[ARC REVIEW] Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff


23264671Title: Godsgrave
Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: (The Nevernigt Chronicle #2)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Pub. Date: September 5, 2017
Genre: NA
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4.5/5

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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.


Godsgrave is the highly anticipated sequel to a wonderful novel titled Nevernight. Full of bloody treachery, murder, deceit, plans of assassination, romance, darkness, brutal determination and stone cold fury, this book takes readers on a wild ride though the portal of hell. I say hell because of all the blood, violence, and general darkness that makes this book so wonderful and beautiful in a really dark and fascinating way.

Mia can’t catch a break and even through careful plotting, obsessing over every little detail, preparing herself for what is to come, nothing goes as she expected. She goes through a lot in this novel. Not only does she yearn for revenge, she finds out life changing secrets that lead to a great adventure linked to her past. And even through the horror, the killing, Mia finds a way to trust and make allies. She grows, has to find new ways to deal with the darkness, the pain, the guilt and the fury. And maybe perhaps she even opens her heart a little….

She’d grown up inside books. No matter how dark life became, shutting out the hurt was as easy as opening a cover. -17%

This book kept me engrossed, intrigued, and on the edge of my seat until the very last page. Twists both predictable and not kept the story from being dull. Action, adventure, revenge. This book has it all! Mia creates a plot to take out her enemies, and she risks losing everything to fulfill it. So much blood rests on her hands, so many names and faces. She struggles with so much emotion in this novel, it truly is amazing. The journey, watching her struggle and fight herself every step of the way… How brilliant it will be when she finally stops fighting and just unleashes herself.

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 f*ck out of them.” -18%

The writing is just as flowery and poetic as in the first novel, and I found myself enjoying the flow and tone it provided for the story. It was easier to fall into the world, I found. Raw, gritty details of revenge and grief were written so well that I could feel the emotions coming of the pages. The shadows spoke as if they were looking over my shoulder, looming beside me. Mia’s journey is one we can all learn from; revenge isn’t always as great as we think it will be, nothing ever goes as planned, good can be found in the bad, and the past follows you no matter where you go. While we may not fight in areas as Gladatti, we still struggle much like Mia does, and the author is not shy of sharing the connection through his writing.

Overall, I enjoyed Godsgrave and will definitely be eagerly awaiting the next installment of the series! As for you, have you ever found the dark enticing? Ever enjoyed picturing blood splatter as a character assassinates an enemy? Then this is most definitely the book for you! Full of the raw, dark details of death and murder, vengeance and arrogance, Godsgrave leaves you sitting on the edge of your seat, pouring over every little detail and eagerly awaiting each plot twist and gruesome death.

P.S. Some quotes I liked:

  • If Vengeance has a mother, her name is Patience. –5%

  • The heavens grant us only one life, but through books, we live a thousand. –17%

  • “Death is the only promise we all keep. This life we live… there is room in it for love, Mia. But a love like autumn leaves. Beautiful one turn. A bonfire the next. Only ashes the remainder.” –34%


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