City of Miracles

City of Miracles

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Shara Komayd, once Prime Minister of Saypur, has been assassinated. News travels fast and far, even to a remote logging town somewhere northwest of Bulikov, where the silent, shaven-headed Dreyling worker 'Bjorn' picks up the newspaper and walks out. He is shocked and grieved and furious; he's been waiting thirteen years for Shara, his closest friend, to reach out to him - to tell him to come home. He's always believed she was running a long operation, that there would be a role for him at the right time. Now he has no one else in his life, and nothing to live for - except to find the people who did this. Sigrud wasn't there for the death of his daughter Signe, and he wasn't there when Shara was murdered. Now Bjorn is dead and Sigrud is back. And he will find answers, for Shara, and for himself. He's made a promise ...
Publisher: London, Jo Fletcher Books,, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780857053596
Characteristics: 439 pages ; 24 cm.


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Sep 24, 2017

Arguably the best part of Robert Jackson Bennett’s final book in his Divine Cities trilogy is Sigrud. Sigrud, the compellingly deadpan minor character who has stolen scenes from the leads since book 1 and might have been less complex than Shara and Turyin Mulaghesh, redeems himself in book 3. Bennett creates more nuance and complexity for our silent warrior-assassin and gives him center-stage.

In City of Miracles, Sigrud becomes the epitome of Bennett’s worldbuilding skills. Bennett has created one of the best universes in the fantasy genre, accessible to even non-fans of the genre. The world of Bulikov is well-developed but at the same time it’s also in flux, playing with mythology and magic as well as technology and engineering; a world where gods and the trappings of modern life can co-exist so seamlessly.

What we finally get with City of Miracles is more than Bennett’s worldbuilding skills, which we’ve already seen in the earlier two books. What we get now is a deeper sense of the cycles of life and death, rebirth and destruction playing out now over the years. As a weary witness to all this, Sigrud emerges as a kind of everyman hero. He’s filled with experience, a sense of history, and regret. He has been a party to violence and ultimately realizes the terrible mistakes he’s made. This gives Sigrud a wisdom and pathos that makes his last mission in this book a bittersweet one.

Aug 12, 2017

Amazing conclusion to the series.
I don't want to say more!

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