godsgrave-jay-kristoffJay Kristoff’s “Nevernight”, the first novel of “The Nevernight Chronicles” fantasy series, benefited not from one very attractive cover, but from two. Both the US and UK editions of Jay Kristoff’s novel hold tempting invitations up front, so much so that I was hard pressed when the time came to chose which copy of “Nevernight” to purchase for myself. To make things better though, once I stepped through the gates of the beautiful cover on the common ground of both editions, I discovered two gorgeous maps made by Virginia Allyn and a mesmerizing story which delighted me greatly. Later this year the second novel of “The Nevernight Chronicles”, “Godsgrave”, will be published and we can already admire the cover art of the US edition, due to be released by St. Martin’s Press. And I’ll have to admit, the cover made by Jason Chan and featuring typography realized by Meg Morely, makes me shiver with anticipation (not that the first volume hasn’t done that already). Elements of the first cover can be seen here too, Mia Corvere taking central stage and the shadows playing an important part, as they should. But I am also seeing a more determined Mia Corvere, considering the change in attire and weaponry from the previous cover, a small glimpse of Godsgrave behind her, since the city (Godsgrave) and the world of “The Nevernight Chronicles” resemble Rome and the Roman Empire to a point I find this representation very interesting, and the three suns of Iterya, a key element of the entire setting. All in all, it’s a wonderful companion for the US edition’s cover of the first novel. Now, it is up to Harper Voyager, the UK publisher, to reveal its cover for Jay Kristoff’s “Godsgrave”, but I guess we don’t have too long to wait for that to happen.

Since we are here, if you head over to Jay Kristoff’s website the author runs a competition there until March 31st, opened internationally, related to this cover in which you can win a signed copy of “Nevernight” (with the cover of your choice, but like I’ve said, that didn’t come easy for me) along with a signed audiobook of “Illuminae” and “Gemina”. You can find the full details in this post.

A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

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.

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