The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant
Themes: fantasy, heist, YA, historical fiction,
Trigger warnings/Potential concerns for readers: (child) Abuse, slavery, prostitution
Format: I received an E-Arc copy from Netgalley but I believe it will be available in a hardback first and then a paperback edition will be released next year (21/1/2021). There is a special edition from Waterstones that may come back in stock but the original hardback version can be found here.
Price: £12.99 on Waterstones
Pages: 464 Pages
Rating: 5 STARS
Release date: 18/06/2020
I was SO surprised to receive an E-Arc copy of this book but so grateful I did. I’ve been looking forward to this book and I’ve even preordered the Waterstones special edition because it looks b e a u tiful!
I’m really intrigued by this book because I’ve heard its a Jungle Book (Rudyard Kipling not Disney) meets Les Misérables meet Six of Crows. I’ve never watched or read Les Misérables or read the Jungle Book so I was a little apprehensive about reading this as I have literally no idea about what is going to go down!
Six of Crows meets Les Miserables in this page-turning adventure as a young thief finds herself going head to head with leaders of Paris’s criminal underground in the wake of a failed French Revolution.
Liberty. 1828 and the citizens of Paris still mourn in the wake of their failed revolution. Among them, in the dark alleys and crumbling cathedrals of the city, the most wretched have gathered into guilds of thieves, assassins – and worse. Together they are known as The Court of Miracles.
Family. Eponine has lost more than most. When her father, Thenardier, sells her sister to the Guild of Flesh she makes a promise to do anything she can to get her sister back, even if that means joining the Court of Miracles, the very people keeping her sister a slave.
Treachery. Eponine becomes perhaps the greatest thief the Court has ever known, finding a place among them and gaining another sister, Cosette. But she has never forgotten the promise she made, and if she’s to have any hope of saving one sister, she will have to betray the other.
This beautiful reimagining of Les Miserables tells the stories of your favourite characters and what might have happened if the French Revolution had not come to pass.
The Court of Miracles is a super fast paced action packed story, there’s a lot going on, some clever twists and a lot of characters. There’s different guilds for different things such as the Guild of Assassins. There’s Lords of the Guilds and then masters, etc with lots of different characters in each guild so I think I would have benefitted from some sort of character list. I enjoyed the characters, they were dark, real, flawed and mysterious and I would have liked to have known more about their backstories and how they came to join the guilds, etc.
There were quite a few time jumps throughout the book which I did find a little confusing at times, I also found the appearance of Cosette or Ettie as she’s called by Nina a little confusing, there was no build up to a younger sister character appearing so I could have done with some more clarity on how she came to be so important to Nina.
You are not Nina the kitten, you are the Black Cat
This is a great tale of sisterhood and about how far we’ll go for those we love and for Nina, there is no limit. I LOVE Nina, I thought she was brilliantly flawed and determined character. I’d love to see more of how she became such a talented thief and more about her relationships with the other characters and potentional love interests. I quite liked that was little romance in this story and that’s coming from someone who loves romance in stories haha.
The world building is incredible, you can really get a taste for what life would be like and it is not pleasant. The poverty, the desperation, famine, the wealth gap, abuse, illness, it feels SO real. The book is set in 1820s Paris after a failed revolution and Grant has done a superb job of imaging and capturing the spirit of the citizens of Paris and how difficult life was when dealing with the horrors of poverty and famine.
I don’t think you need prior knowledge of the Jungle Book, Les Miserables, Six of Crows, etc to be able to read this story, I just enjoyed this book for what it was; a bloody good book. I could have quite happily read this book in one sitting but forcibly made myself take breaks so I could enjoy it for longer. I just loved this book so much more than I thought I would, and cannot wait for the next installment in the series.
A hugeee thanks to Netgalley and HarperCollins Publishers for the E- Arc of The Court of Miracles.
5 Stars from me!