A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.
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.
Set in the world of Nevernight, which Publishers Weekly called “absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness,” Godsgrave will continue to thrill and satisfy fantasy fans everywhere.
Ok well here’s the thing. I’m not over that ending and I don’t think I will be until I have book three in my hands JAY HOW COULD YOU BE SO CRUEL AS TO END A BOOK LIKE THAT.
Whew. Now that I’ve got that off my chest let me try to properly review one of the best books of 2017- Godsgrave.
This book was so easy to read. It’s the epitome of great storytelling, with everything so well balanced and crafted that it made this monster of a book feel like a breeze. Then it was suddenly over and I wanted MORE. I wish every book I picked up left me feeling that way, where I’m so engrossed in what’s written that I’m not checking to see how many pages I have left or what’s new on Twitter, then BAM it’s over. I think Godsgrave is easily Jay Kristoff’s best book.
There was a marked improvement in pacing over Nevernight. Last year, when I read the first book, it took me absolutely forever to finish and my biggest issue was clunky pacing. That isn’t a problem even a little bit in Godsgrave. Kristoff has found a great balance of keeping the action going while still fleshing out this amazing world he’s created, which leads me to my next point.
The world-building is still really strong in Godsgrave. I thought this was something that was pretty well done in the first book, but I’m so glad it continued on in this sequel because I feel like I have a much fuller picture of what I’m reading now. Fingers crossed that this trend continues in the third book because I think it’s a highlight of the series so far.
The characters in Godsgrave are excellent, especially the new ones. And I finally like Mia! I feel like her motivations are presented in a way that made me care more. Before I was more like, “Ok, so she wants to kill some people, I’ve read that before.” Now my thoughts are more along the lines of, “Well I’d like to see those people dead now too, so go get ‘em, my little murder cupcake.” Getting to see Mia more vulnerable in this book also helped to humanize her character.
I’m trying, I really am, but I can’t think of any complaints for Godsgrave- thus the five stars and multiple uses of caps lock. If you’re like me and were somewhat meh after reading Nevernight, please don’t let that stop you from picking up the sequel. If you were like everyone else and LOVED Nevernight, oh boy, are you in for a treat with this one.