I was so excited to get an arc of this book and was hoping I’d be enchanted (wonder how many times that has been used?!!)
Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians…
When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
With dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. There, she gambles at cards, desperate to have enough to keep herself and her sister safe. Yet the longer she stays at court, the more difficult it becomes to reconcile her resentment of the nobles with the enchantments of Versailles. And when she returns to Paris, Camille meets a handsome young balloonist—who dares her to hope that love and liberty may both be possible.
But la magie has its costs. And when Camille loses control of her secrets, the game she’s playing turns deadly. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic—before Paris burns…
After Camille and Sophie’s parents die and their brother,Alain ditches them for alcohol and gambling, Camille has to rely on her magic to turn metal into coins.
But that comes with it’s disadvantages…..and it gets messy!
Did I mention it’s Paris in 1789 and the setting of this book was utterly fabulous? The author did a fabulous job of the world building!
But…..I must admit I wasn’t as captivated as I thought I’d be. It was a very slow starter and I just didn’t feel that thrill.
I did love Camille and Sophie, there was nothing they wouldn’t do for each other. Alain on the other hand, I HATED him!
I did love the romance, Lazare was one of the highlights for me and also the balloons!