Fantasy, High Fantasy
Nevernight, Book # 2
St. Martin's Press
September 5th 2017
January 9, 2021 January 18, 2021
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Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she's far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she's no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she's told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia's suspicions about the Red Church's true motives begin to grow.
About the book
The heavens grant us only one life, but through books, we live a thousand.
Godsgrave is the second book in the series written by Jay Kristoff which began with Nevernight. Mia Corvere, trained by the Red Church, is now a Blade, one of the most feared assassins of the Republic. She still has her objective, kill who murdered her “familia” even if for now she needs to obey to the Church’r rules. Moreover she is a tenebris and with her, inside her shadow, there are a cat and a wolf which accompany her in her vengeance. Mia can play with the shadows, but she doesn’t fully understand what she is and she’s trying to find out at the same time as she is completing the Church tasks.
After one of her murders, Mia finds out the truth about the Church so she decided to become a slave and finish her vengeance against the Church’s order. She wants to participate in the Grand Games in Godsgrave where her enemies will be at the end of the games, but to do so she needs to become “nothing”. During this new adventure, she will discover who her mother really was and she will find some answers, and new friends or enemies.
What I think
I liked the story. The Grand Games of Godsgrave, and how we get there, I personally liked them and I didn’t find the book slow at all. It was easy to understand all the twists. so they weren’t really twists for me since I guessed them (even the final one and I can’t wait to read more on this topic) but not for this reason the book lacks of something.
The only thing that I didn’t like is Mia’s relationship. I find it forced and have skipped several pages about their encounters. Honestly, I was more interested in her Dominatii’s clandestine relationship than hers.
Other than that, of course, it was interesting to read about her “adventures” and also the violence of the battle didn’t bother me at all, because I know it’s fiction.
I still like the style. There are fewer notes than in the first book and I’m sorry about that. I had loved the style in the first book and still love it, but I would have preferred more notes, more Itreya story and more clarification. Kristoff’s sarcasm that comes out only in the notes is spectacular, despite the dark themes of the book (I mean we are talking about slaves who have to kill their comrades in order to be free again) often when reading the notes I would laugh and these moments of hilarity make the book less heavy (if you don’t skip the notes and please don’t).
The topics covered are quite dark, there is violence (I repeat, they are slaves that must kill each other to have freedom) from the beginning, murders and abuse so there are triggers, but the book and the series deserve to be read.
So summing up, I liked the book, the world created by the author is phenomenal and I can’t wait to read the rest, which I could do it immediately, but I want to wait at least one or two books.