I got an ARC of The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant from NetGalley.
TRIGGER WARNING: sex trafficking, addiction, mention of plague
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’m not very familiar with the story of Les Misérables, but after reading this, I definitely have the urge to read the original story. From what I understand, many of the characters from the original story are featured in this story, but in a completely unique and fascinating new way.
The world that Nina moves in isn’t the Paris that we know from history — the monarchy is still in place, and the poor continue to suffer. Young Nina flees a desperate situation and is forced to take charge of her own life after making a promise to her older sister. Her sister is taken away and is placed in danger, but Nina swears that she’ll save her. She joins the Thieves Guild, and adapts quickly, while doing her best to protect Ettie, her adopted younger sister.
Nina is talented and smart, focused and loyal, her actions rooted in justice. She’s willing to risk everything to save what’s important to her, and even when everything is against her, she doesn’t give up. She’s such an awesome character.
The writing is absorbing — I couldn’t put the book down, and the story is fast-paced from start to finish. A really great book has the ability to transport a reader through the pages, directly into the story, and The Court of Miracles did exactly that for me.
People who have sat around with me while I’m reading, especially when there’s a surprising reveal, a shocking plot twist, or an unexpected event often look up in alarm when I gasp audibly. The gasp factor is directly related to the number of times I audibly gasp during a reading, and there isn’t an upper limit.
Gasp Factor: 14
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