Godsgrave (Nevernight Chronicle #2)
By Jay Kristoff
Genre: Fantasy/New Adult
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Bang Bang Review
Mia Corvere remains on her revenge mission to avenge the murders of her parents and brother but in the meantime she’s taking on small missions. (It’s difficult to say stuff because of spoilers so bear with me, folks). After a particularly bloody yet sexy kill, Mia barely escapes as she is confronted by a strange shadow man who tells her to seek the crown of the moon.
She’s then summoned by the Red Church for a new mission to find a mysterious map where she runs into her nemesis and betrayer of the Red Church, Ashlinn. After learning more important info than some dumb old map, Mia pretends to be looking for the map while she plans to be sold to a fighting house to become a gladiatii. Mia is sold to the wrong house so she has to work twice as hard to be able to compete in the final fight to get close enough to assassinate Scaeva and Duomo. While she slaves at house of Leona, she meets a new set of men and women who challenge her career choice.
Mia makes new friends and finds old ones, she learns more about her parents, she discovers more things about her Darkin abilities, and she may or may not find love.
Although Godsgrave is DENSE AS HELL, it’s not as dense as book one since we know the world and Mia’s back story. Mia grows steadily throughout the novel and her new acquaintances force her to look at the choices she’s made. Godsgrave is intense and dark and this world makes Ketterdam (Six of Crows) look like Disneyland. There’s a lot of dynamic and strong characters especially the women. The last 80 pages will leave you shouting your head off and it’s never info dumped or out of left field. Some people don’t like the footnotes but I actually like them. It’s just more background info on the world and you can skip them because they’re not essential to the plot but I recommend you read some because Kristoff’s humor shines through.
I did however need several questions answered that ultimately didn’t get answered and I was prepared to give Godsgrave a 4.5 but Kristoff is very self aware and the last page made me forgive him so I gave Godsgrave a big old 5 stars.
If you like YA fantasy but want more sex and blood and language, read Nevernight and then quickly follow it with Godsgrave and then wait a year for the final book.
Click here for the spoilers.
Nevernight (Nevernight Chronicles #1)
by Jay Kristoff
Genre: High Fantasy
Bang Bang Rating: 1/2
Set on revenge, Mia Corvere trains to be a blade so that she can repay the Luminatii who killed her family and left her for dead.
The Good (THIS IS THE SPOILER FREE REVIEW. CLICK HERE FOR THE SPOILER REVIEW)
- World Building, obviously! So this is “Italy” and I’ve seen a lot of maps and I have to say, this is my favorite map. You can even see little houses and streets. This world is RICH with backstory and religion and tradition and politics and geography and internalized racism and classism and mythology. This is what I love about new worlds. If you are going to write something new, go for it and I think Kristoff did a great job.
- Story. Let me begin by saying that I’ve never read a Kristoff book. (I tried to read Illuminae three times but it was information overload for me and I couldn’t get passed page 50). Secondly, I thought this was YA until I got to the sexy part mid way through and had to do some investigating. Barnes and Noble has this as adult fiction and even though the main characters are teens, I agree with B&N.
Back to the writing. There was A LOT of information but Kristoff managed to avoid the dreaded info dump with footnotes-GENIUS! I will drop a whole star if a book info dumps-that’s how much I hate it.
Kristoff drops you right off in the middle of the story and works his way back and then forward and I was never confused. Kristoff’s writing is very descriptive and although I struggle with vivid novels, I was able to picture it. I would love to see the ending in a movie.
There is a great villain and some wonderful mentors. There are a lot of characters and there’s a competition to be the best but the characters were archetypes and well developed. I liked the use of shadows as characters.
There were several subplots and characters with mysterious backstories that kept the book intriguing. Even Mia’s backstory was a mystery for most of the novel. There were enough unanswered questions for the next book but it didn’t leave you with a huge hangover.
Can’t say too much without spoilers but clearly I enjoyed this book. If you want to read the spoilers, click here.
- Midway Slump. There was a point in the middle where I got a bit bored-about 50 pages or so.
- Mia and Tric. I got a bit angry at how she handled something in the end. I just didn’t think her reaction was realistic.
- There was a major part in the end that bothered me. I explain in the spoiler edition.
This book was great. It’s a well rounded fantasy and we don’t get that very often. The world and the characters were very refreshing. I’m extremely bummed that this isn’t YA but overall, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND NEVERNIGHT!