City of Miracles

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 . . .

city of miracles

Author: Robert Jackson Bennett | Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books

After reading City of Blades, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the last book in The Divine Cities trilogy, City of Miracles. And I wasn’t disappointed. I have one hell of a book hangover… Like, this going to be a really, really hard one to follow!

The last book in any series is always a bit sad, saying goodbye to all the friends you made and the story you loved so much wrapping up. That being said, I should issue a warning: City of Miracles is extra, extra sad. Just saying… It’s totally worth it, but it really piles on the feels.

As is fitting for a final wrap up, in City of Miracles we visit with all our old favourites: Shara, Mulaghesh, Olvos, the original City of Bulikov (from City of Stairs), and, as is fitting, Sigrud (the only constant actor in all three books) takes centre stage for the final showdown. I loved how each book passed on the torch to a different actor, while swirling all the same ingredients together, three smaller stories all ending up a part of one much bigger tale.

As we’ve come to expect from this series, City of Miracles takes us on an action-packed and fast paced journey through a world of wonderous and terrible miracles, madness and divinity, on a grand scale. The worldbuilding is epic, and never more so than in this final instalment. In City of Miracles we explore the very fabric of the world the author created.

There are probably a thousand ways to end a series, and no “right” one. However, I thought City of Miracles struck just the right note: heartbreaking, yet hopeful; final, yet with something left to the imagination. It’s hard to imagine it being done better.

I adored every second of the adventure I’ve been on with The Divine Cities trilogy, and I highly recommend them for anyone looking for a good fantasy read. They were completely unputdownable, deeply moving, thought-provoking, exciting, ambitious, and very, very entertaining.

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