Summary From Goodreads:
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.
Thank you to Jonathan Ball Publishers for Sending Me A Copy of This Book In Exchange For A Review. All Opinions Are My Own 🙂
Okay. So. WE DESPERATELY NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS BLOODBATH OF A BOOK!!
I am still reeling from the events, shocks and twists this book unveiled! Plot-wise, Kristoff took this book in a new direction and used everything we thought we knew about this world and twisted it on it’s freaking head! I am seriously? GLADIATORS? That’s right! Gladiators!. Lets just say Mia uncovers some truth about the Red Church and truly doesn’t like what she finds sooo to continue her quest for revenge she needs to become part of the Gladiators while still protecting her heart. DUN. DUN. DUN. *Que shocks of lightening*
I was pleasantly surprised by how brutal this book was in comparison to Nevernight. Don’t get me wrong, Nevernight was plenty bloody but this? No one is safe. No one is guaranteed to survive. So along with Mia we meet plenty new characters and with her, we also feel an attachment to them. BIG MISTAKE MY FRIEND. BIG. FREAKING. MISTAKE. Just prepare yourselves.
In addition, I thought the pacing was INCREDIBLE and the format in which the book is told is similar to Nevrnight but quite different past and present wise. I absolutely loved that aspect. There’s just an aura and vibe this book gives off and it just can’t be explained. High fantasy mixed with badass, darkness, gore, bloodlust and AWESOMENESS!!!!. Very atmospheric.
As mentioned, we meet plenty new characters and each one were treated as much more than a mere side character. They did fall into the grander scheme of events. We meet a character in particular, Furian, who maaaaaay be a tad bit more interesting than the others because of spoiler reasons that won’t be mentioned. Other notable characters were Maggot, Leona, Bladesinger, Sidonius and Butcher. I hope Kristoff takes these characters into the final book, Darkdawn and makes them into Mia’s final squad!. It was so interesting to learn about how all these characters started from slaves and earned their way into Gladiator awesomeness!!
So lets talk about the love interest. For the sake of spoilers I won’t mention names but as much as I hate to admit it, I actually adore the romance between Mia and you-know-who. Especially towards the end, I started doubting this characters love for Mia but this person proved themselves in the end. Although, the literal last word in the book sends the entire romance to absolute devastating, deep, crap! I fear for these two. Darkdawn better come quick this year!
All in all this book certainly DID NOT suffer from second-book-syndrome. Kristoff managed to keep it fresh and original and stayed true to these characters from the very start!. Mia has grown to be one of my absolute favourite characters ever and I simply adore this seventeen-year-old assassin with her dark, dark humour!
***** SPOILERS FROM HERE********
Uhrm so I WAS WAITING FOR HER BROTHER TO BE ALIVE!!! I KNEW IT! And boy am I pleased. Also TRIC IS THE DARKNESS! WHAT. WHHHAAAAAATTT?!?!?!. And poor Maggot. Poor sweet, deadly Maggot. My heart broke for Mia when Maggot died! ALSO SCAEVA IS MIA’S FATHER HOLY CRAP DID NOT SEE THAT HAPPENING. AND ASHLINN!!!! MIA AND ASHLINNN! TOGETHER??!?!? Just Wow. Absolute wow. This book has murdered me to no end. I will only be okay when I have book 3 in MY. HANDS!!