Get ready for me to gush about this book to you! The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant is a definite must add to your TBR for this year. A big thank you to Harper Voyager UK for sending me this book to read and review. All thoughts and opinions on this review are my own.
Ok lets get on with the review.
Title: The Court of Miracles
Author: Kester Grant
Publisher: Harper Voyager UK
Publishes: 14th May 2020
A diverse fantasy reimagining of Les Misérables and The Jungle Book.
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.
This to me is what a YA fantasy book should be. It had everything from action, tension building and strong characters. It also has that one that you wish would literally meet a nasty ending!
A very whimsical book that had me holding my breath, giggling and routing for the main character. It definitely had vibes of Six of Crows with the different factions of the groups. The hierarchy in the different groups is well thought out and I loved all the background for each of them. You got to know the characters more and find out who you like and who you didn’t.
The relationship between Nina and Ettie broke my heart. It really showed how far Nina would go for those she loves even sacrificing herself. It was done so well that I felt my heart break for her a little. It made me like her even more.
The book was descriptive and I could literally close my eyes and imagine being part of the story. I so want to be part of the Court especially the thieves, the camaraderie and love between the characters is shining through every page.
From the first page to the last I was hooked, I devoured this book in one sitting. At times the pace of the book was slow but this just added to the tension to the storyline. The characters are some of my favourites that I have read this year.
Highly recommend this book to lovers of a dark YA fantasy, with excellent character building intricate worldbuilding and a magnificent background of Paris.
I at times gasped and I have to say THAT ENDING can’t believe that ending!