The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant
A Court of Miracles #1
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 know nothing about Les Misérables (shame on me), but I am a sucker for French historical fiction. So, when I saw The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant pop up on my radar I knew I just had to read it, and boy oh boy was it good! I seriously couldn’t put it down!
This story is about a girl named Nina. When her sister, Azelma, is sold off to the cruel Tiger, Lord of the Guild of Flesh, Nina is thrown into the secret underground world of thieves, ghosts, assassins and more. Nina becomes the Black Cat of the Thieves Guild, and as the Black Cat, she makes plans to save her sister from the life of drugs and prostitution that the Guild of Flesh is notorious for. However, with the cost being another girl’s life, Nina is not able to follow through. She then spends the next few years scheming and planning to not only save her sister’s life, but also the life of the girl she almost lost-her adopted sister, Ettie. Nina’s adventures take her deeper into the Guilds, to the court of French royalty, and onto the streets of Paris, where there’s unrest and an uprising being planned.
I just loved the author’s writing style. There were so many moving parts in this story, but they all came together. Plus, this book easy to read and actually understand what was going on, despite the complex world. During this time of quarantine, where my brain feels like mush and can’t seem to focus on anything, I appreciate this so much.
I also really adored the characters, especially our main character, Nina. She’s such a Slytherpuff! This girl would go to the ends of the Earth to protect and save the people she cares about. Sometimes those people get put in some horrible situations, but Nina knows that that’s the only way to get the outcome needed for their survival. No pain no gain, right?
Now, I do have a small gripe with this book, and it’s the fact that there’s a bit of a love triangle or quadrangle…quartet? Anyway, this girl who was told by her older sister that the only way to protect herself was to not act like a girl, somehow ends up with three guys that all seem interested in her. I’m not too terribly put off by it because the romance is not the driving force of this story — Nina is just too busy for boys at the moment — but it was distracting at times, and I’m sure it’ll come more into play later in the series.
…Speaking of which, I cannot wait for the next installment in the A Court of Miracles series. I’m dying to know what happens next, and I’m really hoping we get to see the other half of the guilds, too.
I give this book a 4.5 rounded up to 5 stars. A total must read!
You can get your hands on this awesome book on June 2nd, 2020.
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