Waiting on Wednesday: Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme originally hosted on Breaking the Spine but has since linked up with “Can’t Wait Wednesday” at Wishful Endings now that the original creator is unable to host it anymore. This is a great way to share upcoming released you’re excited about!


Cover- Darkdawn

Have I ever told you how beautiful these covers are? I really don’t have to – you can see for yourself here. Darkdawn finally has it’s cover and a release date, a mere 6 months from now. At last I will have my answers and I hope to see a great deal of assassinations, have secrets uncovered, and hopefully see Mia rise to be the peak of terrifying power. I absolutely can’t wait to have a beautiful finished copy of this in my possession!

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff – Review

Cover- Godsgrave

Published: September 5, 2017

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Genre: Fantasy

Series: The Nevernight Chronicle #2

Pages: 448 (Hardcover)

My Rating: 4.5/5.0

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

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.


Godsgrave is the much anticipated sequel to Jay Kristoff’s 2016 hit, Nevernight. Kristoff’s work has previously been geared towards the young adult crowd, however, the Nevernight books ARE NOT YA FANTASY. Get this outta your heads, folks. This book isn’t for the faint of heart and contains copious amounts of violence, blood, and/or gore. Usually all three at once.

Mia Corvere has gone from apprentice assassin, to Blade of the Red Church, to a voluntarily enslaved gladiator. It is only fitting that a book so clearly inspired by Rome would have at least some gladiatorial combat featured, but an entire book where such is the game was nothing short of this reader’s delight. One of the very first scenes in Godsgrave is where Mia sets herself up to encounter a particular slaver in the Wastes, eventually making an arrangement with the slaver that she would be sold as a gladiatorii. This seems odd, right? Fortunately, this absurd act will get her closer to her heart’s desire than ever before if all the cards fall into place. Of course, there are struggles, subplots, and the ever present flashback segments that reveal ever so much about dark of eye, dark of hair, Mia Corvere. (And yes folks, in my head that little bit rhymed).

Mia is one of those characters that are just really fun to read about. You basically never know if she’s about to knife someone and there’s an instance in Godsgrave where you think she’s just gone full on backstabbing beastie, but she’s really not! It was great. I was 100% fooled. I wish Eclipse had gotten more development – she remains flat compared to Mister Kindly and his overabundance of sarcasm and questionable advice. The come and go nature of the shadowy companions in this installment lessened the overall amount of page time they both had, though the absences were relevant to the play of the story. The characters introduced in Godsgrave were fantastic, particularly Sidonius who started out being another crude muscle head, but was really just loyal to the wrong people.

I gotta say, Kristoff has succeeded in impressing me yet again. At this rate I’m actually going to have to read his other books just to see if they’re anywhere near this good. She comes across as this crazy tough, fearless girl but her inner thoughts are nothing but fear and fury. Her past haunts her more than anything, but it also drives her forward. Without that I think she would be mostly empty. It leaves me wondering how things will wrap up in the final book! I would highly recommend this series, particularly if you want to see an epic battle between mere mortals and an epicly sized sand beasty reminiscent of the worms from Dune.

Stacking the Shelves: 8/19/17

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and it’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


Received for Review:

An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors by Curtis Craddock

A very exciting arrival from Tor. This steampunk fantasy debut with musketeers and looming civil war sounds right up my alley!

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

This is a sequel that I’ve been hoping to get my hands on for a while now. Not only does it have a stunning cover, but the story sounds as if it will be an amazing continuation of Nevernight! My thanks to Thomas Dunne Books for the finished copy.

The Man in the Tree by Sage Walker

This one sounds like a really stellar sci-fi novel (pun intended). A murder mystery combined with space travel to a new world has me really intrigued. Thanks to Tor and NetGalley for the eBook (my physical copy is still in-transit).

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Here’s to hoping that this sequel is just as magically beautiful as the first! Can’t wait to see what sort of trouble Vasya gets herself into this time. Thanks to Del Rey and NetGalley!

My Purchases:

Cover - With Blood Upon the Sand

With Blood Upon the Sand by Bradley P. Beaulieu

Yes, I already have the hardcover of this, but due to time constraints I decided to pick up the audio copy. An excellent choice on my part! The narration is quite good and the story is even better.

