Thursday, 10 December 2020

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant


In the violent urban jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution has failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles. Eponine (Nina) Thénardier is a talented cat burglar and member of the Thieves Guild. Nina's life is midnight robberies, avoiding her father's fists, and watching over her naïve adopted sister, Cosette (Ettie).

When Ettie attracts the eye of the Tiger--the ruthless lord of the Guild of Flesh--Nina is caught in a desperate race to keep the younger girl safe. Her vow takes her from the city's dark underbelly to the glittering court of Louis XVII. And it also forces Nina to make a terrible choice--protect Ettie and set off a brutal war between the guilds, or forever lose her sister to the Tiger.

I am a big fan of Les Miserables so I was super excited to get into this book. I am not sure if this helped or hindered me though to be honest. The names were a little confusing in some points but the further I got into the book the less it mattered to me. I do think this story would have been easier to follow if the characters had their own names. 
The story didnt really have anything to do with Les Miserable except for one mention at the barricades and even then the story was changed but the book isnt exactly a retelling.

I loved the world building and felt like I could easily envision the places that the story was describing. I like that there were different aspects of the story to show the different social classes ad the guilds were super interesting. 

I feel like this book read in three parts for me, I am not sure if that was the intention. I loved the first and the third parts and I was a little lost during the middle parts. I am not sure how all of these people all of a sudden owe Nina so much that they would die for her and go against their laws and guilds.

I would have loved to read more about the relationships between different characters and their back stories. Montparnasse as an example. 

I know I have pointed out a bunch of things that are not great but I actually did enjoy the book. I think that it had a really interesting stories and there were points of the book that I hadnt read anything like that before I would like to see how the second book goes and see if any of the relationships develop. 

I would like to thank NetGalley for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review

Thanks For Reading 
Em x

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