City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett
What I drank prior: some champagne some sangria and plenty of good feelings.
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.
Drunk Overview: this is thenthird book in the series. Each book takes place with different characters in different time. This book finally belongs to Sigrud. Set ten years after Mulageshs story, Sigrud finally comes out of hiding when Shara is killed. He needs to protect her daighter and is still a badass even though hes supposed the be 70. Theres a bunch of assasination attempts and he finds her daughter and a look alike and then, as always, magic gets intense.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: Sigrud was a character that was so cool in the first book that it was great to see him come back and for this to he his book. The way he approaches magic and people is incredibly entertaining and getting to watch him set up one of his sting operations *chefs kiss* perfection. This book also broigh back some old characters that I loved a new characters Im hesitant to talk about so as not to ruin anything.
the hints dropped through the book that Sharas daughter wasnt complete, as well as how to deal with power was amazing. I persoanlly thought the ending was beautiful and would love another book in this series. These booka start with the killing of the gods and having them end with the creation of the minorest of minor gods without thought to size or skill? I talked in earlier reviews about how this is a world I would love to be a historian in? This book made me want that even more. We got hints and sneak peeks into what the world was going to be but not nearly enough.
And then we need to talk aboit Sigruds end. Figuring out that he wasnt aging due to the magic trapped in his injured hand maybe wasnt the bombshell it was meant to be for me, but it doesnt change the fact that all of that was beautifully handled and explained. His talk with the last remaining god was stunninh for the same reasons. Having his chance to sit down and enjoy a moment… this book made me cry a few bittersweet tears for the pain he endured and the world he helped create. The fact that the guidance he provided was all in how to handle power felt so apt.
What to pair it with: Mulled wine. Thus feels like a book that should be enjoyed in the chill where youre just slightly uncomfortable but the mulled wine makes you just warm enoigh to want ti stay outside. A bit of a bite with enough sweetness to make it work
Rating: 5/5 Shots