Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff is the second book in The Nevernight Chronicle. Going forward with this review, I am going to assume you have either read the previous book, or my review for that book. If you haven’t read either, be prepared for some spoilers. Like always, I will not have any spoilers for Godsgrave. And again let me reassure you that this book is in fact NOT written for younger readers. This book was written for an ADULT audience, regardless if you find it in the YA section at your local book store.
After finding her place as a Blade of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, Mia Corvere finds that the higher ranking members of the Red Church don’t believe she has earned it. While working her dark trade, Mia is no closer to avenging her familia. In fact, the Red Church claims that Consul Julius Scaeva is strictly off limits. However, after encountering a deadly enemy, Mia’s suspicions of the Red Church’s true motives rise.
Like always, I am in love with the story Godsgrave tells. Now Mia is a full fledge Blade despite not successfully completing the final trial. At first, the story starts out with Mia using her skills as a hired assassin. However, the story takes a total, but exciting, turn. There is only a short period of time where Mia is a loyal Blade to the Red Church. I won’t spoil where Mia’s story turns to, but her new path towards revenge is bloodier than ever.
Now, Mia’s journey to avenge her familia may have taken a different direction, but Mia is still the assassin I fell in love with. The main difference is the group that surrounds her for most of the story. There are quite a few new characters, so I won’t spoil you meeting them for the first time, but Eclipse joined Mia at the end of Nevernight and shows up in Godsgrave. Eclipse is the shadow-wolf familiar that Mia picked up after Cassius was killed. So, I love Mister Kindly, but Eclipse’s personality is so entertaining when interacting with Mister Kindly. The two daemons are so different and at odds with each other that I always giggle at their interactions. Mia is the same: sarcastic, clever, compassionate, fearless, and deadly as ever.
Alright, the story didn’t go along the way I thought it would. Right off the bat it took a twist, and the twists just kept coming. I love the twists though. Even if some of the twists were just cruel for my emotions. Authors tend to be cruel it seems, I love and hate that. Although Godsgrave didn’t go where I expected, I loved it. However, I thought at least SOME of my questions would be answered, but alas gentlefriends that is not the case. I am left with no answers and more questions running through my mind. Now to quickly devour Darkdawn and have my heart most likely shattered.
“She’d grown up inside books. No matter how dark life became, shutting out the hurt was as easy as opening a cover. A child of murdered parents and a failed rebellion, she’d still walked in the boots of scholars and warriors, queens and conquerors. The heavens grant us only one life, but through books, we live a thousand.”
“That’s the power of words; twenty six little letter can paint a whole universe.”
“You can keep the glory. I’m just here for the blood.”
“The choice between looking plain and pretty isn’t really a choice at all. But any fool knows looking dangerous is preferable to both.”
“Problem with being a librarian is there’s some lessons you just can’t learn from books. And the problem with being an assassin is there’s some mysteries you just can’t solve by stabbing the fuck out of them.”
Star Rating: /5
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