All I can say is “Wow!” I’m speechless with wonder, with awe at the twists and turns the story had taken. Though I’m expecting things not to go swimmingly for Mia, I never imagined the routes the plot would take to bring her to where she was by the end of the book.
Mia just keeps on evolving throughout the series. In the first book, she is out for revenge against the three men who are instrumental in murdering her family. In the second book, she has not forgotten this purpose, yet, she now sees other things, too, like how the riches that are enjoyed by the few are provided by broken backs and blood of the many. And what she has seen, she cannot forget. What would Mia do about these things, if she even can?
One aspect that I hadn’t expected was Mia’s love life. I’m not passing judgement nor can I say whether I like it or not (the jury’s still out), but I was just surprised at the twist it had taken. Though, seeing how fond the author is of parallelism in his prose, perhaps this is sort of a parallelism too with regard to the revelation regarding her father. (More questions there!! But to state them here would be a spoiler, so I’ll just keep them to my chest.)
Another thing that is put into more focus in GODSGRAVE is Mia being a darkin. This started when she was a little girl running for her life (in Nevernight) and a dark shadow attached to her and saved her life. This is Mister Kindly and he has been with her ever since. At the end of the first book, she has acquired another shadow–Eclipse, the shadow-wolf of Lord Cassius. And she would acquire yet another by the end of GODSGRAVE. Yet, what does it mean being a darkin? What is she, and what does it mean about painting the skies black? The mystery of Mia deepens, and I think we’ll see all sorts of revelations in the third book.
And the ending–whoa! The twists and turns are shocking and the revelations astounding. Everything happened very fast, leaving me stunned. I couldn’t turn the virtual pages fast enough. And the very last scene!! All I can say is book #3 is going to be very interesting indeed. (I would advise not peeking ahead. To get the full effect of the last few chapters, it is advisable to read in the usual order.)
Rating: 5 stars
The second thrilling installment of the award-winning Nevernight Chronicle, from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.
In a land where three suns almost never set, a ruthless assassin continues her quest for vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.
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.
When it’s announced that Scaeva 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 him. 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 love and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.