Nevernight

The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 1
Narrated by: Holter Graham
Series: The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 1
Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
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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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A Fun, intense listen. Worth the credit for sure.

Mia is a character that you are going to learn to love. She is thrust into the life of darkness surrounded by the light and has to make some really big choices.
The world building is well layered, with interesting history adding depth to the story and adding context to the situations.
The characters are complex, complicated and constantly growing with the story.
There are some aspects which don't pull together quite as neatly as i would like but all in all a great, fun read.

Oh, the narrator is pretty good too, making me laugh out loud at one point and nearly jump out of my skin in another!

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Grim dark with character voice

Character voice is amazing in this book, and it really is the driving force that makes me recommend it. The narrator, is funny.

People call this book edgy, but I whole heartedly disagree. Maybe it is because the over saturation of the term, but this book isn't edgy by any stretch of imagination if we go by the literal meaning of the word. So, don't be off put by it.

It does feel info dump heavy, however. If you aren't alright with those, you might feel the first few chapters grueling.

The voice of the book is amazing, but male characters voices is where it falls apart; males do sound samey, but it is not a biggy. Female voices shine.

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finally a good "edgy" story

this is the kind of book that terrible edgy novels are trying to be. fantastic and brutal.

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A bloody, good time.

This is a fun fantasy book. the narrator is visceral and often darkly funny. the characters are very likeable (or hateable when it comes to the villlains) and the world is imaginative and fun. Kristof goes into many gory details and while it could be excessive in another book, it fits perfectly with the story being told. The performance is also great. it's full of energy and definitely captures the tone of the book well.

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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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  • Rh
  • 04-04-18

Alright story but the narrator was not for me

I wouldn't say that this was a masterpiece, but it was good enough (based on the three-ish hours I listened to). However, I found the narrator's reading style extraordinarily annoying and the story did not capture me enough to make me want to stick it out. The opening was pretty brutal, but it is a story about an assassin, so this was expected and some promise. I will keep an eye out for a print version though. I would recommend listening to the sample to see if the reading style suits you or not.

*edit* I did end up finishing the book and added stars as it had an ending I didn't see coming, and the characters grew on me.

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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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  • O
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-30-19

Not my best purchase

This book was hard to complete the story was really difficult to engage with. I found the narrator to be monotonous and found no joy in the story

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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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  • Matthew
  • 01-12-19

Endurance is the name of the game

Nevernight. Just the name sounds edgy doesn’t it? Well this book is ultra edgy. Cringeworthy romance, ridiculously over the top writing and incredibly bland plot line.

I have to imagine the target audience of this book is the same as the twilight series. It has to be, because that’s the only way I can see anybody being able to make it through to the end.

I gave it a really, really solid effort and made it through to the last two hours. I dropped it for a few months because I couldn’t take it anymore. Came back and still couldn’t finish the last hour.

There were a few memorable moments... okay maybe only one, that being a particular poisoning scene. Besides that, nothing else of importance happened in the book. The action scenes were decently visceral but I think the narrator plus writing really ruin that part as well.

The narration is decent considering the writing, he really does his best to make it his own. But damn if it just isn’t hard to listen to.

I’d say, don’t bother unless you were a fan of twilight.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-19

Well. It was on sale, so there's that.

If you loved Name of the Wind and Joe Abercrombie, prepare to be very disappointed here. Opening scene is statutory rape a la Proust. Endless footnotes. Utterly unlikable lead. Pass.

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  • Lisa Hayes
  • 01-09-19

OMG! Riveting stuff.

This is probably one of the best books I have ever read (well listened to). I was completely gripped by the story right from the start and it never ever let me go.
The narrator did an extraordinary job which added to the experience and the enjoyment. Do yourself a favour & read this book.

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  • young reader
  • 09-25-18

Excellent

Well performed, fantastic tale that doesn't hold back. Not for the faint hearted. Loved it and recommend it to adults that like their fantasy with hard edges

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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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  • Bear Paintain
  • 03-26-20

Absolutely brilliant

The story, the words and the narration make this a must listen to for any Fantasy fan.
Can’t wait to listen to the next book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-20

Great story, disappointing narrator

A classic "teenager goes to [assassin] school" story. It's done very well. Good character development, pacing.

I struggled with the narrator. His voicing was good at times, but he speaks. In a halting. Rhythm. I do not care for. The unnecessary pauses.
Audio volume was a touch inconsistent.