REVIEW: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I must admit, I am very late to the Jay Kristoff book party. I had bought Nevernight years ago when it was nominated for a Gemmell Award but it had been sitting in the middle of my to-be-read pile since and I had (until recently) always picked up something else instead. The mystical Instagram algorithm suggested Jay Kristoff as someone I might want to follow just before the release of his Empire of the Vampire and I pre-ordered that within minutes of seeing his posts. That tome broke my heart in the way only great grimdark can and has topped my favourite reads of the year. I wanted more.  So Nevernight jumped to the top of my reading list and I should have read it years ago; it is a stroke of genius.