On Friday night I was fortunate enough to attend the Melbourne launch of Nevernight, the newest offering from Jay Kristoff.
I'll be posting a review on Reading Lark next week, so I won't go into details but briefly, this is the story of Mia Corvere, whose family was destroyed for political reasons, leading to her vowing revenge. Mia trains as an assassin at the Red Church, the fiercest killers in the world, in order to take down those who executed her father and imprisoned her mother. First, she just has to survive the training.
Let's start with the cover. This is a thing of beauty. Those three coloured circles are more than that, they're the three suns that circle Mia's world.
If you look closely, the crow is not just a crow, you can see a cat, a noose, a phial of poison, a barrel, a dagger and so many other elements of the story. It really is magnificently done and represents the story beautifully. Well done to the cover artist and designer.