City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett

Ugh.

Reading slumps. They are the worst!

nick head on couch

I just haven’t been able to get into any books! Usually I can’t wait to read, but lately, it’s been a chore. BUT I am starting A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – she always puts me in a better mood.

Anyway.

Overall, I enjoyed City of Miracles. I’d call it a more modern-day fantasy meets mythology novel. There are gods and goddess, miracles here and there. What you would expect is a knight who appears with a sword to fulfill a prophecy. Instead, our hero is Sigrud, an angry man who is searching for vengeance. Apparently, he’s also very good at stealing cars, shooting guns, and setting up explosives. He finds himself confronting a power-hungry god trying to erase injustice and recreate the world over again.

City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett

What I Liked

1. Present Tense

Bennett uses the present tense throughout the entirety of the novel. This helps move the story along. It’s fun to read as if they are happening. This is something I haven’t read much of, so I found it exciting.

2. Taty

Honestly, besides Taty and Sigrud, the characters seemed a little flat to me. I’m not big into politics, and I like espionage, but it’s not my favorite thing to read about. I think that’s why I had a hard time connecting to the characters. But I absolutely adored Taty! She is a very real character – real things happened to her and caused her to ask real questions, questions that teenagers ask when they grieve. Bennett did an amazing job creating her.

3. Ending

The ending was fantastic. Once I hit the climax, I could not stop reading. Seriously, I flew through the last flew chapters, because I had to know what happened! While I wouldn’t say the ending is totally happy (if you’re looking for the “feel good film of the year” this is not for you), it’s very satisfying. Bennett provides just enough bait to keep us hanging on, but he gives us closure.

What I Didn’t Like

I cannot stress enough how much I loved the ending.

However.

It took so long for me to get there. The world building, the gods, the history – all of it was great! It just did not hold my attention very well. I found it difficult to immerse myself into the world Bennett created. I really wanted to! It just didn’t click with me.

I mean what I said about not being able to stop reading until I got to the ending. It was insane, and I felt totally immersed in the story. The downside is that that click didn’t happen until page 340 out of 451.

I would rate this book a 3 out of 5. For the most part, I did enjoy it. Bennett delivers a well-developed world that ties the fantasy of mythology with modern amenities. It just wasn’t a good match for me. If you’re craving adventure into a new world, this is the book for you.

I received this book through Blogging for Books to review.

What about you! Have you read City of Miracles or any of the other books in the trilogy?! What are some modern takes on mythology do you like??

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