Genre: YA, fantasy
First published: 2017
Author: Jay Kristoff
***SPOILER ALERT*** This is the second book in the series and therefore the following synopsis and review may contain spoilers for the first book. Read my spoiler free review of Nevernight here.
Synopsis: 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 suspicions about the Red Church’s true motives begin to grow.
I loved the first one and I loved this one just as much. I can’t get enough of this series. I can’t get enough Jay Kristoff. His snarky writing just gives me life. I need to read more of his books.
Anyway, where to begin… this one is very different from the first one, but that’s not to say it’s in any way worse. This’s one’s got less of the “Harry Potter-y” magical school vibe to it and more of a gladiator vibe. With a bit of Hunger Games going. I thought that was pretty cool and kept looking forward to the next great battle. They were never boring.
We get to see a lot more of the world, which is always a treat. And we get to discover some juicy morsels about the Red Church and about Mia’s parents. There’s action, there’s mystery, there’s humour and there’s heartbreak, all tied up in one hell of a book.
The characters are still a joy. We see some new characters and are re-acquainted with some old ones. Mr. Kindly and Eclipse bicker like an old married couple, which is highly entertaining. Mia is as delightfully sarcastic and profane as ever, but I think she grows a lot as a character in this one as she slowly faces the things that have happened in her past, both distant and more recent.
The one thing that we don’t really learn much about is darkins. What exactly they are and how they came to be, but there are some exciting hints which will probably get explored in the following book (do I really have to wait until next year?).
Of course, I have to mention the footnotes. As I mentioned in my review of the first one, the footnotes were one of my favourite things about the story. I’m really curious who the narrator it. I personally always thought it was Mr. Kindly for some reason.
The ending was just… like I said, do I really have to wait until next year? The next installment promises to be epic and I can’t wait for it!
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