Author: Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publisher: St. Martins Press
SYNOPSIS: 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.
THIS BOOK IS GOOD.
Okay that’s it, move along. Nothing else to say.
HAH JUST KIDDING I HAVE A MILLION THINGS TO SAY.
Much like my review of Nevernight let’s get the hard stuff out of the way. This book is ADULT FANTASY. Not Young Adult. ADULT. This book and this entire series is very heavy and has some very hard subjects involved, and I urge you to go in with caution. I don’t want anyone to read this that wouldn’t be comfortable with the themes. Here are some Trigger Warnings so you know what is involved: assault, death (murder), gore, violence, graphic sex, loss of family members (flashbacks).
First and foremost I absolutely love Jay Kristoff. He is such an incredible author and I feel his books just get better and better the more he publishes. It will be a sad day for the entire world when he decides to retire from writing.
Godsgrave picks up 8 months after the events of Nevernight (which was WILD btw) and it doesn’t miss a beat. We are immediately thrown right back into the action, right back into the brutal world of Itreya with Mia and the Red Church. Godsgrave is nothing short of heartstopping and heartwrenching. I felt the entire time that I wasn’t breathing because I was so nervous for what was to come, and I’VE READ THIS BOOK BEFORE 😂 that’s how great of an author Kristoff is, even coming back 2 years later it felt like an entirely new book to me and was just as thrilling as the first time I read it.
Much like my reread of Nevernight earlier this month I tried the audiobook this time around and IT WAS SO GOOD. The narrator is phenomenal and makes the story so TENSE. I highly recommend the audiobook, especially if you struggle with books with tiny writing and lots of footnotes. The footnotes are just incorporated straight into the story of the audiobook so there’s no break from them and you honestly wouldn’t even know it was a footnote.
The story line of Godsgrave definitely took a different turn from Nevernight than I was anticipating but that doesn’t make it any less of a story. If anything it felt like a great progression to the story without it feeling a repeat of Nevernight. The story was just as strong and the characters even stronger. Mia grew SO much in this story without losing who she is and I loved it so much. This is character development at it’s finest folks.
I don’t want to give away any spoilers to this since it is a sequel, but just know this might be the best “second” book I’ve ever read. I loved it beyond words and I simply cannot wait for Darkdawn to be upon us in 6 days. Don’t forget, this is an ADULT fantasy book.