Godsgrave (B&N Exclusive Book) (Nevernight Chronicle Series #2)

Godsgrave (B&N Exclusive Book) (Nevernight Chronicle Series #2)

by Jay Kristoff


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This Barnes & Noble exclusive edition of Godsgrave includes stunning bonus art and an additional action-packed short story set in the world of the Nevernight Chronicle.

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.

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ISBN-13: 9781250144867
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Series: Nevernight Chronicle Series , #2
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

JAY KRISTOFF is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Nevernight Chronicle, the Lotus War series and the co-author of the Illuminae Files. He is a winner of the Aurelius Award, was nominated for the David Gemmell Morningstar, and Legend awards, was named multiple times in the Kirkus Review and Amazon Best Teen Books lists, and is published in more than twenty-five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all this as you are.

He spent most of his formative years locked in his bedroom with piles of books, or gathered around dimly-lit tables rolling polyhedral dice. Being the holder of an Arts degree, he has no education to speak of. He is 6'7 and has approximately 13,030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world's laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.

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Godsgrave (Nevernight Chronicle Series #2) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you liked the 1st book, then you will probably enjoy this just as much. A worthy 2nd chapter that will leave you dreading the wait for part 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story cant wait for the finale!!
ChellyPike More than 1 year ago
Jay Kristoff is... IDK. I can't judge him personally but his writing is brilliant. Mia is the most kick-a** character to ever bleed on the sand and WTF just happened? I was worried that GODSGRAVE would be a pale imitation of NEVERNIGHT and I could not have been more wrong. Sass and sarcasm. Check. Sex. Check. Blood and guts and gore. #stabstabstab. There is violence and then there is violence and Mr. Kristoff has elevated hacking off limbs and severing heads to poetry. It's like a brutal ballet and I couldn't stop watching the blood splash across the page. The story is all twisty and turny (yes, that's a word now) and... and... and... I need the next book. What just happened! Jay Kristoff is a monster. He's my favorite monster.
Anonymous 3 months ago
"So much wealth held in so few palms. A kingdom of the blind, built on the backs of the bruised and the broken." I know I'm late to the game on this book, so everything has been laid out in other reviews from years ago. I got this book as soon as it came out (back in 2017), after loving the first one which I believe I had read at the beginning of that year. I adored the world and the story and Mia Corvere--badass, fearless assassin hell-bent on revenge. However, there are so many books on my shelves, and I put this one off until now. It took me less than 48 hours to finish it, which should tell you how captivating and incredible this sequel was. This book is set 8 months after the end of Nevernight, and the first part of it alternates between the present and flashbacks that help readers to understand how exactly Mia ended up in the situation she's in. She gets "captured" by a slaver, and then sold to a collegium to battle for her life on the sands like gladiators in Ancient Rome. Of course, this is Mia's plan--even if it doesn't go exactly as she expected. Old foes become allies, and allies become foes as Mia fights her way to the grandest battle of gladiatii--where the winner will be crowned a breath away from the Consul and Cardinal, the men whose deaths Mia craves the most. I flew through this book, despite the fact that it has tiny font and is possibly less than single-spaced. Taking a break before diving into my arc of Darkdawn, just in order to write this review with a clear head before the final betrayals and battles, is one of the hardest things I've ever done. Godsgrave is jam-packed with incredible battles, shocking backstabbing, and every swear word under the three suns that Mia can spew out of her mouth. There were so many twists that I (and Mia) didn't see coming, and I was on the edge of my seat until the end. All the way until the end, because even in the final page Jay Kristoff was revealing shocking secrets that neither the characters nor the readers could anticipate (although I had a bit of an inkling because some things seemed a bit suspicious). I don't want to give too much away for those few readers who haven't yet dived into this book, or picked up any of the series at all. For those of you who haven't met Mia Corvere yet, I highly advise you do. She might be a murderer with shadows that eat her fear, but she's much more flawed and complex than that. You'll have to read for yourself and pass your own judgments about her then.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I absolutely love this story, the characters, plot, storyline are just so well written it is so easy to get sucked into the book. I couldn't put it down, I cannot wait for the next book.
