went and did a focus group on what the young teen girl would be attracted by and put it all in a book in the hope they'd buy it.

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