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    A bloody phenomenal read

    Mia returns to her colorful and bloody road to revenge in the second book of The Nevernight Chronicles written by Jay Kristoff. Admittedly I didn’t rush to read Nevernight back when it came out because of the varying review I read about it, but when I finally got to do it I loved every minute of it. So it should come as a surprise when I confess that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the second book, Godsgrave. As soon as it hit my kindle I throw everything away and made reading the book my sole focus. It was pretty amazing and I loved it immensely but there are a couple of things that prevented me to give it a perfect score. First of all, let’s talk about the writing style. I was one of the few and rare who love the flowery, artistic writing of the first book but it was harder to read. In this case the writing is much simpler and more digestible; some of the frilly elements are still there but in a much smaller amount. It not exactly bad, even good for those who had problems with the first book but I still felt it mentionable and I personally missed it a bit. But I think Mister Kristoff has a chameleon like writing style, because I read a couple of different books from him and each and every time his writing had a completely different feel to it and not just because of the different topics. It’s a great quality to have if you are a writer. Also one more thing before I get to the plot and the characters. I think that Godsgrave in itself is a phenomenal book and I really liked it, but when I put it side to side with Nevernight and look at the two books as they are, which is parts of a series then I don’t like it as much, if it make sense. For me the two books are not really in sync and liked them more if I look at them as standalones. It just my opinion and they are not bad together either but I personally love them more apart. The story is once again told in a similar fashion like the first book timeline wise. Its starts out with two threads and they alternate until one of them reaches the point where the other started. It’s an interesting structure but at times it was a bit confusing too. But at least it helps get the full picture, without oversimplifying things. The story takes place not long after the event of the first book but has a completely different atmosphere to it, even though the bare basics of the two stories are quite similar. With the whole fighting and training not just to survive but to reach a level where she has one chance to step onto the plate and get closer to her vengeance. I found Godsgrave a more dynamic and definitely grimmer and bloodier story. It graphic and I especially loved the amazingly detailed and exciting fight scenes, and believe me when I say that there is quite a few of these. One thing though, I feel that the whole lore of the suns and the crown of the moon thing is going to be or more like should be the focus of the series and the secret behind the existence of the darklin yet we still only know so little about it and Mia seems to sweep it under the rug any time she encounters it. I don’t know how many books there are going to be in the series but I hope this part of it won’t be rushed because of the pace of the storyline in these books. In all honesty in this story, Mia didn’t really get as much closer neither to the secret of her existence or her revenge. Lastly before I get to Mia character, there is a certain romantic element to the book which, sorry but I found unnecessary and a bit out of place. I didn’t like the whole thing and not because of the participants but because I didn’t see the attraction between them and the story didn’t require a romance to it. Since the first book, Mia became a full fledge assassin and works tirelessly to complete her assignments and prove to the leaders of the Red church that deserves her position even if she got it in an unusual way. In the beginning of the story I felt that she not only became a professional killer but it paired with arrogance and recklessness. She has a couple of rash moves which proves to be troublesome. However as the story progresses her arrogance subsides a bit, thankfully. Mia biggest problem, that as an assassin she is not ruthless enough. Yes, she kills mercilessly if it necessary or its required for her survival but at the same time she forms bonds too easily, and she is quite compassionate which leads her to hesitate on occasions. Its makes her life harder. I like this part of her but it’s not the best thing to be when you are a hired killer and you plan on take revenge on some people whatever it takes. Another thing is that she is still blinded by her need for vengeance; it misleads her quite a few times. Also here Mia starts to see what I already questioned in the first book. Which is how did she thought that joining the Red church will help her take revenge other than the training, because the rules and regulations they live by obviously prevent her going on an unsanctioned killing spree. She e
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