City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Closer to a 3.5
the latest (final?) book in what’s been a really interesting series by Robert Jackson Bennett, this book still doesn’t reach the heights of City of Stairs, but is miles ahead of City of Swords. What this does well is bring a lot of the great parts of both books into place for this third act. Lots of callbacks to everything that’s gone on, a classic trope to tie everything together, and a fairly worthwhile conclusion.
I liked it a lot, but I didn’t love it. I wanted to love it because I love so much of Bennett’s other work, but the bar was simply set too high with Stairs and it never quite gets to that point. Still, the characters here are more compelling than in Swords (and that includes being written in a more compelling way when we have returning people), and the story itself has a more investigative tone that was unexpected, so it’s far, far, far from a failure. Overall, though, this will seemingly always remain a series that missed a lot of its potential.
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