Series: The Divine Cities #3
Published by Broadway Books on May 2, 2017
Genres: Adult, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: brief reference to sex
Reviewed by: Rebecca
Revenge. It's something Sigrud je Harkvaldsson is very, very good at. Maybe the only thing.
So when he learns that his oldest friend and ally, former Prime Minister Shara Komayd, has been assassinated, he knows exactly what to do and that no mortal force can stop him from meting out the suffering Shara's killers deserve.
Yet as Sigrud pursues his quarry with his customary terrifying efficiency, he begins to fear that this battle is an unwinnable one. Because discovering the truth behind Shara's death will require him to take up arms in a secret, decades-long war, face down an angry young god, and unravel the last mysteries of Bulikov, the city of miracles itself. And perhaps most daunting of all finally face the truth about his own cursed existence.
In CITY OF MIRACLES everyone reaps what they sow. Taking place 20 years after the events of the first novel, CITY OF MIRACLES explores what happens when revolutions end, after important figures have gained and ceded power. The world continues, as it must. Characters age, characters die, but Sigrud je Harkvaldsson has been the only constant.
Sigrud has been a favourite character throughout the Divine Cities series. It’s hard not to love a sullen bruiser who willing to launch himself into battle. After years in exile, Sigurd is older, unused to constant fighting. He’s earned the right to go for the easier kill. Sigurd has always relied on the guiding hand of Shara Komayd, but when she’s gone he’s left hopeless and unsteady. Shara might have always lobbied for a better future, but Sigurd has only ever focused on standing still and following direction.
As final book in a series, CITY OF MIRACLES is immensely satisfying. It’s hopeful, nostalgic, and sad. Alliances and enemies are closely tied to the events of the first novel, CITY OF STAIRS. It’s easy to speed through the plot, as Sigurd uncovers enemy after enemy, looking for his next target. The past and the future hold equal weight in the novel, as Robert Jackson Bennett ties together loose threads that you didn’t even know were still dangling. If you’ve read the other books in the series, it can be hard to read as much-loved characters grow old or even die. But, to pass on politics and power to a new generation, history demands that kind of change. CITY OF MIRACLES asks you to consider the type of world you want to shape, and the lengths that you are willing to go to do so. It asks questions about duty, regret, and selfishness that stay with you long after you’ve closed the book.Series Titles:
1. City of Stairs
2. City of Blades
3. City of Miracles
For similar books that deal with the after-effects of gods in an advancing society (really specific, I know), check out The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, or Small Gods by Terry Pratchett.