Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: The Nevernight Chronnicle, #2
Page Count: 455
Original Publication Date: 2017
Genre(s): New adult, Fantasy
Mia Corvere thinks she’s one step closer to avenging her parents’ deaths. After saving the Red Church from total dessimation, Mia is finally made a blade at Lord Cassius’s dying command. With many of the Church’s blades dead after the attack, Mia finds herself busy assassinating for the Minsitry. But not Duomo. Or Sceva. In fact, the Ministry tells Mia that Sceva is off-limits entirely. But…why? Mia begins questioning the Red Church’s true motives, and enlists some old friends to help her on her quest.
Godsgrave picks up about one year after the events of Nevernight. Shortly after Mia becomes a blade, she finds herself busy killing for the Black Mother, even though she’s a novice. Blades are, in fact, in demand since most were killed. The novel is split into three books, each told in third-person, generally from Mia’s point of view. Book One flashes back and forth between the present and roughly four months previous, and when the two timelines meet, Book Two begins. I started out annoyed with the alternating chapters, but quickly grew to LOVE IT. Both timelines were interesting and fast-paced, often with each chapter ending during a tense moment. Thrilling AF. But honestly, all three books were equally amazing.
Being back in this world was amazing. Jay Kristoff is a wizard at storytelling, and I love the worldbuilding. It’s such a depressing, dreary world, but I adore it because Mia is so absolutely amazing and badass. And Mister Kindly is literally me. Even Eclipse is growing me, despite not getting along with the not-cat. I especially love that all the characters in this series have unique voices and backgrounds. I love watching Mia interact with the various characters, both old and new to this book. And wow do I feel for everyone in these books. They all have shit lives and I just want to hug every single one of them.
As far as sequels go, this one was absolutely one of the best. Though the plot was entirely different from Nevernight, but the feel of the this book was the same and had all the aspects that made its predecessor so great. The characters, the story, the writing—all perfect. I really like Kristoff’s writing style. It’s never pretentious. It never takes itself too seriously. But it’s so beautiful and in-depth and honest. I don’t love the footnotes because I get lost and feel like I’m reading a history book, but that’s definitely a personal preference, and I think even though I don’t love it, they really add to the story and overall worldbuilding. I truly can’t find any faults with this novel.
The good news is: I don’t have to wait a year to finish the series, because I just got my paperback copy of Darkdawn in the mail a couple weeks ago. And I am absolutely going to read it this weekend. But I’m also terrified to finish this series, because I really do love it. I love Mia, and I don’t want to lose her. But I also have SO MANY unanswered questions from the end of Godsgrave, so, I guess it’s my only option… Stay tuned for my tear-soaked review.