Waiting on Wednesday: The Court of Miracles
The Court of Miracles
Written by Kester Grant
Published by Harper Voyager
Publication date: 14th May 2020
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
Why I can’t wait to read this:
- It’s set in France, during a very exciting historical period – after the French Revolution of 1789, which was a period that I studied in school and found fascinating.
- I always enjoy books with thieves as main characters. I particularly like the idea of the various criminal guilds, each specialising in a particular crime.
- Stories with sibling bonds are always attractive to me – this sounds like it has sisterhood at its centre with Nina and Ettie.
- I don’t have a particularly detailed knowledge of Les Miserables, but I know the main characters and storyline. I am excited to see Nina (Eponine) take a bit of agency in this story, rather than be a victim of events.
- The cover is rather glorious, isn’t it?
What do you think?
Does this sound like the kind of book you would enjoy?
Will you be reading this or do you have any other anticipated releases you would recommend to me?
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