The Court of Miracles - Kester Grant
"Les Misérables meets Six of Crows 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 the French Revolution.
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 received The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant for free by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for this opportunity!
The Court of Miracles will be published in the UK on the 18th June 2020 by Harper Voyager!
The Court of Miracles was one of my most anticipated reads for this year! As soon as I saw that it had been likened to Six of Crows and Les Miserables both of which I love, I was desperate to read it. With quotes from The Jungle Book as well it's like the author reached into my brain and put my favourite things together into a great new story!
Our protagonist is Nina, The Black Cat of The Thieves Guild. After her father sells her sister to the Guild of Flesh, Nina has to learn how to protect herself in a version of France where the revolution has failed. Nina is quick-witted, resourceful and daring. She's determined to do anything to save her sister from the terrible Tiger, even if she has to become ruthless to do so. She's a total badass throughout the book and I loved how cocky she was - "I'm here to steal you." She was so well written and is now on my list of all time favourite characters!
It was so refreshing to have a feminist approach and that the plot wasn't centred around romance and Nina wasn't reduced to just being a love interest. There was just enough to give the reader "the feels" without forgetting that Nina is a strong, independent, complex character that has a lot to do!
I really enjoyed the different Guilds that make up the Miracle Court. The Miracle Court welcomes all of the outcasts rejected by the status quo and they find their families within their Guilds. The 'found family' trope is my favourite book trope and it especially applies to Nina as her Guild becomes more of a family to her than her father ever was and she is fiercely loyal to her Guild and the Guild father.
Each Guild was so well thought out and detailed, it really reminded me of elements from the Discworld series! I must admit it made me want to join one! I'm speaking this into existence, there needs to be a quiz like Pottermore but instead of being sorted into your Hogwarts house you're sorted into your Guild! The scenes where the Guilds all had to interact with each other were so entertaining and the characters were all so different and interesting. I loved the references and connections to the characters from Les Miserables!
The story was so good and full of action and danger, I was torn between finishing it in one sitting or reading it over a few days so I could savour it - safe to say that finishing it in one sitting won! I was hooked and couldn't put it down until the very end. Reading The Court of Miracles gave me the same excitement as when I first read some of my favourite books like Six of Crows and Percy Jackson - that magical feeling when you just instinctively know what you're reading is going to hold a special place in your heart forever.
The Court of Miracles is an elaborate amazing fantasy that is enchanting, witty and will keep you hooked with it's fantastic writing and spellbinding plot. I can't wait to read more from this series!