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Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
“‘I know that you are meant for more than this,’ it said. ‘Your truth lies buried in the grave, and yet you paint your hands in red for them, when you should be painting the skies black.’” This book was FANTASTIC. It was overwhelming, and intense. I stopped and reread so many sentences, because I just couldn’t believe what had just happened. I love love loved it. Mia is the ultimate badass, and I am thrilled to be reading about a bad ass character that is willing to learn more about herself and who is growing as a character as these insane events are happening around her. Lets be honest with ourselves, with many of our favorite badasses the character development is often missing, but Jay Kristoff is doing a masterful job with our Mia. “Never flinch. Never fear. And never, ever forget.” This next bit might be considered spoiler-y. It really gives nothing away, but just incase i will give the warning. This story has also raised a thought provoking question in me, that I can’t seem to stop thinking about. We encourage ourselves and our friends our society to be fearless, to have courage, or maybe even face our fears. A conversation happens in this book between Eclipse and Mr. Kindly that really made me think about this. “‘I wonder sometimes, what we are making of her…’ ‘we are making her strong, steel, ruthless as the storm and the sea..’ ‘…the thing we take from her…I wonder if she does not need it…’ ‘…you speak of fear…?’ ‘…no i speak of fashion sense…’ ‘…what need has she of fear. Moggy…?’ ‘…those who do not fear the flame are burned, those who do not fear the blade are bled, and those who do not fear the grave…’ ‘…are free to be and do whatever they wish…’” And as Mia goes into these really scary situations, without any fear as her shadows eat it away, I am wondering the same thing. What if a part of her needs at least some of that fear. Isn’t there a point to fear after all? I am not talking about the fear that takes over your life and makes you immobile as a person. But should we in general take a minute to examine why we or our friends might be afraid and determine the value of that fear before we just discourage it in hand? I am genuinely asking…. So anyway… my review… This is an ABSOTLUTE FIVE STAR read from me. It is the kind of book you will never forget. It is a rare gem of darkness, comedy, love, and blood and I will continue to eat up anything this author puts out there.
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
Jay Kristoff is an EVIL MASTERMIND that manages to warp my perceptions of what great books are every time I dive into another one of his masterpieces. BASICALLY, GODSGRAVE AND THIS ENTIRE SERIES WAS BRILLIANT AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF AFTER THAT CLIFF HANGER OF AN ENDING. I’ve been holding on to my review copy of Godsgrave (Thank you Harper India!) for a while now because I was waiting for the perfect time to put myself through ALL THE INSANITY that makes up The Nevernight Chronicles. Godsgrave, the second book in this trilogy, was INTENSE, even MORE #StabStabStab than the first book (is that even possible?) and really showed you the Republic of Itreya in a brutal, harsh light. There was so much Roman culture like Gladiators and the very republic itself and IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST WORKS OF (BLOOD FILLED) LITERATURE I’VE EVER READ. MY THOUGHTS: 1. If you’ve read Nevernight, or even my review of Nevernight, you’ll know that the world and the book had a slow start, and it took a while for me to really get into the series. Once I did, though, Nevernight was one of my few five star reads of last year and Godsgrave found it’s wat on my most anticipated list! 2. Godsgrave rivalled Nevernight when it came to pacing, the book throwing you into the fast paced deep end from the very first chapter. The pace and with it, the bloodshed, gore and dark humour worked perfectly in co-ordination with each other and it resulted in this EVIL, STABBY MASTERPIECE. 3. THE CLIFF HANGER ENDING AT THE END OF GODSGRAVE WAS 32 DIFFERENT KINDS OF INSANE. Do you know how normal plot twists have only one major reveal at the end that makes your jaw drop? Godsgrave had FOUR reveals, at the very least. I sped read my way through the last few chapters and then flipped backwards and read it all again because THE ENDING WAS STUNNING AND TWISTED AND I LOVED IT AND ALSO NEED BOOK THREE. 4. I loved how much more of the Republic we saw in Godsgrave. It really highlighted the problem of slavery that Iterya was built upon, the few rich feeding off the many, gladiatii and everything else. 5. I also loved that this book was SO INCLUSIVE, and despite the fact that the Republic is a less than ideal place to live in, it was still completely accepting of absolutely anyone on the LGBT spectrum because it was the NORM in this world. 6. I CANNOT EVEN EXPLAIN HOW THE STORY, THE WORLD, MIA, MISTER KINDLY AND ECLIPSE EVOLVED IN THIS BOOK BECAUSE EVEN SAYING A SINGLE THING IS SPOILING IT, BUT IT WAS ALL SO SO BRILLIANT. I loved reading each and every of the 400+ pages in this book because it kept your undivided attention throughout. 7. I SIMPLY MUST MENTION ALL THE SASS IN THIS BOOK because it made a laugh, snort and FALL IN LOVE. Yes for ominous shadow creatures that eat fear and spill sass like there’s no tomorrow. If you can’t already tell, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED Godsgrave. Jay Kristoff somehow managed to OUTDO himself with the book and I am so in awe of every book he writes. 5 Blood Encrusted Stars.