Waiting on Wednesday: Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where bloggers feature a book that we just can’t wait to get our hands on!


Cover- Godsgrave

IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL. Plus the title is awesome and I just can’t wait to see how much trouble Mia and Mister Kindly get into. The synopsis for Godsgrave promises a gladiatorial combat theme, which I’m pretty fond of and I’m sure there will be a least a little bit of satisfying vengeance. Definitely going to try and get my grubby paws on an advanced copy so I don’t have to wait so long! If you haven’t read Nevernight you should, so you can dig into Godsgrave with the rest of us when it’s released on September 5, 2017.

Upcoming Releases: August 2016

Cover- The Hypnotic City

The Hypnotic City by Andrea Berthot

Release Date: 8/1/16

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Goodreads: HERE

 

Cover- The Gilded Cage

The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray

Release Date: 8/2/16

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.

Genre: YA, Historical Fiction

Goodreads: HERE

 

 

Cover- Guns of Empire

The Guns of Empire by Django Wexler

Release Date: 8/9/16

Publisher: Roc

Genre: Fantasy

Goodreads: HERE

 

 

Cover- Nevernight

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Release Date: 8/9/16

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Genre: Fantasy

Goodreads: HERE

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – Review

 

Cover- The Kind Folk

The Kind Folk by Ramsey Campbell

Release Date: 8/23/16

Publisher: Tor Books

Genre: Horror

Goodreads: HERE

 

 

Cover- A Torch Against the Night

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Release Date: 8/30/16

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Goodreads: HERE

 

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – Review

Cover- Nevernight

Published: August 9, 2016

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 448 (Hardcover)

My Rating: 5.0/5.0

Synopsis:

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?


Prior to reading Nevernight, I had heard much praise for the talents of Jay Kristoff but hadn’t ever had the chance to read any of his books. Now that I’ve remedied that particular problem I can officially say that I want to read all his other books too, just to see if they’re on the same level of awesome as Nevernight! It was SO GOOD. I would describe it as a little bit of Throne of Glass mixed with a little bit of The Lies of Locke Lamora mixed with just a *dash* of revenge. What makes it even better is that it’s not a YA fantasy, so it’s downright brutal!

In a world where three suns burn in the sky and true dark only comes every 2 ½ years, Mia Corvere is out for revenge and the only way she can get it is by joining the Red Church, the most deadly assassins in the world. There she will hone her skills, confront her nightmares, and learn more secrets than she knew existed. The year she spends with the Red Church is fraught with peril.  Each class Mia takes brings such interesting dangers ranging from the possibility of dismemberment to the potential to be captured by the Luminati. Through all of this Mia has to remember her mantra of “Never forgive. Never forget” and that the only friend she has is Mister Kindly, her shadowy not-cat companion.

The overall plot of Nevernight is classic- revenge against those who have committed wrongs/atrocities etc., but that’s really what makes this book so great. There are very few things better than a classic revenge story, especially when it’s so well written. Yeah, we know what the character’s goal is, but it’s not about the goal. It’s about the journey the character takes to get there and in this case we aren’t guaranteed that Mia will achieve her end. She could always fail spectacularly and have a gruesome end, but I don’t think that will be the case. The real jewels in this story are the subplots, all those little plot lines that are both interesting and essential to the main arc of the story. As we progress through this first installment so many questions arise, from who’s murdering acolytes to what a darkin really is. I’m definitely going to leave you hanging about the darkin thing, but trust me it’s SO AWESOME.

This book is so full of lovely little details, tidbits of information, and curiosities. The city of Godsgrave, where we begin, is named after the gargantuan spine and ribs that citizens have carved luxury apartments into. Kristoff gives us his world’s history, theology, and culture. I highly recommend picking this up once it’s released on August 9!!! The book itself is gorgeous and has THREE maps, which is like practically unheard of… okay, okay, so there are other books with an abundance of maps, but you know what I mean. Just read it because otherwise you’ll be missing out on the start of a fantastic new series!