Paris, 1828. The city reels from the failed Revolution. The Royal Court rules the city by day and nine criminal guilds rule the streets at night. When Nina Thenardier’s money-hungry father sells her beloved sister to the Tiger, the brutish Lord of the Guild of Flesh, Nina swears to do all she can to free Azelma from his clutches.
A talented burglar, Nina pulls of a daring heist and swears herself to the Guild of Thieves, where she quickly learns the true reach of the Tiger’s evil, and that saving her sister may be harder than she ever imagined.
This book is fast-paced and wonderfully imaginative. From the Ghosts of the Guild of Death to the Baths of the Guild of Assassins, there is a whole host of dark characters, many of whom are inspired by Les Misérables. Whilst The Court of Miracles was advertised as a retelling of Les Mis, this is not the case. The book has certainly taken some inspiration from Victor Hugo’s epic but the story differs wildly, so, for anyone who doesn’t like their books to predictable, it needn’t be a concern.
My only criticism of this book is that there are large jumps in time which can make the story seem disjointed or mean that it loses it’s flow. It also makes the character development seem a little incredulous – the characters don’t seem to mature much throughout the book, despite being children at the start and many years passing. However, I thoroughly enjoyed The Court of Miracles and it’s definitely one for a rainy day.
This wonderful novel spans generations and combines the power of 12 startling voices to share the experiences of British women of color. Mainly set in London we hear the story of a proud black lesbian playwright, her sassy super-feminist daughter and a sexually fluid millennial, just to name a couple.
It’s Black History Month in the UK and I decided this year I should finally get round to reading some of those incredible stories that I haven’t quite made time for yet.
I can definitely see why this books is a bit love it or hate it. The story of Dexter and Em is given to us in snapshots, Starting from their meeting at uni up to their late 30s, the book oozes sexual tension, but with an increasingly dark edge which reminded me of Sally Rooney’s novels.