Warloser360 . More than 1 year ago
A fantastic read which picks up where Nevernight left off. A definite recommend for those who prefer a darker sort of fantasy.
brittanysbookrambles More than 1 year ago
It's surprising how hard it is to write coherent reviews for your favorite books. I mean, how to describe an amazing book with brilliant writing in my own words? Somehow, I always fail to fully convey its magnificence and perfection. Honestly, I am stupefied, overwhelmed, and absolutely drowning in feels. Godsgrave has everything one might want from a book—murder, love, wit, drama, intrigue, phenomenal storytelling, and so much more. This series is probably one of my most satisfying reads ever in term of vengeance, murder, and sexiness. I always worry that when I'm so excited for a book before reading it, that I am just leading myself to be let down, but that has never been the case when it comes to Jay Kristoff. He slays at complex plots, compelling and well-rounded characters, and just . . . everything! And while this story is darker than what I would normally reach for, the story is so captivating and heartfelt . . . you know . . . in between all the . . . stabbing . . . and death xD But I digress! There is no second book slump, and the writing is inspired—as is the story. Godsgave will keep you on the edge of your seat. It will take your emotions for a high-speed rollercoaster of a ride. And while this series is not for the faint of heart by any means, I nevertheless could not possibly recommend it more. About the Audio: Holter Graham is truly fantastic. There is no end to his voice acting skills. He truly makes the entire story come alive, and you feel as if you are in the thick of the action. There couldn't possibly be an individual more perfect to narrate this than him. I highly suggest picking this audiobook up, especially if you are put off by the amount of footnotes in the story. Graham takes an already incredible novel and puts it over the top.
erinlee20 More than 1 year ago
Godsgrave, book two in the Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff, is a book I have been waiting to get my hands on pretty much since I finished Nevernight. If you’re looking for a dark and gritty fantasy definitely get started on this series. I will say that while this is coded as YA, I would definitely not consider it in that category. I love how Kristoff has created this world where danger lurks around every corner and you never know what will happen next. There is no guarantee that any character you like will make it out of this story intact (or alive) so brace yourself. Mia is Mia…that is really all I can say. She is still looking for her revenge and she has a plan no matter what the Red Church says and when she finds out what their motives are, I’m sure you can imagine what happens. As for other characters, we get to see some return from book one but there are also some new ones too. Not only do they help move the story forward but they all keep Mia on track. One thing that was in book one and carries over to this book is the use of footnotes. The structure is not my favorite and I found it distracting so I chose not to read them but went back to read after I finished. I know some people like them but they weren’t really for me. I do think Mia shows some growth in this book. Yes, she is still angry and still looking for revenge. She also pretty much does what she wants but when she is sold to the gladiatii, she finds herself in a place where she has to follow direction and in some cases, get along with those around her. There were some twists and turns I didn’t see coming during Mia’s time under the Domina’s rule but her abilities help her get around some of the rules. There isn’t a lot I can say about what actually happens because I don’t want to ruin a second of Mia’s story for anyone. Instead what I will tell you is that if you enjoyed book one, I don’t think you will be disappointed by Godsgrave. So much happens that I can’t even talk about it all. And of course, in the way that he does, Kristoff has ended this book by ripping out my very soul. Ok, ok…that might be a bit dramatic but HOLY CRAP that was completely unexpected and now I need to figure out who I need to talk to (read: BRIBE) to get a copy of book three.
