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.
Omg this series. Another 4.5 star review for this brilliant, sweary, stabby, gorgeous series.
I loved Nevernight and had been dying to read this since I finished. I heroically held off as I didn’t have a physical copy, and I have been trying to get my tbr down. However, I succumbed this weekend due to a readathon and my friend reading it – I have jealousy issues 😂
I am so glad I picked it up. Jay Kristoff managed the amazing feat of managing to write sporting events and make them sound more like an action packed thriller movie. That is *hard*. I was hooked on every punch, blade swing and dodge. The gladiator arena was really well written – full of complex goings on that kept the interest up. I was a little surprised at how much the book theme had changed from the first, as gladiators are not the same as assassins, but Jay made it work (I had no doubt!). I really like the crew from the rings as well – from her friendships to the weird relationship with Furian. He was probably my least favourite character as he didn’t have enough nuance to him. But I liked their push and pull. I also liked the way Jay uses the arena to show Mia how sheltered her world view is and have her realise about what the slaves go through. I could have read so much more on that but I thought it was beautifully done. Oh, and also how much DEATH there is. Authors are scared to kill everyone, but not Jay Kristoff. Be afraid. Be very afraid. (If he hurts my faves in book 3 I will be very stabby!)
I also loved Mia with Mr Kindly and Eclipse (always!) and also with Ashlinn. That relationship was so lovely. So full of nuance and uncertainty. There were a couple of grimace-y moments of turns of phrase in the smut, for me, but generally I liked that it is included without either detracting from the plot or becoming the point of whole sections. It is realistic in that way – Mia is a person with a whole and complex life, and that doesn’t go away just because she’s on her mission. Plus I like that Jay doesn’t shy away from it.
And the ending. Oh the ending. Mostly not miles from surprising, but the last page or two?? And the last word???? UMMMMMMMM. *impatiently waiting for book 3*
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