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Publisher's Summary

Nevernight is the first in an epic new fantasy series from New York Times best-selling author Jay Kristoff. 

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, 16-year-old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic - the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her within the Church's halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder and be one step closer to the only thing she desires: revenge. 

©2016 Neverafter PTY LTD (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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  • sam
  • 2020-09-20

Not for me

I didn't get past chapter 3. The narration I could not handle. I couldn't figure out which character was talking. I usually listen to things when I drive. I didn't get a chance to figure out the character s. I liked the synopsis and the story sounded interesting. However I was so confused I kept trying to rewind but it didn't help. It probably got better but not my cup of tea.

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Excellent Fantasy adventure

Binged through this book. Great story, fast action and lush landscape. Like, Arya from GoT meets Hogwarts, but better!

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Narration for one character was so annoying

it made me not like the book more then 4 stars.. No book should have whispering

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Cool Concept, Slow Execution

Cool concept, but felt it took too long to get going for me. It was good otherwise.

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good story awkward voice actor

the voice actor pacing seems very oddly timed especially at the start of the book but you kind of get used to it. Slightly increased the speed. overall story pretty good

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Don't Judge this Book by its Cover

Actually, the cover is quite nice, but never mind the cover. At first impression, I wanted to chuck the book after the first chapter, but I stuck with it. The story felt slow and uninteresting to start. That changed when Mia met Trick. From there, everything started to make more sense and was becoming interesting. Very interesting. To the point I purchased the other books in the series before even finishing book one.

It took a few chapters, but the world is very cool and interesting. I can't wait to read/listen to more of it.

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Nevernight

The narrator made this book for me! He was very engaged the entire time and knew exactly when to slow down and speed up his speech to match the scene be it action, romantic, sad, etc. The story was great and a good fit for me.

It did have a slow start, and it took about 7 or 8 chapters to really hook me, but am I glad I stuck through with it.

One legitimate complaint I have is the use of footnotes in the book. I was reading along with a physical book as well. some of his footnotes go on far too long. I know they are there for world building, but I feel there is a better way to incorporate that. some of these footnotes lasted 3 minutes of the chapter time and some chapters have several footnotes this long as well; it just feels like a drag and takes me out of the story. Having the book I could at least see and skip forward; if I didn't have the book, I'd just be lost and confused with the story for how jarring they are and how they disrupt the flow.

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  • Max
  • 2021-07-06

Harry Potter with a knife and a vengeance

amazing storytelling and narrator, I started it thinking it would be fine while I work and it turned out to be a solid read cover to cover. Already spent too much time writing this review, gotta go start book 2!!

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Wow that was great! SO GOOD a must read.

The story everything was perfectly amazing. The characters were so complex and exciting with an awesome female lead! the story had depth, death, sex, growth, and action! everything a fantasy story should have, it had in my opinion. the narrator did an amazing job (although I did find little mias voice grating at times) really overall no complains a journey for sure I’ll be starting the next book now.

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Five stars for Mia Corvere

I really loved this book. It's been a long time since a fantasy novel has been this satisfying for me. Mia Corvere is a total powerhouse of a character with her unrelenting and unashamed drive for revenge tempered by her natural capacity for caring. The narrator was pretty darn close to perfect. I'm glad I chose an audiobook for this one. Five big 'thank you for being so good' stars.

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  • Justin
  • 2018-08-22

This book is total shit

The author has no imagination over compensates with graphic sex scenes involving a 16 year old girl. I want this shit off my account now!!!!

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  • Foy Stone
  • 2018-09-03

A.D.D. much?

Useless drivel when the author derails the story to explain some drink's past for no reason. He does it so often it gets extremely annoying.

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  • M. Kadish
  • 2016-11-07

Truly outstanding - a top 10 read

What made the experience of listening to Nevernight the most enjoyable?

Good narrator; unique narrative style

What other book might you compare Nevernight to and why?

Name of the Wind, but with assassins

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Absorbing, but may be better in segments, as the content and style can be rich.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended. Book One of a trilogy (the others aren't out yet), but it wraps up enough - no need to wait.

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  • Gus MoMé
  • 2017-07-12

Well-written torture porn with no satisfaction

What made the experience of listening to Nevernight the most enjoyable?

Nevernight is a well-written adult fantasy book, with an excellent narrator. I must say that this is a great book to listen instead of reading. The assembled cast is expertly given character development and the listening to the story creates an emotional effect on the listener.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It is very difficult to review this book without spoilers. The book in itself is going to make the listener/reader feel a variety of emotions that should not be anticipated by reading a review. However, dear reader, this is a horror movie. Like most horror movies, the plot is not important and is never happy. Instead of scares, the author is going to make you feel annoyance, sadness, bitterness, hatred, and impotence. Therefore, the book is never about the ending or a satisfying conclusion, the book is about a poignant journey through adventure and horror.

Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

I was extremely impressed with the unexpected villain. Holter Graham made me like the villain quite a lot and enjoy every single piece of dialogue that the villain had. The villain's character was very well represented by Holter Graham and I was totally hooked to it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Nevernight: never fear, never flinch and never forget.

Any additional comments?

Let's go a little in detail about the audio experience. As said before, this is a perfect book to listen. I do not think I would have enjoyed the book if I would have read it. The book is a horror book with a lot of character development and poignancy.

As a plot-driven reader, my general feeling with the book is an utter disappointment. I do not read, listen or watch a story for the sake of feeling, which is why I call this torture porn. Very similar to Game of Thrones, nothing comes to fruition in this book and all the horror experienced by the main character and myself as a listener is never worth it because there is no satisfying conclusion. Nothing is ever accomplished and therefore I feel that there is no point in continuing the story.

However, the book is expertly crafted because it meets its own goal. Intelligently, the Author is making me feel the emotions that he is conveying within the book and I have to say that although I disregard those emotions as Author Manipulation, the hook of the story transcends any idea of boredom. In other words, this is a book that is Never-Boring.

Torture porn has been around in Japan manga and anime for quite a long time and is currently very popular in tv shows and movies that "Go Dark" or show the story from the villain's perspective. However, I simply do not enjoy the idea of killing relatable, likable and emotionally invested characters for the sake of shock, or the idea of creating a permanent pool of struggles and failures just for the sake of keeping interest.

Nevernight is neverboring but is also neversatisfying.

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  • Devontay
  • 2016-10-27

Just try it....

I bought this book to kill time until another book was released and I'm sooooo glad I did. I was a little put off by the cadence and slightly odd tone of the narrator but the story was great! It contains just enough the popular fantasy elements (romance, revenge, grit, magic, mystery) to keep the story engaging. It's definitely a book meant only for adults.

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  • Shaw
  • 2020-02-24

The freakin narrator

At points he reads too quickly. I'm assuming he does it to mimic a fast pace but that's not needed at all. And as a certain character, he whispers way too quietly way too often. It's super annoying.
Towards the end, it requires the reader to take a large leap in logic to set up plot point that really bothered me.
other than that, good book. Just a mess to understand at some points because of the narrator. It's good enough for me to get the next book immediately. So that's something.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-10-14

Great story but I find it hard to recommend

Great story. Excellent writing. Awesome narrator. Some really good characters.

So, why a 3 rating?

I was really disappointed by the author's seeming obsession with sex, lust, body parts (nether regions mostly) and bad language.

I don't mind a little raciness. I can handle it. Really. But this was over the top. I feel like he could have done a PG-13 version and it would've been fine. Probably even better.

It's OK to leave a little mystery for the reader and allow them to use their imagination. Trust me, though. No imagination needed for this book. Nope. It's all spelled out with excruciating detail.

Total bummer because it's well written otherwise and I would have liked to recommend it. I also would have liked to read book #2 when it comes out. But I think I'll have to pass.

One more pet peeve: There were a lot of tangents and backstories, little side tales to explain a hand gesture or name. They also were not needed and were usually really, really distracting.

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  • David
  • 2018-08-15

Good story, not a great author, not a good narrator

This story was good enough that I will listen to the next one but it does come at a price. The author use metaphor in an odd way that often caught my attention and not in a good way. To describe it in one word, cheesy. I can live with it. The narrator on the other hand annoyed me a lot. He often emphasizes the wrong word or too many words in a sentence , like Captain Kirk. At the end of the day, I like the story and can live with the other stuff.

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  • D_Notice
  • 2018-07-31

Whole lot of mediocrity

An author who thinks he knows women a great deal better than he actually does (which is a shame since the main character is one) combined with a World builder's compulsion to info dump histories and back stories of unrelated things so that you can marvel at his creativity, and the jerkiness of a narrative that jumps back and forth in time because he doesn't know where the story should be told. Add to this a voice actor who is at times distracted while reading then barreling through the next section on a substandard recording where the discerning ear can hear mouth noises and shuffling of papers.

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  • J
  • 2016-10-23

Starts out in a lovely manner...

I started out loving this... but it goes from poem to Harry Potter: Assassin Edition to confused Murder Mystery/Adventure.

It feels as if the author wanted to write a beautiful epitaph carved in blood and pain, but then decided that it was lacking substance and changed formats several times over.

In addition, not only were certain sections rushed together removing any sense of immersion, but I was dismayed that although the performance was done passably well, the narrator is not female. Maybe later we'll find out that the reason for the narrator, but this felt out of place.

Given the maps and stylisation choices chosen by the author, should one choose to read this they're better off with the actual text.

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