Myndia More than 1 year ago
The thing I always have to remind myself about trilogies is how quickly the mood can change between books. I read Nevernight, the first in The Nevernight Chronicle series, immediately before starting Godsgrave. And I loved it. LOVED. Some aspects were reminiscent of other books in the same genre, but it was different enough that the similarities felt more like a homey familiarity, while the unique qualities made me ache to keep reading. Mia is super easy to fall in love with, which is a lot considering she’s training to be an assassin serving the Lady of Blessed Murder, all so she can seek revenge on those who destroyed her family. But she’s seriously kick-ass, snarky as hell, and beyond driven. My love for Mia goes deep! But I digress…I was talking about trilogies and this is a review about Godsgrave anyway, so…where was I? Oh, yeah. So, I loved Nevernight and was thrilled to have Godsgrave sitting and waiting for me because it needed to be the thing I read next. But it has to be said that the mood, really everything, is so very different. If it’s been awhile since you read Nevernight, it might not be quite so obvious, but if you’re reading them back to back? Just be prepared. In Godsgrave, there are some shifts backwards and forwards in time. Mia’s goals are the same, but time has passed, things come to light that were barely hinted at in the first book, the cast has changed a lot, and the locations are almost entirely new. Mia learns a great deal more about herself, some truths about her family, and while she continues down the path of revenge, she also tries to learn more about her darkin nature. In this book, Mia grows by leaps and bounds, and we start to get a glimpse into what the final book may bring us. In fact, I keep having to look back to confirm it’s a trilogy because it seems like there is so much more to cover that it couldn’t possibly be done in one final book. I have so many questions, I’m expecting it to be a behemoth volume. Whenever it comes, whatever size it is, I’ll be reading it as soon as I can get my hands on it. At this point, I’m so committed to Mia, there is no way I wouldn’t see her story through to the end. And based on what I’ve read so far, I don’t think Mr. Kristoff will disappoint. ;) Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
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Delirious_Book_Critic More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK COMPLETELY DESTORYED ME. I can't recommend Nevernight and Godsgrave enough. READ THESE BOOKS!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sequel to Nevernight is jaw dropping! It's got everything I liked about the first book and yes a whole lot more besides. The sheer imagination behind this brutal and bloodthirsty tale just knocks me for six. The drama in the first book might have reminded me of a really scary Hogwarts but this time school is most definitely out! Mia is about to become a gladiator no less and it's a role that will bring her closer to her goal of avenging the deaths of her parents and brother. You don't need me to tell you that it's going to be a crazy ass kicking ride and you surely don't need to know that both old friends and enemies will show up here. What you do need to know though is that Mia is courageous, focussed and about to realise that she's just a pawn but as she's starting to get pretty good at games just who will be left standing at the end? Oh my trying really hard not to give unnecessary spoilers here. First the two shadow daemons are back which is fun all the way as they just never seem to agree but as they eat Mia's fear they have been vital in her quest. There's a hard lesson here and that is that fear holds you back more than you know and if you can rise above and conquer it then what you want is there for the taking. Ok I won't say who else is present but I will say that Mia struggles very hard not to make friends with her fellow gladiators who are vividly described making them each stand out in my mind. The amount of things I didn't see coming is astounding and I loved that in the midst of so much death and chaos Mia could still find the time to remember her own beginnings and even when it might be easier to kill innocents she gives them a chance but alas I can't say more. Such an intricate and nonstop story that simply had me gripped. I love the narrators voice that guides readers through and this time I really enjoyed the footnotes included. Not just because they expanded the world building but because they are ribald , funny and just plain rude! Yes humour finds its place, perhaps there is love too but as it ended I'm left adrift . How could the author do that? Oh you evil, sneaky man but honestly it was a fabulous instalment and lord do I need to know what happens next. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
