I am writing this review 10 minutes after finishing this novel, and I am still in shock/bewildered about the ending of this novel, so let’s hope I don’t ramble too much.
Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog for yet another review.
This novel is one I have been meaning to read for an embarrassingly long amount of time, so I’m very glad that I decided to take the plunge and pick up this novel.
I have many many thoughts, so I’m just going to get started now, before they start to fall out of my brain.
Goodreads Rating: 4.6/5
Pages: 448 Pages
Published: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult
Plot: **(don’t read if you haven’t read Nevernight)**
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.
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Firstly, I’d like to clarify that my rating for this novel is 4.75/5.
This novel was so incredibly hard to rate for me, because finishing the book I wanted to rate it 5/5 so bad, but I had to take my earlier reading into account.
Starting this book, I had a hard time getting into it. This novel starts off with the first third of the novel switching from present to past quite frequently, and this is why I think I had a hard time getting into it. It was a whole lot of fucking information and I just couldn’t keep up for a while. Eventually it settled down and I got super into the novel, but due to my difficulty immersing myself into the novel at first, 0.25 of the 5 was lost. Oh well.
Aside from that, this novel was fucking amazing.
I didn’t realize how much I missed Mia and Mr. Kindly until I got to spend more time with them again and got back into the rhythm of being in their world. Watching Mia go from being an assassin to taking on this new role of a gladiator was an interesting experience, but definitely something that I enjoyed a lot.
Mia is a character that you can’t help but root for and always believe in. She can never do wrong in my eyes, even when she’s “doing wrong.”
This novel brought back a couple characters from Nevernight that I was slightly surprised to see, but they ended up playing such vital parts in this new novel. In addition to those previous characters, we also got to meet a whole slew of new characters that I believe we’ll see a lot more of in the next novel, and I can’t wait.
In true Kristoff fashion, there was a lot of blood and death in this novel, and obviously he doesn’t care whether we like the character or not, so we lost some good one’s, but alas, that’s what we sign up for.
This novel is everything you expect from Kristoff, it has fighting, sex, wit, humor, and endless plot twists that will make you want to wring your neck.
If you’ve read Nevernight and have been putting Godsgrave off, for whatever reason, you need to read it. I don’t care if it’s the only book you read this month or next month, you NEED to pick up this book.
That concludes my review for Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. I know it’s a bit all over the place, but I don’t like to write spoiler filled reviews because I know there are people who like to read reviews of books they’re thinking of reading – and that’s what I want my reviews to be!
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