Godsgrave Review (SPOILER WARNING)
So I just recently finished reading Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff, which is the second book in the Nevernight Chronicle. This book left me not okay and I was basically ruined at the end but in a good way. I absolutely loved the first one and it's one of my favorite books of all time now. I read the first book in August, so once I finished it and heard the second was coming out the next month I was so excited, but now that I need to wait a year for the next one is killing me! Anyway, let's get onto the review!
I'm gonna start off with one thing that's huge, our main character being Bi! And not only that, might I add that her dad was gay which is equally awesome! I love the way Jay could just casually slide it in and not make a big deal about it but still give representation to the LGBTQ+ community.
In the first book, I loved how the storyline jumped back and forth from past to present and the scenes went together and I'm really glad that it was brought back again in this book. The other thing that I love that Kristoff does is make sure you have no idea what's going on because it just ends up blowing your mind in the end. The way he connects everything together just is insane to me and it's one of the things that I admire most about his writing.
When I first started it I was a little iffy about her being undercover in the collegium but I got into it so fast. The thing that really made me love the collegium was Maggot. She was so mysterious at first and more you got to know her the cooler she got. And like her namesake for breeding maggots? I mean that's so cool? I mean yeah it is disgusting but awesome nonetheless. She was my favorite character in the collegium, that is until she died, but honestly, it wasn't much of a surprise to me. And not only did he killer Maggot but Fang too! I mean I know Jay doesn't believe in a happy ending, but really? The dog too?
I am still a little on the fence about Ashlinn. Like yes, she did help Mia in many ways but she still did have ulterior motives. But the ending though! First off she blew up like the highest blades of the Red Church AND Scaeva and then got away! Did the blades and Scaeva live? Did they die? Well, we don't know because Jay just had to leave us on an ENORMOUS cliffhanger, but that isn't the only one. Let's talk about the one that I'm pretty sure left everyone, looking open-mouthed at the book for a solid 5 minutes: Shadow Tric. I mean like I knew he couldn't actually be dead, but he's a shadow now? I need to find out the story behind it right now.
There's also the cliffhanger that had me blown away which of course is Scaeva's son is actually Mia's brother AND he's a darkin. I wasn't really clear with what was going on, but did that mean that Scaeva is actually Mia and Jonnen's dad? Because her dad is gay, so does that mean the marriage was just a ploy so that could get with Antonius and while that was going on Mia's mom was getting with Scaeva? I could just not be understanding it, but that's what it seems like to me. The last fifty pages or so of this book was just plot twist after plot twist after plot twist and it was so amazing!
Overall this book blew me away, I didn't think anything could top Nevernight, but I was wrong because this totally did!