gurlwiththebook More than 1 year ago
Jay Kristoff has done it again...he has managed to make me both revere and despise him. For all of you who think I'm exaggerating, close your eyes and picture this: A girl, sitting on her bed, head bent over a book..she look peaceful but only because she's mastered her reading poker face. Suddenly, she gasps, grabbing the book and pulling it closer to her face, as if that will make the words come faster. Now a strangled gasp escapes from her lips and her jaw drops. Reading the last page, she sucks in a deep breath, closes the book and FREAKS. OUT. Think screaming into her pillow (her pillow because it is 1 o' clock in the morning and she had to finish this book before bed) and cursing the name of Jay Freaking Kristoff. O, gentlefriends, this book was amazing. Picking up shortly after the ending of Nevernight, Mia Corvere is still hell bent on getting her revenge on those who stole away her familia. And damn if she isn't going to get it. I have to admit, I was slightly concerned I might have a case Second Book Syndrome on my hands. Would Godsgrave live up to it's predecessor? Would it be as bloody, action-packed and (somehow) sexy as Nevernight? The answer is a resounding YES to all of the above, gentlefriends. Somehow Godsgrave managed to be bloodier, more action packed and (whisper) sexier than the firstborn of this series. Godsgrave is the favored second born child, always one upping their older sibling. Oh you thought Mia was badass as a assassin? Wait until you see her as a gladati! "Soon, the sky itself will know my name." And, of course, we are led through this world by our ever so mysterious narrator, full of snarky comments and interesting Godsgrave facts in a..unique format to say the least. Godsgrave has opened a whole new door to the world of Nevernight with new people (both friends and enemies) and the ever-evolving Mia Corvere who leaves us hungry for more of her sarcastic, witty and general butt-kicking self. I am currently struggling to keep this review as spoiler free as possible but let me take a moment to say: damn you, Jay Kristoff. Can this man even write a book without a shaking ending? Is it physically possible for him? All the evidence is pointing to NO. For every answer we get, five more questions take its place. All I can say is BE PREPARED! ALL THE FREAKING STARS!
MrKindly More than 1 year ago
Devious, gripping and fast paced, Godsgrave has almost everything I expected of this much anticipated sequel, some that was entirely unexpected, and has left quite a bit up to the last book to deliver. I have no intentions of discussing the plot in detail, this being the second book, so as to avoid any possible spoilers - Vengeance is ever at the forefront though and consumes Mia’s thoughts, night and day. The plot continues shortly after the events of Nevernight, and it is a whole new world of dangerous that Mia is subjected to. Where most of the action in Nevernight took place in the Red Church, Kristoff has expanded the playing field exponentially with Mia traveling around quite a bit in her never ending quest for justice. Did it entertain? Hell yes! In SPADES. The story starts off with two different timelines, four months apart. The present storyline has you wondering what the hell Mia has gotten herself into, finding herself being sold as a slave to a Collegium of gladiatii or gladiators. The past timeline has her assuming her role as a church Blade, longing for her revenge, yet being held in check by the church for reasons, as of yet, unknown. We get to follow both these timelines until their convergence, where the reasons for Mia’s present quandary are made clear. All of this is of course outlined in the blurb for the story, but I tend to skip reading those before starting a book, so everything was likely more of a mystery to me than it would be to many other readers. The tale was action packed and enthralling, the author's worldbuilding continuing to provide more and more insight into the fascinating place Mia calls home. Pacing presented no issues whatsoever, with those action scenes mentioned being staggered perfectly through the book. I would even say that the writing has gotten better, with Kristoff omitting much of the extra flowery verse that reared it’s head in Nevernight, in favour of leaner, yet still beautiful prose. And the twistyness, o daughters, the