Review by Poo Penny
May Contain Spoilers
As much as I liked this book, I was also disappointed in it. What was with the Spartacus retelling in there? I really enjoyed the first book, so imagine my surprise when it took me almost 2 weeks to read this. OK, that is partially my fault, I used to read 2 books a day, now I’m lucky if I can get through 2 chapters a day. Working really takes a toll on my ability to just plow through a book.
Oh… I also couldn’t stand all the time jumps from present to past, or that all the past scenes were in italics. WHY!
Mia, Mister Kindly, and Eclipse go through a lot in this book. And I absolutely love the 2 shadows creatures bickering. It reminds me of Tyrion and Varys. And it seems she may have picked up another passenger, from what I gathered. Not sure yet. But, the build up to the gladiator house was amazing. Mia was lethal, and nothing was stopping her. I was confused, but I knew the payoff would be great. We also run into Ash again, remember her? She’s interesting.
And while it was, there was still that hint of disappointment because I felt like I had already been through this story. Granted, there were no chariot matches in what I remember from Spartacus, but it was still pretty similar. The only difference was that ending. And, GAH DAMN that was a good ending. I had to read it twice, because it was so good. It is hurting me not to tell you my favorite part about this ending. But, lets just say that Kristoff left a VERY good setup for the next installment.
Grade: 3 stars
Review copy borrowed from my local library
About the book:
A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.
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.
Set in the world of Nevernight, which Publishers Weekly called “absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness,” Godsgrave will continue to thrill and satisfy fantasy fans everywhere.