- Hardcover: 427 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; Signed edition (9 August 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250073022
- ISBN-13: 978-1250073020
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.7 x 24.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 635 g
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Launching the Nevernight fantasy series, Kristoff (the Lotus War trilogy) creates a splendid world of corruption and violence. Kristoff portrays a world as rife with villains and treachery as the ancient Italian civilizations it echoes. Absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness, this beginning promises (and delivers) equal shares of beauty and decay. With a delicate balance of the ancient and the magical, this tense and brutal tale is unflinching, thrilling, and satisfying." - Publishers Weekly, starred review on Nevernight
"A sensuous, shades-of-moral-gray world; a compelling, passionate heroine; a high-stakes quest for revenge--this is a fantasy fans won't be able to put down."--Kirkus on Nevernight
"The world-building is delightfully detailed, its baroque flourishes supplied by sarcastic footnotes, but we are drawn through the narrative by Mia's triple quest: to rescue her family members, to avenge her father's death and to survive her education at the church, where the ultimate test is to avoid being killed by the training." -The Daily Mail on Nevernight
"Assassins, magic, strange creatures are all pluses for me. But my favorite thing about this book is the voice...I adore well-done omniscient narrators with snark and a slight bit of disdain for either the reader or the main character."--Book Riot on Nevernight
"Kristoff's bold writing style...joins lyrical high fantasy with f-bombs aplenty, Pratchett-like humor and unflinching descriptions of violence."--SciFiNow
"Harry Potter meets The Lies of Locke Lamora"--USA Today
"The innovative setting, fast-moving plot, vivid descriptions, and thrilling action scenes make this a refreshing addition to the steampunk canon." - Publishers Weekly, starred review on Stormdancer
"Soars higher than the arashitora Kristoff writes about; superb." - Kirkus, starred review on Stormdancer
"Stormdancer is an intoxicating joyride into steampunklandia with a magical dose of mythology, the supernatural, violence, dystopian themes, and a top-notch brassy heroine who rivals Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games. Yes, I did say that!" --Huffington Post
"Murder, magic, sex, and humor--the first installment in Kristoff's new fantasy series is off to a rollicking start... Kristoff has created a rich, vibrant world for readers, borrowing heavily from historical Italian political structures, which provide a base of stability and familiarity to the new creations. Footnotes accompany the story, ...embellishing and further developing the world, and providing a welcome and often biting wit. Dense and measured, this will appeal to fans of traditional and political fantasies."--Booklist
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But I especially love fantasy that has kick-ass female leads, that takes time to delve deeply into characters without ever being slow, and that doesn't skip the steamy bits. And Nevernight has aaaaallll of this.
There's violence, magic, an assassin school, a shadow-cat, sand-kraken, and more. These things are all cool, sure, (...they're really cool...) but they aren't why I fell in love with the book. I fell in love with the characters, plot, and pace, because those three elements were perfectly balanced and managed. I fell in love with the whole story.
Speaking of characters, there is an added bonus character - the unknown narrator. When I first started reading I worried that such a narrator would be intrusive, or irritating, but this was not the case. Not for me. I remained fascinated with the narrator throughout, but that fascination did not take over the story. The further along the book I got, the more I fell in love with his/her/its wit and voice, and the narrator remains a mystery that I am in no rush to solve.
I saw that someone else found the footnotes frustrating in the e-book version. I read this in e-book form, and I really enjoyed the footnotes, and found them easy to navigate. Each to their own, I suppose.
Now, at the risk of this review making it sound like Nevernight is all about sex (it's totally not. Some sexy stuff happens, but only a few times - mostly it's just an awesome story) I wanted to talk here about the sex scenes. Because they are well done. And not just because it's some 'tastefully written smut'. But because our young, sexually inexperienced female MC takes control of her own sexuality in a way that I thought was empowering and also believable. I feel like Mia says to herself 'That's my sexuality, thank you very much, so I'll be taking it, and I'll be using it, and I'll be doing what I want with it when I want because it's MINE. And I won't be feeling guilty about it at all.' I feel like I hardly ever see this, particularly when the main character is female and young. I wish I could see this more often when the subject of female sexuality comes up. In books. In life. You know.
Oh, by the way, if you are the sort of person that thinks that swearing ruins the poetic beauty of a work, this might not be for you. Because this author swears elegantly. And sometimes, it seems, just for the fun of it. I, for one, think that's f*#cking fantastic.
Lastly, Nevernight ended on a note that left me satisfied, but with enough open ends to have me hanging out to start the next one. The perfect way to end the first book of a trilogy.
Super all round. I'll be recommending this series to all of my friends.
There is a lot to like . The characters were well written. The plot made sense. The world building was complex.
Some people complained about the style but I found it relatively straightforward, The primary story being told by a currently unnamed chronicler with flash backs at various points in the narrative supplying motive
However there was rhird voice in rhe piece. The footnote. I ended up taking a star off for the excessive use of footnotes, combined with the irritating way they appeared in the kindle format. Let me explain. You click a footnote and got a paragraph. There was also invite to ' got to footnotes' which took you to an expanded footnote. Some of these were up to two pages long. You then had to navagate your way to your original place. This was repeated at least three times a chapter A lot of this information could have been inserted into the story or not been used at all. Who needs to know who designed a certain building and whether they had a statue erected in the builder's honour?
I also deducted half a star for writer vanity. A certain amount of the footnotes were witty comments , some addressed directly to the reader. I can think of no reason they were put in as footnotes other than author the thought of something amusing, couldn't figure out how to insert it into the narrative so decided to make it a footnote because he couldn't bear to cut it.
My advice is to read the story ignoring the footnotes intially. You can always read the footnotes on a second read through
Final rating was 3,5 stars
The book's biggest weakness is in the inconsistent morality, immorality and amorality of its protagonist - an assassin - and her overall objectives, which appear to be to destroy society. Hard things to persuade an audience are sensible or reasonable.
Worth reading if you're a fan of school fantasy.
It's good. Is it the best? Hard to say. But it's good. Very good. Read Jay ' s other books as well and liked them. So yeah, well worth it. Can't wait for the others.