With so much more murder than Nevernight, Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff may give Game of Thrones a run for it’s money for sheer bloodthirstiness and IT WAS GLORIOUS! Mia is back with new allies and old friends (maybe frenemies is a better term) and nothing is going to stand in the way of her revenge.
This review may contain mild spoilers for this book and other books in the Nevernight Chronicles (What I consider spoilers might not be what you consider spoilers but I thought that I’d put it out there just in case). READERS YE BE WARNED!
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.
I was a bit late jumping on the Nevernight bandwagon (I only read it mid this year) and wasn’t I annoyed when I found the book to be completely spectacular. Godsgrave was just as good as Nevernight, if not even better. I went in with fairly high expectations (the first book was just that good) and every single one of them was met and surpassed.
The storyline in Godsgrave was INTENSE. The whole I’m-going-to-murder-just-about-every-person-who-has-ever-wronged-my-family plot line was expanded on in a significant way, and while Game of Thrones Arya’s kill list might be getting shorter, it is becoming very clear that Mia’s just keeps getting longer. Points to Jay for keeping me on my toes for the entirety of this book because just about everything you thought was going on isn’t actually correct and HOLY JESUS THE PLOT TWISTS! Trust me dearies, you will be shocked to all hell.
OH. MY. GOD. #Mia #StabStabStab. Mia is possibly one of the most epic protagonists to ever exist. She is just such a badass and, even better, her character development in this book was spot on. More than just her kill list grew; Even with her whole world falling to shit she still managed to explore her sexuality, deal with some of her grief, and discover things about herself in a SUPER realistic way. No random “Yes. This is how I am supposed to be” bits here; Mia was confused and struggled and came out victorious (… Depends on how you look at it).
Like Nevernight, the beginning of Godsgrave was a bit slow (I’m starting to think that that may just be how Jay writes), but DON’T WORRY the calm sense of security you have at the beginning is set on fire and fed through a wood chipper within the first hundred pages. This book also includes footnotes, which I loved in Nevernight and adored once again in this instalment (NOTE: If you find you are having trouble jumping back and forth between the main story and the footnotes then I recommend listening to the audiobook instead. The narrator of the audiobook inserts the footnotes into the story seamlessly and you don’t even know what is a footnote and what isn’t.)
It has come to my attention that if I was ever somehow sent to Itreya I would most definitely die. However, that does not mean that I cannot simply enjoy reading about the death and destruction in this series fro the safety of reality. Everything about Godsgrave was amazing; The sarcasm, the murder, the smut (A few years of reading romance novels has completely cured me of any and all embarrassment about such things), and the ABSOLUTELY CRAZY PLOT TWISTS! I cannot wait for the last book to come out next year, find out what the final title will be, and see exactly how the series is going to wrap up (and, hopefully, find out who the bloody narrator is) because I know, with some certainty, that it will probably completely crush me.