Today we say the Happiest Book Birthday to Robert Jackson Bennett for his absolutely brilliant City of Miracles, the third in his Divine Cities Trilogy. Congratulations Robert!
The thing is, today we also say goodbye to the Divine Cities Trilogy – a series that we, and so many of you, have LOVED reading and being a part of. Which frankly sucks.
City of Stairs was actually the first ever book published by JFB that I read and almost a year before I would end up applying for this job. So, for me, the Divine Cities Trilogy feel like my welcome guide books, like they had my back from the beginning. (Especially because when I started back in late, late 2015 City of Blades was being sent to print so I got to read it early. Mwah ha ha!).
With the Divine Cities Robert has given me one of my favourite fantasy worlds – complex, rich, imaginative and dark, but human as the same time. He’s given me some of my favourite characters in Shara, Sigrud (I always feel the need to stand up and clap whenever I say his name) and, my absolute fave, General Turyin Mulaghesh. Any series that has a brilliantly grouchy, unfailingly likeable middle-aged, disabled female warrior as a protagonist should be up there with the best. The Divine Cities made me think about huge, juicy themes like morality, war, theology, and colonialism all the while giving me one of the most fun, powerful and immersive reading experiences. So thank you Robert, and readers, we so hope you love them as much as we do.
Robert has written a really brilliant post on how he felt finishing the series – read it here on Unbound Worlds.
To celebrate the publication of City of Miracles, we have 3 bundles of the trilogy to give away! To be in with a chance of winning, head over to our Twitter @JoFletcherBooks and retweet our tweet about this post, or go to our Facebook Page and like our post about this blog! Good luck!