It is rare for me to write about a book before I have read the entire thing but in this case I am making an exception. As usual, I was looking around for a new book to read. I like alternate versions of older stories and I like alternate history. When I stumbled across The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant I decided the download the free sample. The full version of the book is not available until 6/2/2020 but free samples are always good.
This book is an alternate telling of Les Misérables in an alternate version of history. The French Revolution was NOT successful, the Aristocracy and Royals have consolidated power, and things are even more harsh for the poor of France. Nine guilds have formed to represent different demographics of the poor but they are consolidated under a ruling body, The Court of Miracles.
The book starts with a young Eponine; she was one of my favorite characters from the original Les Misérables. In this version of the story Azelma is her sister; the defining moment of the book is when the sisters are separated by the harsh realities of being poor in Paris. From the 20 pages I could read it seems like the whole story is gong to revolve around the two sisters finding a way to get back to each other.
To be clear, in the beginning of the book the sisters go by nick names and it is not until later that we learn their real names. I am using real names up front for clarity.
Azelma knows what is about to happen but Eponine only knows her loving sister has been sad for a few days and is not acting like herself. Why? Then one morning Azelma tells her sister to go fetch Femi and bring him to their tavern/home. Eponine is not sure why but she does as she is told. It turns out Azelma has planned an escape for her little sister; Azelma cannot escape her terrible fate but she can give her sister a chance at a somewhat better life. It may not be a great life, but it is better than the alternative.
The original Les Misérables was one of my favorite books when I was a teenager. It was the first book I really remember making me cry….like so many tears that I had to stop reading type of cry. The beginning and end of the book was just gut wrenching. But those scenes revolved around Jean val Jean who was the main character in the original story. To see some of the characters come back to life in a different way is exciting. I am so excited to read this story!!
NOTE: I am not paid by anyone for this content. I came across a book that I think will be fun and lets me reunite with characters that I used to love.