THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE
by Jay Kristoff
#1 August 2016, #2 September 2017, #3 September 2019 – St. Martin’s Press, USA
A USA Today Bestseller A Publishers Weekly Bestseller A Sunday Times Bestseller (UK)
“Nevernight’s plot is like a river in flood. The reader will be swept up in a world of hard choices, conflicting loyalties and characters you’ll remember for years.”–Robin Hobb
“Kristoff wields his writing like a fine blade—well-balanced, graceful and wickedly sharp.”–V.E. Schwab
Jay Kristoff is a #1 international, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction. He is the winner of six Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, has over half a million books in print and is published in over thirty five countries. https://jaykristoff.com/
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?
“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
“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
“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
Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.
When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.
“Kristoff again graces his story with hilarious asides, vicious competition, and a protagonist as relentless as she is fearless. Her brutal world is populated with a fascinating array of characters who often meet dismal and bloody fates…. Through tragedy, betrayal, and victory, this glorious adventure thrills and satisfies with cold violence, terrifying monsters, roaring crowds, and bloody honor.”―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Sexier, grittier, fiercer, bloodier ― Jay Kristoff’s Godsgrave is an action-packed showstopper. … Godsgrave thrums with unrelenting tension and suspense and you won’t know what to do with yourself once it’s over.”―USA Today
The Republic of Itreya is in chaos. Mia Corvere has assassinated Cardinal Duomo, and rumors of Consul Scaeva’s death ripple through the street of Godsgrave like wildfire. But buried beneath those same streets, deep in the ancient city’s bones, lies a secret that will change the Republic forever.
Mia and her brother Jonnen must undertake a perilous journey, with old friends and bitter rivals at their sides. Their quest will take them through the Godsgrave underdark, across the Sea of Swords, back to the library of the Quiet Mountain and the poisoned blades of Mia’s old mentors, and at last the fabled Crown of the Moon. There, Mia will at last discover the origins of the darkin, and learn the destiny that lies in store for her and her world.
But with the three suns now in descent, and Truedark on the horizon, will she survive?
“Kristoff effortlessly draws together multiple threads from the first two volumes and packs in plenty of wickedly sharp, beautifully choreographed, and gloriously bloody fight scenes while offering humor, heartbreak, and a few jaw-dropping surprises….A poignant and exhilarating finale to a superb fantasy series.”―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The stakes for our heroine feel higher than ever….Fans will love the fast-paced, epic conclusion to this dark and bloody tale.”―Kirkus Reviews
“The twists and turns start early in this volume, and readers expecting wry humor and high body counts will not be disappointed….Kristoff’s characters are fully formed and jump off the page. The world building, borrowing its structure from Italian political history, remains as intricate and fascinating as it was in Nevernight (2016). This series will appeal to fans of historical fantasy and of epic sagas with strong female protagonists.”―Booklist
“Kristoff’s action sequences are well done [and] humorous footnotes provide wry asides and additional info about this well-imagined realm. Readers who enjoyed the first two books will not be disappointed by this dark, addictive story.”―Library Journal