ARC Review: Godsgrave // Jay Kristoff

godsgrave-jay-kristoffGodsgrave
Jay Kristoff
Release: September 5th, 2017
Page Count: 384

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.

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff was just as bloody and fantastic as the first in the series, Nevernight. I can easily say that Nevernight was one of my favorite reads of 2016, and luckily I received an ARC from the publisher. While Nevernight was fantastic, Godsgrave quickly surpassed my expectations and was in fact better than Nevernight.

*Note there will be spoilers from NEVERNIGHT

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  • The writing was absolutely gorgeous. Like Nevernight, Godsgrave wasn’t a fast paced novel. But the style it is written in creates a darker and more slow burn novel. It is slow, but gripping all the way through. It is also important to note that because it is a slower paced novel, it does take awhile to read.
  • Character development was pretty amazing to watch. We see Mia struggle and learn to become comfortable with herself. We see Mr. Kindly and Eclipse with their friendly banter, (I’ll be honest with you Mr Kindly and Eclipse are low key my favorite characters) and of course we see the new allies Mia makes throughout the novel.
  • The plot was well done. The end murdered my soul, tore it to pieces and left me crying and begging for more. Kristoff is definitely a master at creating plot twists.
  • I believe this series is borderline YA and NA, either way it had sex in it. We don’t see a lot of sex in YA but it’s nice to see some realism in YA books.
  • LACK OF FOOTNOTES. The first book had so. Many. Footnotes. I wanted to cry when I saw a footnote that was half a page long. Godsgrave definitely held back on the footnotes and that was a definite positive.

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