“Do not cry for me, I am already dead.”
“No, not dead, the dead at least are free.”
In the dark days following a failed French Revolution, in the violent jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, young cat-burglar Eponine (Nina) Thenardier goes head to head with merciless royalty, and the lords of the city’s criminal underworld to save the life of her adopted sister Cosette (Ettie).
Her vow will take her from the city’s dark underbelly, through a dawning revolution, to the very heart of the glittering court of Louis XVII, where she must make an impossible choice between guild, blood, betrayal and war
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Netgalley and Harper Voyager for sending me a copy of The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant. I really appreciate this opportunity.
The Court of Miracles was one of any most anticipated books of this year, the fact that it is thought to be a Jungle Book retelling really called out to me. I love the Jungle Book and anything related to it. Also, can we please just take a moment to appreciate the cover, how beautiful is it?!?!?!
This book is beautifully written, the writing style is so magical and mesmerising you will struggle to put it down. I made the mistake of starting this book late yesterday evening so I had to put it down to go to bed and pick it back up again this morning. Had I have started it earlier this would have been a book that I read in one sitting, I was so captivated by the writing. Once I dove into the book, I forgot about everything else around me, I was consumed entirely by this world.
That said, I feel like I wanted a little bit more from the world. Whilst magical and mesmerising I feel like the world wasn’t built upon significantly enough. I love the Court is split up into different categories, this really interested me. Whilst I understood the world, to a point I feel like it could have been explored in far more depth to really make the reader love this book much more. I felt that the plot was very quick. Don’t get me wrong, I love a face paced, action packed book as much as everyone else but I feel like this is too quick. BY doing this I think the author has taken away a lot of the general world building in exchange for this. I for one, would have liked more world building in the first book and a bit less action in preparation for the next book.
I enjoyed the characters, Nina was so fierce, and Ettie such a little delight. I really liked seeing their relationship build and the fact that Nina will do anything for those that she loved. This aspect of the characters I really enjoyed. However, again I feel like they were under developed and in order to build up a connection with them I really had to try hard. Which is something that I don’t feel a reader should do. Yes, I really did like them but I wanted a little bit more which would have contributed to my enjoyment of this book.
I will pick up the next book in this series as I am very intrigued on what is going to happen next. All in all, this is a good debut and one that I would recommend that people read. It just fell a bit flat for me. I am hoping all of the above will be incorporated into the next book to make a very good, exciting sequel.