#Fantasy Review: City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett

While I liked a lot about City of Miracles, I'm disappointed to say I didn't necessarily like the third book of The Divine Cities. It's imaginative and well-written, and bears all the hallmarks of Robert Jackson Bennett's other novels, but the more contemporary and civilized the series gets, the less compelling I find it.

Despite the magic, the swords, and the gods, this instalment is less epic fantasy and more action thriller. It's set in a city so advanced, it's almost recognizable as a contemporary second-world location, complete with highrise hotels. The technologies are far more advanced than in the first two books, right down to the public transit system that serves as a key set-piece for the action.

The other challenge for me here is that Sigrud is a bit cold/thin to be a lead protagonist. He made for a great silent sidekick in the first book, but he doesn't have the personality to drive a story on his own. That said, he fits the action hero mold very well, and would make for a far better cinematic protagonist, but here I found myself having a hard time really getting invested in his plight.

City of Miracles isn't a bad book, not by any means, it just wasn't the book I wanted following the five-star read that was City of Blades.

Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Broadway Books

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for review consideration. This does not in any way affect the honesty or sincerity of my review.

Comments

  1. I'm seeing a lot of reviews of this series on blogs. Love the covers for the series. I haven't really decided if the series would suit me. Nice review!

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  2. I am halfway through the book thus far. It really is action heavy. But I sure am flying through it and loving being back in this world. I am going to miss it and it will be all I can do not to just reread the series...again.

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  3. Hate to hear that. I really enjoyed the first two books and have this one waiting to be read/reviewed.

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  4. Aw, a shame to hear this one dipped after the amazing showing fro the first two books. Still can't wait to read this though :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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