Hello Humans! Yes the day has come. After just under a year of nailbiting, unbearable waiting I have read Godsgrave the sequel to Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight. I was approved to read this on Netgalley really close to the release date but I also treated myself to the Goldsborough signed edition with sprayed edges because I have 0 impulse control when it comes to books. Let’s see what I thought.
Note: there will certainly be spoilers for book #1 in this blogpost as that’s kind of unavoidable but I will do my best to keep them out for book #2.
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.
It basically took all the things I loved about book #1 multiplied them tenfold, added all the things that were missing from book #1 and then handed them to me wrapped in a phenomenal story!
I love a sequel that takes everything you learned in book #1 and then just fully pulls the rug out from under your feet. It’s the perfect way to shake things up and to move away from the difficulties a first book often presents. I adored the storyline of this book. It was everything I have ever wanted and I have no idea how Kristoff might top it in later books.
Mia is an amazing character as always and only becomes more relatable through the romance plot in this book (I can’t say because spoilers but if you have read it just comment ‘I KNOW’ because it’s so amazing). However, it is the addition of new characters that I truly appreciated. Mr Kindly suddenly has to deal with another companion in Mia’s shadow and it’s the perfect balance of humour and grit. But the companions Mia meets in relation to the games are equally complex and well rounded as her, it’s so well fleshed out I feel like you could have an entire spin-off novella about any one of these characters.
If the gore in Nevernight was what put you off, I would maybe avoid this book. It’s almost certainly more gory than it’s predecessor. I personally feel that it fits with the tone of the book, that certain irreverence it has fits with a lack of censoring violence. But I can see some people not liking that so consider yourselves fair warned.
This is one of my most anticipated reads of 2017 and it certainly didn’t let me down. Well done Jay, now I just have to start pacing the room waiting for Obsidio to come in the post!
My rating: 5/5 stars
As I say, I received a digital advanced review copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley but also purchased it for myself. All opinions are my own.
What say you? Please comment so we can froth about how amazing this was!