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Godsgrave

The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 2
Narrated by: Holter Graham
Series: The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 2
Length: 19 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (267 ratings)

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Summary

A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times best-selling author Jay Kristoff.

Conquer your fear, conquer the world.

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.

When it is announced that Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself into slavery for a chance to fulfil the promise she made on the day she lost everything.

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, secrets are revealed and the body count rises within the collegium walls, Mia will be forced to choose between her loyalties and her revenge.

©2017 Neverafter Pty Ltd (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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"Come for the vengeful assassins, stay for the fear-drinking shadowcats. Godsgrave is a stylish, fast-paced and welcome return to the world of Nevernight." (Peter Newman)

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entertaining but with some problems

okay so I don't really review often but I have to with this book. whilst the book is pretty entertaining I can't help but be irritated by one major problem, and that is that the majority of the gladiatorial parts of the book are quite obviously ripped off from the Spartacus TV series. the task master with his whip, the champion gladiator disliking the main hero, his affair with the dominus, the expression that the hired help uses when talking to the dominus and many more, it's not even hidden, it's glaringly obvious. My only other problems with this book is with the narrator, whilst on the whole he is quite good, he often seems to forget who's voice he is doing and often Mia speaks with a man's gravelly voice. He also occassionly puts weird pauses mid sentence that can complete throw you out of your immersion. my final flaw is that he really needs to move slightly further away from his microphone when recording because you can hear every moist mouth smack and his overly loud swallowing, after a while it starts to grate and makes it hard to pay attention to what's being said. With these exceptions, on the whole it's still a fairly enjoyable book with the ups and downs you expect after the first one and had a solid ending that makes you look forward to the next installment. Not as good as the first book but worth listening to just to get through to what will hopefully be a good final book

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Awe inspiring

This series obeys none of the rules of books. Nothing can be taken for granted, nothing assumed. Just sit back and hang on for the duration. And prepare to swear a lot as Kristoff carelessly mangles your heart.

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hell yeah

every time I think I know where the story is going. I get a punch to the face as a left then a right turn is made. great book

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Amazing

I accidentally came across these books looking for something else. Now I'm in love, the characters are captivating and storyline amazing, it has you excited and awestruck. I'm in love with Mia corvere.

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I have no words

Thank you to Harper Voyager for my copy of this book via Netgalley. I also have an audible copy of this book. I listened to about 60-70% of this book and also read some of my netgalley copy. After I finished Nevernight I knew I had to jump straight into Godsgrave.

Well, I got to the end of this book and I wanted to hunt Jay down and force him to tell me what happens next. Haha okay, maybe not that extreme I am no stalker but seriously Jay! How could you end it like that! How am I supposed to wait until Stabtember to get all the answers I need. Like really need.

Okay well once I got over that initial reaction and really thought about it I felt exactly the same! Jay, you really test me!! I had such a book hangover I couldn't start a new book!

This was much easier to get into than Nevernight. Whether that is because I was more invested or because there was more indication when the story changed timelines I'm not sure.

Mia was as kick-ass as ever in this story. I love Mia. I love her sarcastic, witty remarks. I love her companions too. I love how they are such opposites yet they provide exactly what Mia needs.

I loved The Gladiatii. This was a whole new world. Mia thought the Red Church was brutal until she entered this world. There are some really great characters in this bunch. My favourites were Maggot and Sidonius. Both were such different but interesting characters. They both had backgrounds that you can't imagine having to face.

Jay was as brutal as ever in this book so don't get too attached to anyone. You are likely to get your heart broken into pieces.

I am both looking forward to and dreading Darkdawn. We know that Mia will die in Darkdawn. I don't think Jay is lying about this and quite frankly I don't think I am ready. On the flipside, I NEED to know what happens next. Oh, Jay, you have really put me between a rock and a hard place!

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Brutal

This is a trilogy that grows on you. The one thing I did find irritating (hence the mark down on stars) were the footnotes interspersed throughout.

Mia has moved on from being an assassin in the first book to becoming a gladiatii. Her mission is to kill Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, which can only be carried out at the Venatus Magni, when both men will be in the same place together to grant freedom to the last one standing. The drawback? She will have to be the last one standing in the ring after a free for all with some 100+ gladiators.

This is faster paced and there is no shortage of terrifying monsters, betrayal, dark magic. She learns that The Red Church is not all that it seems; enemies may not be the ones she has to fight and that, perhaps, standing alone is not all its cracked up to be.

Mia learns a lot of truths about her family in this book which, perhaps, she might not have wanted to hear. This book ends on a knife-edge, although I think that the person Ashlinn sees before she fades can only be one person, perhaps one no-one has thought of!

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  • Mike
  • Bristol, ENGLAND
  • 19-02-19

A Good Sequel

I was initially disappointed with the book and didn’t enjoy the first 5 hours of listening. However, I gave it another try because of so many other good reviews. It got a lot better as the story moved on.

This book is not as good, in my opinion, as “Nevernight “ which is brilliant. However, it is a good continuation of the overall story and I will certainly buy the third and final book.

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really enjoying this series so far!

great characters that stay with you. twists and turns aplenty, fantastic world building... what more do you need?

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Exciting from the outset to finish

Exciting Story.
Excellent Narration.
Well worth a listen.
Can't wait until final installment is out

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Can’t wait for the last book now!!!

I loved this and felt it was even stronger than the first. The narration took me a couple of chapters to gel with, although I don’t know why. Love the world, the characters and the little bits like the foot notes. A very refreshing new feel to the fantasy genre

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  • Pink_flamingo
  • 18-03-18

Violently good

I loved this book. Sometimes the violence made me cringe a bit, but Holter Graham is such a brilliant narrator that he sweeps you up in the fight. Can’t wait for the next book.

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  • Adelise
  • 28-10-17

Mr. K... I love/hate you

The bloody beauty. That is this series ... and also the main character's nickname, but still. This book (and its firstborn sibling) are both beautifully written and bloody. I love them.

The world that JK has woven here is a place I never wish to leave. Even if, at the end of this series, we see no more of Mia, I would very much like a few more books from this world (please and thank you, Mr. K)

As for why I love/hate our dear author? Well, you will just have to read it and find out for yourself.

The only thing I would recommend to you is purchasing a copy of the paperback as well so you can look at the beautiful cartography within.