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.
Title : Godsgrave
Author : Jay Kristoff
Series : The Nevernight Chronicle
Format : eBook
Page Count : 448
Genre : YA (NA?) fantasy
Publisher : St Martin’s Press
Release Date : September 5, 2017
Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★
Hollis’ 4 star review
Hahahahaha.. hahahha.. hahaha.. haha.. hah.. a..
“The problem with being a librarian is there’s some lessons you just can’t learn from a book. And the problem with being an assassin is there’s some mysteries you just can’t solve by stabbing fuck out of them.”
If you, too, have read GODSGRAVE, I have no doubt this is one of probably only two reactions you had to that ending. Because hahahahah.. etc.
“You’re not helping.”
“.. I am offering moral support..“
“You’re being an annoying little shit.”
“.. that too..”
But the sound of my mania aside, this was heads and bloody tails above book one. I had seen potential in NEVERNIGHT but there was just something missing, some depth, or some.. thing. I don’t even know. But GODSGRAVE? It had all the blood, violence, and sex of book one but somehow didn’t feel like a YA book. This one seemed to find its own niche, revel in its unique existence, and just thrive; instead of trying to find the balance between the YA and the dark.
“He was a hero.”
“We all think that of our parents. They give us life, after all. It’s easy to mistake them for gods.“
The whole setting for book two is so different, and I loved it, even if the drive is still the same. The goal, the end game, nothing has changed. Mia is out for revenge and she has to get very creative in how she goes about that. And oh are the twists glorious. O glory!
“How do you endure the unendurable?“
“We have a saying in Vaan : in every breath, hope abides. Just keeping breathing, little Crow.“
And then there’s that ending. Big reveals, big surprises, big climax. If I didn’t have an ARC of book three at my fingertips I would be s h r i e k i n g right now. Or just laugh myself silly. As above.
“You don’t find any irony in earning your place in a cult of assassins by saving half a dozen lives?“
“I killed almost a hundred men in the process.”
If you gave NEVERNIGHT a chance and just didn’t love it, for whatever reason, I would highly recommend pushing on. This was a rewarding, riveting, raucous experience, even if it took me forever to read, and I don’t regret a single moment spent with this thicc monster.