Review: Godsgrave

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Attention please! This review is about the second book of the Nevernight-Chronicles. If you continue reading it might spoiler you concerning the first book. – You have been warned. 

Conquer your fear. Conquer the world.

As one of my most favourite book bloggers Jill fell in love with Nevernight and Jay Kristoff as the first book has been released in Germany back in 2017, I immediately bought the series without thinking twice. Though I needed my time reading this masterpiece, it was worth it. I am hopelessly in love with this series.



Title: Godsgrave | Author: Jay Kristoff | Number of pages: 448 | Genre: Fantasy | Publisher: St. Martin’s Press | Price: 23,48 € | ISBN: 9781250073037 |


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. [goodreads]

Reading Time

Epic, overwhelming and unexceptionally breathtaking.

The second book of the Nevernight-Series started with a rather rapid quietness. I can’t explain it differently. Through the eyes of the narrator we get into the plot. Though the language seems to smooth the tension down we get into some spectacular action scenes, blood and death included as though it’d be nothing at all.

„Hear me, Niah“, Mia whispered. „Hear me, Mother. This flesh your feast. This blood your wine. This life, this end, my gift to you. Hold him close.“
Mai | Godsgrave | Jay Kristoff | page 18

Jay Kristoff is writing this story in his most skillful manner, using words like an artist. His writing style is poetic. Every sentence is accurately written, each paragraph perfectly thought through. Although he is using an rather eloquently language I haven’t felt bored or overstrained. The language is challenging us by bringing everything to life. Even seemingly innocent scenes turn out to be a key role in the whole plot.
Kristoff is persuading us with his narrativ writing style which is balanced between vulgar expressions for perfect fitted scenes and in the next moment he is describing this world with words so magical I can’t even describe them in a appropriate way.
Each part is thoroughly thought through. Every chapters is placed in the excact right position. Every character has his very own function. Every single sentence is having its own purpose. It is highly impressive how Jay Kristoff was planning this masterpiece in such a detailed plot without overloading everything.

No place for pride here. No place for pain. Only steel. And blood. And glory.
– Mia | Godsgrave | Jay Kristoff | page 208

Of course the author is using his beloved footmarks. I’d have been rather disappointed if he’d have let them out. I can’t deny that I felt some sort of childish joy as soon as I read the first footnote. The way Jay Kristoff is using the footmarks throughout the entire book does leave some sort of nostalgic atmosphere. If you’re looking for the humoristic part of this book it certainly is to be found in the footmarks. Sarcasm and some playful manners are only a part of all those notes we get to know. Despite the bloody parts of this series the footnotes weight in some ease.

„A Girl like you has no place in this sort of business.“
„Believe me, Captain“, Mia replied. „You’ve never met a girl like  me.“
Mia and the Captain | Godsgrave | Jay Kristoff | page 36

Usually during a series the content of the books slowly become alike. We run into similar patterns which lead to stories without any surprising twists. Jay Kristoff on the other hand is writing about a completely different storyline. Mia is facing new adventures in an new setting with new characters. We get introduced to a new set of protagonists who have lived through their own story. And although we already get to know so many characters in the last book I it still didn’t get the impression as though everything became overloaded. Because our new entries are described so intensive and thoroughly everything seemed impressively realistic. The characters came into life. I can still remember at least half of them with every detail of their past. And we’re talking about quite a number of people! Jay Kristoff has a skill of telling us about life without boring the reader to death. His writing style is so vivid that you seek to get to know more. You get addicted by the story bit by bit.

Mia grit her teeth, silently vowing to herself.
Soon, the sky itself will know my name. 
– Mia | Godsgrave | Jay Kristoff | page 209

The combination of Mr Kindly and Mia is one of my most favorite friendships I’ve ever read of. Mostly because I adore both of them. Their interactions are giving this series the perfect mark. Because of their combination the atmosphere varies between wickedness, sarcasm and profundity. Mr Kindly is reflecting Mias thoughts without appearing too pushy. Through all the intrigue and misdeeds, Mr Kindly brings in a certain order and logic into the story that makes the reader question everything and makes sure that we begin to distrust everyone.

It’s funny, but when you take a person out of the world, you don’t just take them, do you? You take everything they were, too. Do you ever think about that?
Godsgrave | Jay Kristoff | page 326

Secrets get revealed that left me shocked. We get to know more about Mias past and her family. With each passing chapter I began to question everybodys motive and where this story will finally lead us. With every piece of answer new questions arrive out of nowhere. Although a few twists where a little obvious they still took me by surprise by the way Jay Kristoff finally came up with all the truths he tried to hide from us.


Godsgrave presents a highly shattering story in so many ways that this review is barely enough to do justice to this masterful book. This series relives the reader in a way that inspires and won’t ever let go. The stories of the characters, the world in which we find ourselves and the depth with which Jay Kristoff writes are a pleasure for our own world of thoughts. The second volume of the Nevernight series is more impressive than ever. The ending is perferctly written and did drive me highly crazy considering that the final book will be released in September 2019. How am I going to survive?



2 Kommentare zu „Review: Godsgrave

  1. Liebe Sarah,

    was für eine tolle Rezension. Ich finde es wirklich mega, dass du so gut und frei auf Englisch rezensieren kannst. Ein Ziel, das ich im August für mich auch angehen möchte ^^ Ich lese deine Rezensionen wirklich gerne :)
    Bei dem Buch fand ich es besonderes toll, dass wir es ganz spontan zusammen gelesen haben :) Der Austausch mit euch ist immer so wertvoll und es macht unglaublich viel Spaß :)

    Alles Liebe,

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    1. Liebe Marion,
      hach ich bin richtig gerührt über deine Worte. Vielen lieben Dank! Ich muss gestehen so einfach wie das hier wirkt, fällt es mir gar nicht :) Ich sitze sehr lange an meinen englischen Rezensionen, doch mit jeder weiteren fällt es mir zunehmend weiter und aus dem Grund will ich auch unbedingt dranbleiben :) Es ist zum einen richtig toll, dass diese Rezensionen auch von anderen Ländern kommentiert und gesehen werden und zum anderen arbeite ich selbst etwas an meiner Sprache.
      Mach das unbedingt! Ich glaube das wirst du richtig gut umsetzen! :)

      Jaaa das spontane Lesen fand ich auch richtig toll! :) So hatte man direkt einen Ansprechpartner, hihi.

      Alles Liebe,

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