Hello! Is it just me or did May absolutely fly by? And while time did seem to move rather fast I still got a good amount of reading time in, and there were two books in particular that stood out to me. One was a fantasy set in the French revolution, and my first ever buddy read and the second was a fantasy steeped in Asian culture with a completely fresh and intriguing magic system. Did any books stand out to you last month? Let me know in the comments.
The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant
In the violent urban jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution has failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles. Eponine (Nina) Thénardier is a talented cat burglar and member of the Thieves Guild. Nina’s life is midnight robberies, avoiding her father’s fists, and watching over her naïve adopted sister, Cosette (Ettie). When Ettie attracts the
eye of the Tiger–the ruthless lord of the Guild of Flesh–Nina is caught in a desperate race to keep the younger girl safe. Her vow takes her from the city’s dark underbelly to the glittering court of Louis XVII. And it also forces Nina to make a terrible choice–protect Ettie and set off a brutal war between the guilds, or forever lose her sister to the Tiger.
” Sometimes we must pay a terrible price to protect the things we love.”
“Escape, my lord? I’m the cat of the Thieves Guild.’ I smile in the darkness. ‘I’m here to steal you.”
“I think you care about a ghost. And it will destroy you.”
“I’ve never been able to fight your battles. I’ve not been able to lift my hand to protect you. I cannot risk dragging my Guild into war.’ His eyes are burning with emotion.’ But if he kills you, I’ll take his head from his body and I’ll sit it on a pike in the middle of the Lords’ table in the Miracle Court, and none will ever take it down. There it will rot, the worms will eat it to bone, and all who see it will remember you.’ His voice breaks, ‘ Even if Corday asks my life of me in return. I’ll do it I swear.”
I was wary going into this because I had read some mixed reviews, and since Susan felt the same we decided to do a buddy read. We both loved it, and I fell a little in love with Montparnasse! You can check out my review and Susan‘s!
Steel Crow Saga by Paul Kruger
A soldier with a curse
Tala lost her family to the empress’s army and has spent her life avenging them in battle. But the empress’s crimes don’t haunt her half as much as the crimes Tala has committed against the laws of magic… and her own flesh and blood.
A prince with a debt
Jimuro has inherited the ashes of an empire. Now that the revolution has brought down
his kingdom, he must depend on Tala to bring him home safe. But it was his army who murdered her family. Now Tala will be his redemption—or his downfall.
A detective with a grudge
Xiulan is an eccentric, pipe-smoking detective who can solve any mystery—but the biggest mystery of all is her true identity. She’s a princess in disguise, and she plans to secure her throne by presenting her father with the ultimate prize: the world’s most wanted prince.
A thief with a broken heart
Lee is a small-time criminal who lives by only one law: Leave them before they leave you. But when Princess Xiulan asks her to be her partner in crime—and offers her a magical animal companion as a reward—she can’t say no, and soon finds she doesn’t want to leave the princess behind.
This band of rogues and royals should all be enemies, but they unite for a common purpose: to defeat an unstoppable killer who defies the laws of magic. In this battle, they will forge unexpected bonds of friendship and love that will change their lives—and begin to change the world.
This wasn’t Lee Yeon-Ji’s first time in a jail cell, but barring a miracle it was looking to be her last.”
“I’ve been a shit sister, Mang.’ ‘I once read a play where a sister killed her brother, then slept with his son,’ he said. ‘By that metric, you’re doing just fine.”
” Jimuro tapped the door and it sprang open at his touch ‘I’m too glad to see you to have a good comeback.’
Tala Grinned, ‘Your comebacks are shit anyway,”
The characters really made this book for me and their interactions had me in stitches. That and the truly fresh magic system had me flying through the pages. You can find my full review here.