Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Reviewed by Jo Riccioni, Berkelouw Books, Mona Vale
Fantasy lovers, meet Mia Corvere, 17-year-old dispossessed noble of Godsgrave, on the run from her father’s killers and out for revenge. Mia is tough and smart, determined to become a student at the esoteric Red Church. But the Red Church is no ordinary school. There the most deadly assassins of the realm are trained and only there can Mia hope to learn the skills to avenge the regime that murdered her father and imprisoned her mother. When a string of grisly murders starts culling the young assassins-in-training, suspicions in the school run rife and loyalties are tested. Lucky Mia is no ordinary student! As a Darkin shadow-caller, she possesses a power shared only by the mysterious Lord Cassius, The Lord of Blades and Head of the Red Church. Set in a fantasy world inspired by Renaissance Venice, with a touch of Republican Rome, this 2017 Winner of the Aurealis Best Fantasy Award is a pacy and compulsive ride that will appeal to adults and older YA readers. Written in stylish and imaginative prose, Kristoff presents us with fully formed characters and an engrossing world, and is proof that some of the best quality fantasy authors are working right here in Australia. I can't wait for Godsgrave, the next book in the series, to hit the shelves in August 2017.