Magic, Science, and The French Revolution: A Spoiler-Free Review of ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease

#MediaGalReads spoiler-free review of ENCHANTEE by Gita Trelease debuting Feb. 5.

Gita Trelease’s ENCHANTÉE debuts Feb. 5, 2019! I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy through NetGalley and Macmillan Flatiron Books.

This post DOES NOT CONTAIN SPOILERS. If you would like to read the spoiler post click here. To begin, here is the summary and the shortened review:

Summary: Love. Magic. Revolution…

Paris is a labyrinth of twisted streets filled with beggars and thieves, revolutionaries and magicians. Camille Durbonne is one of them. She wishes she weren’t…

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille must find a way to provide for her younger sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on magic, Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille pursues a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Using dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into a baroness and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for magic. As she struggles to reconcile her resentment of the rich with the allure of glamour and excess, Camille meets a handsome young inventor, and begins to believe that love and liberty may both be possible.

But magic has its costs, and soon Camille loses control of her secrets. And when revolution erupts, Camille must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, reality of magic—before Paris burns.

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Why I was interested: Historical fiction and fantasy are my favorite genres, and when I heard about ENCHANTÉE combining the French Revolution and magic, I knew immediately it was going on my TBR list for 2019.

Judge a book by it’s cover: This cover is so glamorous — perfect for the luxury of Versailles — and cleverly features Camille’s red hair and the French flag. Gold paint — or maybe ink spots? — add some magical sparkle to this front.

What to expect: A collection of enchanting characters, a clever magic system, a dreamy love interest, and rich historical detail to name a few.

Why you should pick this book up: ENCHANTÉE is perfect for historical fiction fans and fantasy fans. It contains all the well-researched details of historical fiction and keeping true to the time period while having a well-developed magic system. They truly balance one another very well with a dash of 18th century science — it’s a tour de force. If you loved Dhonielle Clayton’s THE BELLES, the French Revolution, traditional fairy tales with a twist — this book will become your next favorite.

Want more?: ENCHANTÉE will debut Feb. 5, 2019 and is the first in a duology. I will post a full review with spoilers on Feb. 11 after the book is published.

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