Review: City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett


Publisher: Crown

Publishing Date: May 2017

ISBN: 9780553419733

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.4/5

Publishers Description: 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. 

Review: Boy am I late to the party on the Divine Cities series, missing out on the first two. Thankfully the writing is so good that you can jump in at any time and enjoy yourself. 

The character development was spectacular. The characters just grow and grow with the intense movement.   Sigrud has this very humanistic/Golem vibe that captures your attention. As you move through the storyline his opinions and perspectives on life change and what was once reddened fury becomes tempered in its approach. Very well drawn characterization. The world building is epic as you travel along with our anti-hero through different countries and hidden worlds. 

“So why you no give 5 stars!!!?”. As you may or may not know I am not a big fan of phrasing, especially when used repeatedly to expedite the scenes or transition dialogue. Fooking “said softly” was used 61 times. This phrasing was sometimes used repeatedly within a paragraph. Why use this vehicle when the author obviously has the talent to construct scenes that are complex in their approach? Anywaaay, a real good novel that hastens a prompt visitation each day.

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