I recently recieved The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant for review from the lovely people at Harper Collins Australia.
The Court of Miracles is a Les Miserables reimagining and has all the principle characters in it that we know and love. I really enjoyed this book and loved the way that it twisted what we know from the original story into something familiar yet different.
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.
Eponine or Nina as we know her is the voice of our story. She is the Black Cat, a great Parisian thief who lost her sister and will now do anything to protect her newest sister Cosette from the same fate. In protecting her she goes up against the Tiger one of the Lords of the Court and will have to use all of her wit and skill to keep her sister.
Nina is a great character and I really love the backdrop of revolutionary Paris. Nina negotiates Paris with ease, stealing what she wants and seeing how things could be changed from what she knows. She is a character that I really enjoyed reading about and I kept reading so that I could find out how the story ends.
I really like how the other characters weaved in and out. Javert, Valjean, the Dauphin all interwoven with Nina as she explores Paris and lives her life. The elements of Les Miserables have been interspersed throughout and while familiar they are also redone to create a new backdrop.
The Court of Miracles is really well written, and draws you in over and over until you can’t put it down. I am really looking forward to the next books as I understand that there will definitely be more.
I’d love to know your thoughts.