Publication: 18th June 2020 – HarperVoyager
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 a failed French Revolution.
1828 and the citizens of Paris still mourn in the wake of their failed revolution. Among them, in the dark alleys and crumbling cathedrals of the city, the most wretched have gathered into guilds of thieves, assassins – and worse. Together they are known as The Court of Miracles.
Eponine has lost more than most. When her father, Thénardier, sells her sister to the Guild of Flesh she makes a promise to do anything she can to get her sister back, even if that means joining the Court of Miracles, the very people keeping her sister a slave.
Eponine becomes perhaps the greatest thief the Court has ever known, finding a place among them and gaining another sister, Cosette. But she has never forgotten the promise she made, and if she’s to have any hope of saving one sister, she will have to betray the other.
This beautiful reimagining of Les Misérables tells the stories of your favourite characters and what might have happened if the French Revolution had not come to pass.
WELCOME TO THE COURT OF MIRACLES, where criminals are divided into guilds and there are rules to follow and loyalties to observe.
“Wretched is the name given to all children of the Miracle Court. What binds us is our guild. It is a bond stronger than family, thicker than blood.”
I was first drawn to this book by the blurb: “Les Misérables meets Six of Crows“. I instantly knew that I had to read it because Six of Crows is one of my favourite books. And then I saw the cover. Have you seen it? So beautiful, shiny, and sparkly… I could stare at it for hours. Finally, I was lucky and my Netgalley request was approved. I got the chance to read it earlier and I was hooked right away. I was catapulted in 1820s Paris, a Paris divided in half following the failure of the French Revolution, a Paris half belonging to aristocrats and half belonging to criminals.
“There are no family names in the Miracle Court, no race or religion.”
Thieves, assassins, crooks, and beggars are all reunited in the Court of Miracles and among them is the Black Cat. Nina would do anything to protect the people she loves, even join the Court of Miracles and becoming a thief, a favourite of the Court, the Black Cat of the Thieves Guild. She breaks into houses, she steals, she forms alliances with other criminals and princes to get what she wants… and she does.
I loved the characters in the story. They are strong, engaging, and very well-crafted and I am already looking forward to see what happens next to them. The story reminded me of Six of Crows, but it is still unique, completely captivating, and with a fantastic world-building. I loved how the Court of Miracles is structured, with its various guilds, its rules, and its alliances. Thanks to the beautiful descriptions and the author’s exceptional writing style I could imagine each scene in my head and it was really really hard to put the book down. The Court of Miracles is the first terrific novel in a fantastic new series and I can’t wait to read more. And you, are you ready to join the court?
A huge thank you to HarperVoyager and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of the novel.