City of Miracles

City of Miracles

A Novel

eBook - 2017 | First edition
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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.


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Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0553419749 (electronic bk.)
9780553419740 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK S BENNETT
Characteristics: text file,rda
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gendeg
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.

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4FlyingCows
Aug 12, 2017

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

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