Book Review: Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Title: Godsgrave
Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: The Nevernight Chronicles #2
Publication Date: 8th September 2017

Synopsis: "Mia Corvere, destroyer of empires, has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry do not believe she has earned it.

Her position is precarious, and she's still no closer to exacting revenge for the brutal death of her family. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

As Mia discovers new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows; conspiracies begin to unfold, secrets are revealed and the body count rises. Sooner or later she will be forced to choose between her loyalties and avenging herself on those that shattered her world."

My thoughts: Mia Corvere returns!! Now, for those who don't know what I am talking about, please go get yourself a copy of Nevernight, read it, and then meet back here. Okay, done? Good.

Godsgrave continues on with Mia's story, and our morbid, hilarious, conniving narrator is back in true form once again. Though there weren't as many footnotes in this one (I was sad about that, I looove the footnotes), the narrator still keeps us very informed, and rarely keeps his thoughts on happenings or tales to himself (thank goodness). 

This book explores MIa's thoughts on things a little more, and that was weaved seamlessly in with the tale. Kristoff throws us in the deep-end straight off the bat, but the flashbacks and flashforwards are done so well that you want to know what is happening next in both time lines (before you realise, again, that is is the same timeline, just different parts. Awkward.). 

The characters are what really drives all of this, and, while they are definitely what I would call 'reliable', they are absolutely fantastic. The humour in this is fantastic, and it does a nice job of easing your way into the gore and horror of the world (though it doesn't ease things too much, because that would be no fun?). Not wanting to give too much away, giving it's a sequel, I will just say that all characters (returning and new) each have their own voice, their own vices. Nobody blends into the other (except maybe Mister Kindly into Mia's shadow?) and everyone is distinct and fascinating. This book made me cry and made me laugh, and I would happily go back and read it again. To Mr Kristoff I say - more, please!

[I received a review copy of this book from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!!]

A favourite line from the book: 'Mia Corvere joined in with the guests' applause, though in truth, her eyes had been anywhere except the play. A cool chill flitted across the back of her neck, hidden in the shadows thrown by her hair. Mister Kindly's whisper was velvet soft in her ear.
"...that was mind-bendingly awful...," the shadowcat said.'

You would like this book if: You enjoyed the first one (obviously); you enjoy morbid, dark humour, with tales of intensity and revenge.

Tea to drink while reading this book: Oh, goodness. Something with sugar, to match Mia's preferred cigarillos. Perhaps something dark, like Russian Caravan, with extra sugar?

Rating:  10/10

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