In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.
Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.
Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.
Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?
Firstly let's just appreciate how beautiful the cover is as well as those gorgeous maps.
I love Mia as a character, she's just so stabby and causes so much blood loss. Also I love how much of a book worm she is. I’d love to think that we’d be friends if she was real, but she’d probably just kill me instead. Mister Kindly would have to be my favourite character, he was so snarky and it is obvious that he cares for Mia.
The other characters were all cool, some of the earlier ones that died of quickly were rather forgettable. I really liked Naev's character, Shaliid Mouser and Shaliid Aaelia though.
The narration style of the story took a little while to get used to and I can see why that would turn some people off, I however, once I’d gotten used to it loved the narration style. I thought it was fun and quirky, it added a little more individuality to the book.
The world in this book was super interesting and had me immediately intrigued. I loved when Mia was in Godsgrave and exploring as well as when she went anywhere/
The magic system was a little vague, I do normally like a strongly developed magic system as soon as possible, however, I think it works here as Mia is still trying to work out her own magic, and the blood/skin magic is fairly well explained.
The plot, however, was where this book fell a little flat, I found it predictable. I was able to guess who was really behind everything and where certain plot threads were going a little sooner then I would have liked, which did distract from my enjoyment.
I did love the fact it was based on Republic Rome and had a little geek out about it. Overall its a really enjoyable book and a solid start to a series.
I give Nevernight four out of five stars.