AUTHOR: Jay Kristoff
TRIGGER WARNING: Racism, Murder, Death.
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HarperCollinsNZ sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!
Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she’s told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia suspicions about the Red Church’s true motives begin to grow.
When it’s announced that Scaeva 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 him. 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 love 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.
Wow, I thought Nevernight was a wild ride, but Godsgrave was something else. ***THERE ARE SPOILERS FOR NEVERNIGHT IN THIS REVIEW*** This follows Mia after she has become a blade for the red church and begins her life anew after the betrayal of Ashlinn. Mia goes from trusting the church who has taught her so much, to believing the waters are rusted too deep with the blood they have spilled for coin.
I have to admit, I’m generally that person who reads for characters, not plot so it was really surprising to find the plot super intriguing. and while I guessed a few things, there were ALOT of things towards the end that I didn’t see coming., which was really enjoyable. The mythos that was introduced in the first story wasn’t really expanded on in this one, but small tidbits of information about Darkins was weaved into this story and gave you enough of a taster to be intrigued to figure out how the Darkins were made.
I do admit, I loved WAY too many of these characters, from Mia, Mecrucio and both Eclipse and Mister Kindly, to the new characters, the gladiatii that she fought with for her life.
I did personally have issue with the fact that the racisim in the first book wasn’t addressed, the Dywermi weren’t seen as any better in this book, they weren’t given positions of power or respect which was saddening to see.
I liked how the story played out to be that, everything she knew, was warped and wrong, that what she was fighting for, was not something worth fighting for. And the people she called family, were really her enemies. I believe this installment was just as good as the first one, it’s a slow read in the sense it’s a dense book and took me over 10 days to read, but it was a joy to read, and that plot twist at the end, OH MY GOD I didn’t expect that (true story, my friend asked how many pages it was, and I saw the last line of the book, which if you’ve read it, you know is the biggest spoiler and I only had like, 90 pages left to read I WAS SO SAD) but either way, this was a really good book plot wise, and I would’ve loved to see more world building, and more mythos explored but the character development was phenomenal and I cannot wait for the final installment in this trilogy.
Until next time,