Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) by Jay Kristoff
Review: Diving straight into GodsGrave, we pick up a few months after NeverNight finishes up. At least the story does start there in the flashbacks to catch us up in the to the present, yup that’s right. We do get another present and past dual story plots leading up to the scream filled ending that is GodsGrave. Loved the past and whats currently going on as in the first book with Mia’s past on how she got to where she is currently at the Murder church (yes, I do know the actual name. Its the Red Church of Blessed Murder, I just like calling it the Murder Church) . In this one working for Murder Church and figuring shit out and currently is pretending to be a slave Gladiator to get to her flawless plan of revenge (if you could not already tell by how I wrote that out-it was not flawless).
To complete her insane plot she has the help of the one and only Old Mercurio, is the only sort of familia that Mia has. Even if he is an old grump, he is the only true father figure Mia has known. Mia also has the help of an unlikely (was an enemy not too long ago…) friend/foe, and let’s not forget a mysterious figure clad in black and shadows who keeps showing up to help Mia out…
There is also new romance for Mia, but once again I’m just not interested in it (and no I’m not going to spoil you on who it is, although it’s not hard to guess). Normally, I love romance in everything I read and I want Mia to be happy (I really, really do). But, for some reason I just don’t care that much for it in Mia’s story. Mia can be with anyone she wants, I could careless (as long as they make her happy). I just want to see her paint the skies black, conquer all, and get her revenge.
Now, back to Mai pretending to be a slave so she can compete in the Gladiator games/tournaments they make them play to win their freedom. Whoa, these were so good! I loved every moment, and was on the edge of my seat hoping Mia would get to kick some major ass! I am going to let one tiny little bit of spoiler slip, not a big thing in anything for the book(s). It’s just so freaking cool I have to talk about it! In one of the games, Mia grabs the severed guts/entrails from a person on the apposing team and pretends they are hers as she walks into enemy lines. During this whole moment and all that come after it in the game, I was sitting straight up and super giddy for what Mia had in store for her enemies. Every time there was another tournament, Mia or others she knew, I was holding my breath in anticipation.
I can’t talk about this book without spending some time on Jay Kristoff. Yep, he’s at it once again with his author foot notes. His sass is back in full force, Easter eggs, foreshadowing and length. One whole page was all footnotes, which were hilarious and well timed. As for the hints and Easter eggs, Kristoff makes a veiled reference to Romeo and Juliette and their lives in they had lived and been together as they wished. And I cannot tell you how much he hints and foreshadows, so much that I kept making notes. Notes on Niah and Aa’s son, who Kristoff says and I quote- ” And as for what became of their son? As I said last time, gentlefriends, that would be spoiling things.” Major hints at what will be coming in pieces through GodsGrave and more so in DarkDawn.
I think my favorite thing second to the Gladiator tournaments, is the information we get on the Darkin. Finally! Some real-ish answers on what Mia is, along with the reactions to other Darkin. There happens to be another slave, self imposed by the way, who is Darkin. Nothing at all like my beautiful Lord of Blades, Lord Cassius (whom I love and wish we got his own story). The yearning-lust-hunger- and sickness is back for both he and Mia felt toward was wild. I have no clue how they could even think straight (it was hard by the way, in more ways then you think). Even their shadows reaching out toward each other, fighting, holding hands, wind blowing through hair, kissing and having sex together was interesting to see. Their shadows I mean, the real physical bodies did not in fact act out any of what their shadows did. But, I do have to admit that I would have liked to see it. Two Darkin together, and unleashing their passion. I’d think they by then end of that encounter, they’d both be bathed in blood and one might be dead too.
We learn some hard and ugly truths with Mia, about some of the secrets both her parents kept from her. All from a source who knew both, and Mia can’t deny (but will, at first with the surge of anger she feels) when faced with the facts and her own memories. As I like to say, I won’t spoil anything. I myself hate to be spoiled and I only spoil things for those who become my enemy by spoiling things for me. But for a little hint, as to some things Mia learns that were largely hinted at, at the end of NeverNight (a nine year old son of someones? Maybe coincidence? Maybe not.).
Finally, i would like to touch on how I reacted to the end of the book. The massive amounts of shit hitting the fan in the last few chapters and me screaming obscenities at the book (and shaking it to be honest). I still have so many, many theories for book three (DARKDAWN). But, I do know that most of all Jay Kristoff will NOT be doing anything that a human might think up that could possibly happen, whether its insane or sound reasoning.
Some answers are learned. But the important ones are earned.
But there is beauty in knowing all things end, Mai. The brightest flames burn out the fastest. But in them, there is warmth that can last a lifetime. Even from a love that only lasts the nevernight.
My father used to say the art of telling a good story lies in knowing when to stop. Keep talking long enough, you’ll find there’s no such thing as a happy ending.
This is not where I die. I’ve far too much killing to do.
Conquer your fear, and you can conquer the world…
Soon, the sky itself will know my name.
If you can’t see your chains, what use is a key?
But I didn’t fancy the thought of being told what I could or couldn’t be. So I tried anyway. It was my dream. And one best dreamed awake.
Because the voices in your head that say otherwise are just fear talking. Never listen to fear. Fear is a coward.
Would I? Reread? Yes, I think so. Recommend to others? Yes, my friends probably hate me for how much I talk about this series. Read more from this author? Till I die. Read more of this series? You could not stop me.
Rating: 5 out of stars.
Edition: Hardcover, UK Edition, 464 pages.
Adult Fantasy. Mature Themes. Mature Content. Romance.
Published September 7th 2017 by HarperVoyager (first published September 5th 2017).
Summary: 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.
-Summary from GoodReads.com