Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
Also by this author: Illuminae, Nevernight
Series: Nevernight Chronicles #2
Also in this series: Nevernight, Nevernight
Published by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
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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.
After re-reading Nevernight and highly enjoying it even more the second time around I could not wait to see how Mia’s story continued.
I liked this one from the start because it felt like Mia was really out there in the world being an assassin and seeing all of the good and bad that came with being out there. I really enjoyed all of her interactions with her old school mates and the political intrigue was still in the story. Ultimately, we still know what Mia desires and how she plans to get there.
I do have to say the whole middle section of this book was a little bit of a let down though. Mia becomes a gladiator, which should be highly interesting, but she spends a lot of time just training and the matches she is in are not that bloodthirsty or cut throat. It felt like Mia cheated a lot to get her way instead of having the skill set this time. I still really love her and her interactions with Mr. Kindly are still hilarious but the middle of the novel did drag a little. The only thing I really liked about this slow lazy part was the relationship Mia was in. I felt that was done exceptionally well.
The ending 100ish pages is where the story picks back up and we start to see the threads come together. I really enjoyed this part of the story because we were finally getting to see some action as well as learn some secrets. The ending of this book is certainly shocking and leaves you ready for the conclusion of this story. I just really hope that since all of the pieces are now out there that we can move forward with slightly more excitement in the finale of this series. I still think Kristoff can write a damn good story though.