twistyness. Mr Kristoff has shown his true, sly colours. He giveth and he taketh, he is ever so tricky. Let it be said though, that this book, whilst compelling and fast paced throughout, never quite reached the level that Nevernight set the bar at, in my opinion. It hovered just below that level throughout most of the story, likely only reaching it and momentarily surpassing it with a pull out all the stops finale. I am not able to pinpoint a clear reason for this. I just felt while reading, that I was not AS engaged as I was with Nevernight, even though it was more than engaging on it’s own. If I was forced to find something, I would most certainly name the following couple (pun intended), but these are likely just my own peeves with the tale: Firstly, two of the main characters in this book become an item. Though this may be a subterfuge beyond my comprehension on the one character’s part, I absolutely, unequivocally, HATED IT. In fact, hated sounds too tame although being the same thing, LOATHED and ABHORRED make better descriptors, for one of these two characters have gone beyond forgiveness in my esteem, and should never, ever have been given even a whiff of the other character’s time of day again, after the events that transpired in Nevernight. Harsh on my part, but as Mr Darcy said: “My good opinion once lost is lost for ever.'' In fact, the only way the odium* I have attached to this character could be removed is through his or her violent death. I guess
222342 More than 1 year ago
When I finished "Nevernight," I immediately sent an e-mail to the publisher basically begging them for a copy of "Godsgrave." I think I used the word desperate in my e-mail. I didn't hear anything back and thought I was going to die from need for the second book in the The "Nevernight" Chronicles. Imagine my PURE GLEE when "Godsgrave" was dropped onto my doorstep (aka my desk at work) by an angel (aka the mailman). I couldn't wait to read it. This book took me stinking forever to get through due to life and other similar distracting things, but it was SO VERY WORTH IT. 4 Reasons I loved Godsgrave (and why you'll love it to): 1. Like "Nevernight," "Godsgrave" follows no rules. Kristoff blends different fantasy worlds, real-life cultures, and sci-fi-like settings to create an entirely unique world. As readers, we have grown to expect certain things of "fantasy" and "sci-fi." Kristoff smashes those boundaries so that, as a reader, you don't know what the hell you're reading (in a good way, I promise). I can't even describe these books to people, because I feel like I have to use so many adjectives. They're truly their own thing. And that, my friends, is pretty damn impressive. 2. DAMNIT THESE CHARACTERS ARE SO STINKING GOOD. I'm getting all giddy thinking about how many characters I hated, then loved, hated again, then finally loved. Kristoff takes you on a whirlwind of emotions as you read through these characters interactions, and you don't know who you can and can't trust (sometimes you're even left questioning our main character, Mia). 3. The authentic-AF relationship. I won't spoil much about it. But it's FANTASTIC. 4. The bad-ass battles!!!!!!! I can't add enough exclamation points to this. There is a massive gladiator-esque tournament going on for the majority of this book, and it's gory, disturbing, heart-wrenching, and AMAZING. I was tense through so much of this book. The bottom line: This book is a raunchy and violent rule-breaker. Don't read this series because you think you know what to expect. Read this book to be uncomfortable, have your heart ripped out of your chest, and jump for joy when you find a new, completely unexpected favorite.
KivoxEnder More than 1 year ago
Mr. Kristoff does it again with this fantastic book about a girl named Mia with a not-cat named Mr. Kindly and a whole lot of hate for the people running the government. To be honest it took me a while to really get into the story because it was so different from Nevernight as far as the setting and Mia's acquaintances were concerned but I ended up loving it just as much as the first book in the end. It definitely has a bit of a different feel from the first book but once you get into it and accept it, it does not disappoint. The author has created such a unique and interesting world around our equally interesting main character. I find that the character development in this series is great... and the plot even greater. The ending was so bittersweet and I can't wait until the next installment of this story. So many awesome things were introduced at the end of this it leaves you wanting more!
