Book Review: Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (The Nevernight Chronicle #2)

This book is like Holyyyyyyy Goood. I didn’t even realize that the Nevernight chronicles was actually an Adult book and not particularly a YA novel. This information i got from the wikipedia page although Goodreads still has it categorized as Young Adult. In any case this series is simply mindblowing

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff- Official Synopsis

A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she’s told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia suspicions about the Red Church’s true motives begin to grow.

When it’s announced that Scaeva 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 him. 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 love 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.

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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff- RWAT Take

When i was reading the first book i had required a bit of time to ease into the book. There were two major reasons for this. One. The language of the book is quite different and for those who are used to the simple natured free flowing narration of YA books, the narration technique of the book can be a bit challenging at first. The language sort of takes on a poetic behaviour and has a wit and sharpness to it. This though is amazing can give you a little hard time in the beginning but you will end up loving the book for its language alone. Secondly. The book is completely set up in a different and ruthless world. Everything about this world is different. Even the sun, moon and stars all behave and look different. So to get used to this different world and then to learn the terminologies akin to this world, does take time. Hence i did take a bit time to get used to the book


By the second book, you can say that i had known what to expect that i didn’t had to wait to ease myself into the book. From the very beginning i was completely immersed into it. Either i had too long a wait for the second book or i was used to it by now or the author simply had notched down the book a bit down for us lesser souls, reasons could be many, but the fact is that the second book simply nailed it.


But there are still two things that is aggravating in the book. The footnotes. As i told you before the world in which the story is set is quite different, so to get us a bit of background information, the author has left us footnotes. You can’t deny that these notes are an essential evil but at the same time you can’t deny the fact that these are highly distractive too. Second grievance is that the book leaves you at a horrible cliff hanger that you can’t sleep, eat and drink without thinking about that ending


An extraordinary heroine makes this book absolutely worth reading. The language and narration technique is a bit different and definitely requires a bit of effort to get used to. Once in, then you are for a treat. Although the footnotes can be a bit sneaky devil, distracting you from the main book.


Check out our review of first book in the series

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