Review: Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Posted December 29, 2017 by Minx

Review: Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
Series: The Nevernight Chronicle #2
Also in this series:Nevernight
Also by this author: Nevernight
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Pages: 448
Length: 19 hours, 52 minutes
ISBN: 1250073030
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Minx's Rating:
Heat Factor:two-flames

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.


The struggle with being a book reviewer is how to convey my feelings about a book without spoilers. Trust me, sometimes the struggle is real 😉. With Godsgrave, there was so much going on from the start that not giving anything away was going to be hard. I think I figured out though: It was AMAZING, the end. There you go, spoiler free and everything. (Chuckles deviously) Alright, I am going to give it a go. Godsgrave is the second book in The Nevernight Chronicle series. This is a series that absolutely must be read in order. Godsgrave takes you on an intense ride with action, betrayal, plans within plans, enemies becoming something other, love, and death. Lots and lots of death!

Mia Corvere’s quest in life, everything she has ever done since she was orphaned, has been to avenge her familia. She has sacrificed all in the quest for her revenge and it has changed her, hardened her. In Nevernight Mia had to endure hardships she essentially imposed upon herself, she had to prove herself worthy of being an assassin for the Red Church. This time around Mia has an opportunity to balance the scales and finally serve justice for the murder of her family but she must defy the edict of the Red Church that she now serves. She will endure more hardships but her choices will also affect those around her as well.

This awareness of how her choices affect others starts to create changes in Mia. Makes her call into question the “rightness” of what she is doing but at the same time she is hell bent on her revenge. It creates a moral dilemma for Mia, something she is very unfamiliar with. As the cost for her revenge goes up so too does the body count. It caused me to find myself loving Mia’s character as well as hating her. I did not like who she was turning into, she had always had a morality about her and I felt like that was being eroded with every choice she made. Once her plans within plans came to fruition though I sighed a big sigh of relief. I was totally back in love with her character because she was bloody brilliant! She walked such a fine line in this story and all along the way I questioned the right of it all. The price just seemed too high.

There was quite a romance element in this story but I was not sold on it. It was so wrong considering the role that the character had been cast in previously. Why would the character just change like they did? Made no sense to me, just for the sake of love? I was absolutely waiting for the betrayal because this character was not to be trusted. Then again in this series no one is to be trusted! I was glad for the frenemy’s contributions to the story though because the part they play was really cool and added to the “fun” moments but I also never trusted them at all. Hell, I trust no one in this story because it is a morally grey world. Anyhow, there was no hope for that relationship as far as I was concerned so I was not that invested in it.

The ending, the last word in this book and I can say is that I KNEW IT!! I KNEW it, and I hoped for it!! I knew that there had to be more with the character in question because of how everything had gone down in book one. I am so entirely beyond myself psyched to read the next book in this series because I want more of that character. Also, there is the fact this book really answered practically no questions that came to mind from book one, in fact I was left with even more questions this time around. Godsgrave was a lot of pieces to a puzzle coming together, I can start to see the picture but I still need more pieces. Overall, I loved Godsgrave! This is a book and series that I highly recommend.


About Jay Kristoff

Author Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff is a New York Times and international bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy. He grew up in the second most isolated capital city on earth and fled at his earliest convenience, although he’s been known to trek back for weddings of the particularly nice and funerals of the particularly wealthy. 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.

His LOTUS WAR trilogy was critically acclaimed in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, nominated for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards and won the 2014 Aurealis Award. Jay’s new series, the SciFi thriller THE ILLUMINAE FILES, was co-authored with Amie Kaufman. Book 1, ILLUMINAE, became a New York Times and international bestseller, was named among the Kirkus, Amazon and YALSA Best Books of 2015, became a finalist for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award and won the 2016 Aurealis Award and an ABIA Book of the Year award. ILLUMINAE is currently slated to be published in twenty five countries, and film rights have been acquired by Brad Pitt and Plan B Entertainment.

Jay’s new fantasy series, THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, commenced with book 1, NEVERNIGHT, from St Martins Press/Thomas Dunne Books and Harper Voyager in 2016. Part 2, GODSGRAVE, arrives in Septmber, 2017. A new YA series, LIFEL1K3 has also been acquired by Knopf/Random House Kids, and commences publication in early 2018. A new series with Amie Kaufman, THE ANDROMEDA CYCLE, begins in 2019 with Knopf/Random House Kids. Jay is as surprised about all this as you are. He is represented by Josh Adams at Adams Literary.

Jay 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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