The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant
Publication Date: June 16th 2020
Series: The Court of Miracles Trilogy #1
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.
Eponine has lost more than most. When her father, Thénardier, 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.
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 Misérables 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 follows Nina as she joins the Miracle Court to find a way to save her sister. But Nina finds herself facing threats from within the Court itself and that even there, there are those that are a law unto themselves.
“This is how it started;
with a sister weeping in her bed;
a child so terrified she sold herself to a thief;
a girl so lovely, the world went to war to possess her”
The Court of Miracles was an enjoyable read for the most part. Grant’s writing is very beautiful and it made for very easy reading. I personally haven’t read Les Mis so I’m not sure how it does as a re-imagining of the story, I recognise some of the names but beyond that I was instead reading it as it’s own story. And it was an enjoyable one.
However, as much as I loved the writing I found that it didn’t manage to live up to the hype. It wasn’t bad per se it was just not quite as good I had had gone in hoping for, which was disappointing. I found myself wanting it to go deeper into the story. The time skips meant that it felt like I missed out on a whole lot of backstory and worldbuilding. For example in the first time skip Cosette suddenly appears as a character but without much story behind her it meant that I couldn’t get invested in the relationship between her and Nina and Nina’s desire to save her. Whilst this is happening Azelma all but fades into the background.
Something that I wished we’d seen more of was Nina developing her thieving skills. To see how she became the Black Cat and best thief in the Court, but it wasn’t there. So it was hard to buy her breaking into a heavily guarded prison, that is supposedly impregnable, so easily. It seemed that Nina managed to overcome the challenges facing her very easily and I found that the buildup was lacking. We are told more than shown that Nina is a master thief.
To be honest I also found myself more interested in some of the side characters more than Nina herself. It would have been great to see more of the other Guilds and characters such as Montparnasse. I found myself a lot more intrigued by him and his guild than I ever did the main character.
Overall, I don’t think The Court of Miracles was bad but because of what I mentioned above it became an easy read for a bit of fun as opposed to something that I could sink my teeth into and truly enjoy. In short I wanted it to go deeper but it didn’t. That doesn’t mean don’t check it out, perhaps you’ll have more luck than me! Afterall just because I didn’t enjoy something doesn’t mean you won’t.
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Until next time x
*I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*