Warning: Cliffhanger (HAH I KNEW IT!)
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.
“Hurts, doesn’t it? When you find out the ones who gave you life are just as mortal and frail as the rest of us? That the world isn’t what you thought it was?”
Godsgrave is a really long book for how little happens throughout it, but damn did I really like reading it. There was a level of danger that was missing from Nevernight that kept me on the edge wanting to know what happened. There was a certain atmosphere to the book that signaled to me that Mia was taking things seriously, which was also missing from the previous book. This just all around made me like it more.
It also helps that Mia is no longer in assassin school. She has “graduated” and become a full fledged assassin. Only, something happened, something that is teased out in flashbacks. And now she is going undercover in a gladiatorial ring. Which means quite a bit more training. Yet, I enjoyed it a lot more because it was taken seriously. Because Mia’s life was actually on the line.
Revenge is what drives Mia through Godsgrave, even more than it did in Nevernight. This time, it is because she is close to her goal. She takes her gladiatorial training seriously not only because she will legitimately die if she doesn’t, but also because this is her one chance at revenge. It is what drives almost everything she does, and she is finally back on track.
And a whole bunch of things happen to try and get in the way of her revenge. Things don’t go as planned, things just go terribly wrong. She has to work with someone she never thought she would, someone Mia hates. Mia isn’t as good as she thought she was, and has to train more than she thought. She gets close to her fellow gladiators. Almost everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Yet it all serves to further Mia’s character development. And it was so, so good. So much fun to read.
I have to say though, I’m glad I read this when I had book three in hand, because that cliffhanger? Oof, SORRY to everyone who had to wait. That wasn’t a fun cliffhanger. But because I do have book three, I’m going to go start that now.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Nevernight Chronicle series page!