Publisher: Broadway Books
Release Date: May 2, 2017
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.
City of Miracles is a stunning conclusion to The Divine Cities trilogy. I was skeptical of my enjoyment going into City of Miracles since I couldn’t imagine how Bennett would finish the trilogy, so I’m overjoyed to say that City of Miracles is an incredible finale worth of its predecessors.
Like the previous novels, City of Miracles takes place many years after the events of City of Blades and follows a new points of view character, Sigrud. From Sigrud’s introduction, I’ve been fascinated by his character and his development. In City of Stairs, Sigrud is a one-dimensional secondary character with his main skill, killing, making his scenes exciting. In City of Blades, readers are given a glimpse of a different side of Sigrud as he’s forced to view his actions in a less positive light. Finally, City of Miracles brings Sigrud’s character full circle as the events of City of Blades weighs heavily upon him.
“What a tremendous sin impatience is, he thinks. It blinds us to the moment before us, and it is only when that moment has passed that we look back and see it was full of treasures.”
City of Miracles expands even further upon the world Bennett has created by introducing new elements and building on things already established in the previous novels. This is a world readers will have no problems jumping back into with each novel despite the considerate time jumps.
“People don’t change. Nations don’t change. They get changed. Reluctantly. And not without a fight.”
Bennett’s writing is easily the best aspect of the trilogy. His writing is lyrical and vivid in its imagery. I will follow Bennett to the ends of the earth because his writing is that good.
Overall, City of Miracles is an incredible finale that brings its world and characters full circle giving readers a satisfying end to a beloved trilogy.