“Never Flinch. Never Fear. And Never, Ever Forget.”

It’s Nevernight in Godsgrave

Sandi Parsons
The Last Nerd

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A red dog wearing a black wig, copy of Nevernight, and a small black dog looking uncomfortable
Chilli is channeling her very best Mia Corvere while giving Rotto her best stink eye, as she doesn’t believe he’s doing a good job at playing Mister Kindly.
Rotto doesn’t know how more “not-cat“ he could be as he’s not a cat. Photo Credit: Sandi Parsons

I’ve never been one to fall for a book character, but I can’t get Mia Corvere out of my head. If I ever got another tattoo, it would be Mia’s mantra.

Never flinch.
Never fear.
And never, ever forget. — Jay Kristoff

Possibly it’s because I relate to Mia. Adversity has shaped and defined her while never, not once, allowing it to break her. She is focused and goal-orientated — even if that goal is to destroy those responsible for her father’s execution.

It’s almost never night in the Republic of Itreya

The Republic of Itreya is a world where the three suns only set once every two and half years. It’s a world of shadows, political intrigue, murder, mayhem, and a lot of smut — with footnotes.

“The brighter the light, the deeper the shadow.” — Jay Kristoff

Mia, who can manipulate shadows, joins a school for assassins — The Red Church. Mia is seeking vengeance for her father, publically executed after a failed rebellion. Mister Kindly, a not-cat — a daemon made of shadows, swallows Mia’s fear, enabling Mia to become her best self.

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Sandi Parsons
The Last Nerd

Sandi Parsons lives & breathes stories as a reader, writer, and storyteller📚 Kidlit specialist, dipping her toes in the big kid’s pool.