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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • J
  • 10-23-16

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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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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  • M
  • 12-11-16

Surprisingly Good Tale...

Wasn't expecting much from this tbh. Especially as it was billed as a YA book. However, I'm thoroughly coverted. It's a lovely, flowing and captivating tale. However, it did take me a little bit to get used to the narrator's way of reading (he has wierd "sing song" way he phrases the words) but either I got used to it very quickly or he eased up on his peculiar reading style. Don't let that put you off though. The story starts off slowly and becomes a page turner before you know it! This books definately stands out from the sea of mediocre fantasy books out there. I was impressed with it. Definately give it a go if you are hesitating.

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  • Sarah
  • 09-21-16

Slow start compelling story

Was slow and confusing to start but morphed into a brilliant book. Narrator was excellent. Can't wait for the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-22-17

fantastic read

was a bit slow to start with and a little confusing at the beginning but it's seriously makes up for it in the rest of the book fantastic storyline of twists and Turns look forward to reading the second book seriously worth a listen worth every penny

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-28-16

can't wait for book 2!!

brilliant book , cracking story, colourful characters (and language 😁) and really well narrated. Couldn't wait to see what happened but didn't want it to end, can't wait for book 2!!

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  • victoria
  • 10-13-16

Amazing

Excellent and exciting with well thought out characters. Couldn't stop listening! Can't wait for the next instalment

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  • M. Greenland
  • 09-27-16

Very good story in a familiar world

I loved this book and couldn't wait to finish it.

The story follows familiar tropes in the world of assassination, gods and magic but does so in an engaging way with characters that you want to know more about. It leads you onwards but finishes the first book cleanly. I can't wait for the next one.

Good narration, voices are appealing and he handles the noted text well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-17

Unexpectedly Brilliant Book

The book starts with us watching the pivotal event in the life of a 10 year old girl. I found it a little confusing at the early chapters when we slipped from periods when the girl was ten and then fourteen and then sixteen and back again.

The development of intriguing characters, strong writing with an almost prose strength of language in some parts of the book was much more than I had expected. There is a fair amount of action and emotional input in the powerful writing. I must say that in the later end of the story there is a scene inside a prison and I actually shed a tear, not something I often do when reading.

It is a book I could recommend as I thoroughly enjoyed the story and cannot wait for book two.

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  • Sue
  • 08-08-17

Promising But.....

To begin with, I'm probably not the target audience, not being a 'Young Adult', so feel free to ignore this.
The story was promising, like dropping Harry Potter into Game of Thrones.
I liked the way it jumped around in time and didn't find that remotely confusing.
The narrator was super, adding an edge of snark.
The whole thing would have been great but for the prolonged sex scenes. Yawn.
If this had been a film I would have been throwing popcorn at the screen and yelling for them to get on with the story.
I know sex is a major thing for 'Young Adults' but having it narrated is more voyeurism than vicarious. Eeech! Also dull and uninteresting. GET ON WITH THE STORY!
If it doesn't improve I'm returning it. Sex I can get, assassin schooling is what I need.

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  • james
  • 06-24-17

Good find, spoilt only by the overblown sex scenes

Great racy story a trifle ott and the sex scenes were laughable. Great fantasy though very imaginative. Look forward to more if they cut back on the throbbing and pulsating

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  • lynsey Patina
  • 02-01-17

Brilliant, Quite Simply,Darkly Divine!!!

Original, richly compelling, often amusing in darkest sense of the word and filled with intregue, revenge, deep rooted evil and love. The world in which this tale is based is terrible yet magical with wonderfully deep characters who draw you into this realm of NeverNight right from the start. This book has been such a breath of fresh air to me that I am yet be as excited by the prospect of a follow on book since George R R Martin told his tales of thrones and dragons.

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  • Antonia
  • 12-10-16

unique style - interesting story - enjoyable

I enjoyed this book. The witty writing and interesting plot held me captive. I look forward to reading the rest in this series.

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  • Natasha
  • 12-14-18

A rich listening experience

Wow this book was amazing but the narrator just added that little something to push it to the next level! Reading the book would feel like a lesser experience now.

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  • Nina crause
  • 08-14-17

Pure brilliance, couldn't stop listening!

Loved it! loved it! loved it!
This book took me completely off guard and I didn't quite expect the sharp witticism and language- a nice surprise!
The narrator did a great job (hearing the swallowing sometimes was a bit distracting) his voices- flawless. If you are not sensitive to blood and swearing, like a bit of crassness then I highly recommend this book!

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  • Matt V
  • 04-14-17

Brilliant from start to finish

This was my first introduction to Kristoff, and I'm jumping in the fan bandwagon straight away. The story was dark, but not to sort of grimdark you might expect from Abercrombie. There were tragic moments, ones that made you really care for the characters, but the story was fun and exciting throughout, with some good twists thrown in just when you think you have it worked out.

I flipped between Graham's narration and the Kindle edition depending on circumstances but I'm really glad to have had the narration for the final chapters due to the great job with the drama and tension.