Man, was this book super close to getting me all riled up! Without giving anything away, I was crushed when I thought Mia wasn’t who I thought she was! I need to be able to understand my hero, even if they aren’t heroic, and Mia walked a very narrow road. Thankfully I was crazy about Godsgrave, and it was what helped me get past my fear. It was everything I look for in a Fantasy novel.
It had amazing characters, well developed and multi dimensional. Mia is a character led by vengeance, but you can feel how underneath she has a wonderful heart. Mister Kindly is the perfect familiar for Mia, with his quick wit and sharp sarcasm. Then you have characters who were thought to be good, but weren’t. And you have one specific character you hated, but then you start thinking your perception may have been wrong. -I know there’s a huge momentum for Ashlinn, but I’m personally still on the fence. I, like Mr Kindly, just don’t quite trust her yet. There’s something in me, probably bitterness, that refuses to forgive her, and I admit to feeling frustration that Mia has. I guess there are some things I’m not able to let go. And I loved Tric! (highlight for spoiler)- Anyway, it also has a well plotted and paced plot, full of twists and turns, slowly revealing secrets to us. There was only one surprise I guessed early on, and a second I figured out just before I was supposed to. Then, there were hundreds more I never saw coming! Kudos, Mr. Kristoff.
What Godsgrave had going for it, over Nevernight, was the cast of secondary characters. In Nevernight there were a few characters I loved. (Tric, Mia, Ash and Hush.) The teachers and the world of the Red Church was good, but the Gladiatii group was exceptional! I especially loved Sid and Mia. They had a rapport that reminded me of an older brother/uncle type of relationship. I’m really hoping we haven’t seen the last of him!
And of course, who doesn’t love the developing paternal relationship between Mercurio and Mia. I know I do. I love how strongly these two care about each other.
Basically, my review comes down to this. I loved. I loved, I loved, I loved.
I can’t wait for MORE.