Title: Godsgrave (Nevernight Chronicle #2)
Author: Jay Kristoff
Published by: Harper Voyager
Release date: 7th September 2017
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.
Thank you so much to Jaime at Harper Voyager for sending me a proof of Godsgrave to review!
After devouring and becoming mildly obsessed with Nevernight last year, I really wasn’t sure how I was going to manage the wait for book 2. And I had absolutely no idea how the explosive, heart stamping wonder that was Nevernight could be topped. But Godsgrave did not disappoint; it had all the glory of Nevernight, amplified by ten. It was dark, gory, fast-paced and so, so gripping.
Mia is fiercer, snarkier and more determined than ever in Godsgrave, and her mission for revenge takes her on an even darker path than before. This path introduces us to a whole new cast of great characters, and we also see some of my favourites from book 1, but of course every scene with Mr Kindly and Eclipse was the best. Their constant arguing and sarcasm brought endless entertainment.
As before, I loved the writing style. Godsgrave was so fast-paced, so intense that I really struggled to put it down. That is, until I got to a particularly heart crushing or shocking twist or turn, and then I needed to take a moment, close the book and stare at the wall before jumping back in. I’d almost forgotten just how dark and well built this world is, and we see more death and darkness in this book as Mia delves deeper into her plot for revenge.
Yet again, THE ENDING. I’m left seriously doubting how I can manage the wait for the next book. I NEED ANSWERS.