I am loving these historical fantasy we’ve been seeing more of lately and An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thornley did not disappoint!
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An Affair of Poisons
By: Addie Thorley
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
After unwittingly helping her mother poison King Louis XIV, seventeen-year-old alchemist Mirabelle Monvoisin is forced to see her mother’s Shadow Society in a horrifying new light: they’re not heroes of the people, as they’ve always claimed to be, but murderers. Herself included. Mira tries to ease her guilt by brewing helpful curatives, but her hunger tonics and headache remedies cannot right past wrongs or save the dissenters her mother vows to purge.
Royal bastard Josse de Bourbon is more kitchen boy than fils de France. But when the Shadow Society assassinates the Sun King and half of the royal court, he must become the prince he was never meant to be in order to save his injured sisters and the petulant dauphin. Forced to hide in the sewers beneath the city, Josse’s hope of reclaiming Paris seems impossible―until his path collides with Mirabelle’s.
She’s a deadly poisoner. He’s a bastard prince. They are sworn enemies, yet they form a tenuous pact to unite the commoners and former nobility against the Shadow Society. But can a rebellion built on mistrust ever hope to succeed?
It’s France, 1670 and the citizens of Paris find themselves in the middle of a revolution!! I loved the setting of this fun YA Historical Fantasy poisoner novel!
Mirabelle feels most at home in her fathers laboratory mixing the alchemical recipe’s her mother has ordered her to make. When her mother puts her in a position to choose between her values and what her mother wants things start to take a wild turn! Mirabelle is so strong given her circumstances & I loved that she didn’t back down from what she knew was right! Her contributions to Paris through her alchemical abilities aim to help sway the majority of the commoners to their side.
Josse is the bastard son of the king who fights to save his siblings and being down the Shadow Society after they burned the palace to the ground. When he meets Mirabelle he’s not sure if he should trust her or get rid of her like his older brother says he should! As the fight rages on alliances are made but who will we see take the throne in the end!
I loved this poisoner book & that it was also paired with magical elements. I think that the combination of the two really elevated the story!
I think we’ve needed these YA Historical Fiction/fantasy novels we are getting these days!
About the Author
Addie Thorley spent her childhood playing soccer, riding horses, and scribbling stories. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in journalism, she decided “hard news” didn’t contain enough magic and kissing, so she flung herself into the land of fiction and never looked back.
She now lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and wolf dog. When she’s not writing she can be found gallivanting in the woods or galloping around the barn where she works as a horse trainer and exercise rider.
AN AFFAIR OF POISONS is her debut novel.
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