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff Book Two of the Nevernight Chronicles Publisher: St. Martin's Press Publication Date: September 5, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: ***SPOILER-FREE REVIEW*** (I promise!) Believe it or not, I wasn't planning on reading this book, and for a couple of reasons. I read Nevernight last year (a little over a year ago) and enjoyed the book, but a year later, I couldn't remember much from the book (except a key death in the ending). I couldn't remember who Mercurio or Ashlinn or Scaeva were. Heck, I almost forgot who Mister Kindly was! So as Godsgrave began to pick up speed in publicity and marketing, I felt less inclined to read the book - partly because I couldn't remember much from Nevernight. The other reason was because I thought to perhaps binge-read the series, once the third book was published. I'm glad I decided to read Godsgrave now, even though the ending was quite the cliffhanger, and there is a good chance I will forget everything while waiting for the publication of book three. Kristoff has put together an excellent follow-up to Nevernight, and it will not disappoint. In this novel, Mia Corvere has taken on a new task in her journey to get her revenge. She is now a Blade of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but the Red Church doesn't like her pursuit of revenge. She defies the Church, and has herself sold to a gladiatorial collegium in order to get closer to Scaeva and Duomo, who will make appearances during the grand games in which the gladiators fight. In the arena, Mia sheds more blood than she ever has, but she also makes unexpected allies. Her need for revenge competes with her loyalty and her conscience. And she will discover truths that she never thought possible, truths that will change her world. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
I didn’t think that Kristoff could top Nevernight. That book crushed me last year and I knew. . . I knew. . . that Godsgrave would either be even MORE soul-crushing or terrible because I didn’t think there could be an in-between. Spoiler Alert: It’s the first one. My first thought after finishing it was that I felt like I watched a ramped-up version of Spartacus. Like the show. There is a couple chapters or so that felt like they were EXACT COPIES of a few episodes (but with a Mia Corvere twist, of course). This book definitely had strong Roman/gladiator themes going on which I loved but were also more familiar than I expected (granted, I love watching historical dramas and Spartacus and Rome are two of my favorites so that’s likely why). Godsgrave didn’t hold back with the emotion either. Where Nevernight established that Mia is the baddest of the bad, its sequel made her question everything she ever knew — her family, her history, her revenge. Friendship was a means to an end but it wasn’t all at once. Mia couldn’t just be Mia the Blade, Mia the Assassin. And somehow Kristoff showed this in a million different mind-blowing ways. Because talk about plot twists. I mean it was one after the next for a while (mostly near the end) and sure, I could guess some of them because I was HOPING they would come true but in the moment? My brain just melted. Also I need to mention Ashlinn just for a sec because this girl has grown on me and now if something happens to her I will be a very unhappy reader. Where Nevernight set me up for craving a sequel above all other things, Godsgrave left me with a million questions. The VERY ending means that the wait for book 3 is going to be pure torture (which I’m sure was the intention), but mostly there were bits of history and the world revealed this time around that were never fully expanded on. I need more about the darkins. I think Mia needs more about info about the darkins. And then there were the footnotes. I loved them in the first book and this time they were just as funny but more spread out. I didn’t feel like I was constantly jumping to the end of the page to read a hilarious history lesson but when they were there, they were definitely worth reading. But at the end of the day, it’s the writing that wins these books over for me. The writing style Kristoff employs is unlike any fantasy I’ve read and just hooked me from page 1. Not only that, but each character is so intricately layered that just when I think I understand one, something new comes to light. This world is so rich and vibrant that you’ll be alongside Mia for the whole ride and wonder why you’re not in Godsgrave at the end. Honestly I’m trying REALLY hard to not just straight-out gush about this book. I finished reading it right before my shift started at work and spent the 5 hours following that in a bit of a daze where I recommended the series to basically everyone I talked to (I work in a library, I thought it made sense). If you had ANY doubts about Nevernight, the sequel will wash them all away. I can’t recommend this series enough and hope y’all can get your hands on copies of Godsgrave as soon as it’s out in the world!