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The second thrilling installment of the award-winning Nevernight Chronicle, from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a ruthless assassin continues her quest for vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she's far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she's no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she's told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia's suspicions about the Red Church's true motives begin to grow.

When it's announced that Scaeva 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 him. 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 love and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781250073037
Characteristics: 419 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,25 cm.


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Sweet Lady of Blessed Murder, I don't know how Jay Kristoff does it. This was so absolutely delightfully dark, twisty, and unexpected.

Mia is officially a Blade of the Church of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but in the time since her promotion, those who fought against her have only intensified their animosity towards her. But the workings of the Church are far more shady than Mia has believed, and as she learns more and continues to up her kill count, Mia finds that she is at odds with more people than she realized - and that the fight to avenge her family may cost her more than she could ever account for.

It's really, really hard to summarize this one, because, just as with the first, there is just so much happening at once. In the first third, Mia's story is told in alternating timelines, but after that point, she is single-minded in her pursuit of the deaths of Scaeva and Duomo. But to get there, there is so much to conquer, and her journey as a gladiatii was bloody and brutal and so ultimately satisfying.

Mia is such a wonderful character. She's such a smart ass and so vicious, but underlying that is a sense that she is not what she seems, that her beliefs are hanging by such a tenuous thread that she could be thrown to the wilderness of nothingness so easily. I love how she sticks to her convictions, how she pursues her desires so tirelessly, but that she also has so many flaws, so much to lose, and so many people who she explicitly refuses to get attached to - but who she can't help falling for, in so many different ways.

Again, trying not to spoil things is hard, but there are SO MANY AMAZING THINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK. The *cough* unnamed duo *cough* that make up the lesbian romance, the constant revelations and plot twists, the overarching sense of danger that lurks around every turn, the constant feeling that Mia doesn't actually have anything figured out and that shit is about to hit the fan...it just all adds up to such a tense page-turner.

And that says something, because this book is *dense*, especially with the footnotes, but I couldn't put it down for the last 200 pages. Literally did nothing but read for an entire day because I was so lost in the world and the characters and the bloody absurdity of everything that happens. I absolutely adored it and I can't wait to find out what happens to these characters in the finale.

But I'm also terrified of it, and that just makes me love the series so far all the more.

Oh my God. I forgot how much I loved Mia and Mister Kindley until picking this up. And I can't get over that ending! I need to know what happens next, now.

I think what I like most about this series is that it's very, very dark, but Kristoff still injects humor into the story, via the footnotes. Seriously, read the footnotes. They make the story so much better!

Nov 14, 2018

I don’t know. I just feel like it could be a lot shorter, you know?

I’m kind of tired of fantasy trilogies having the middle book as a ‘fighting’ book. When I first read the blurb, I just wasn’t all that excited of reading gladiator-style fights. It was kind of expected and rather basic.

Also, am I the only one who thinks Furian was vastly underused? I feel like his character could have been so more complex and more effectively used.

Did not want the red-headed girl back (not going to say her name) but I’m glad the boy at the end is back (yay!) Mia has a one-track mind which is rather boring to read and the romance...I wasn’t feeling it, but that’s because I’m not over Tric yet.

Lastly, maybe it’s this book or this series or his writing, but it reads like a damn soap opera. The way the scenes are played out and even their positioning in the book, I just wasn’t living for it.

Overall, underwhelming.

Jul 11, 2018

This sequel is as gripping, raw and fast-paced as Nevernight, but it's definitely bloodier. How many people die? Uhhh... math was never my thing. We learn secrets about the Red Church, Mia and her family in this one. New relationships, new allies, new enemies. It sets up the third very well to conclude some big things.

Jun 24, 2018

The flashy adventure continues. A sequel that unusually, has a similar level of exuberant action to that of the first novel.

JenniferG_OshLib Jun 11, 2018

I loved this book! I'm always wary of trilogies or miniseries as I always hope if the first book is good that subsequent ones will be as well. I'm happy to say this was just as fabulous as Nevernight! The action is fantastic and suitable for lovers of Game of Thrones or movies such as the Gladiator. Mia is tough and smart and a likeable heroine. The twists at the end of the book were great, especially one in particular. I'm really looking forward to reading the third one and hope we don't have to wait too long for it!

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