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An Affair of Poisons
ISBN: 9781624147135
Author: Thorley, Addie
Publisher: Page Street Kids Pub Co
Published: February 2019
Retail: $18.99    OUR PRICE: $11.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: In an alternative history, alchemist Mirabelle and Louis XIV's natural son, Josse, join forces after Mirabelle's mother, La Voisin, and her Shadow Society poison the king and try to seize control of France.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Alchemists; Fiction.
Poisoning; Fiction.
Magic; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2019006130
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 10-12
Grade level: 10-12
Physical Information: 1.00" H x 100.00" L x 5.75" W
Bargain Category: Fantasy, High School, Historical Fiction
Grade level(s): 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Fall)
After seventeen-year-old alchemist Mirabelle unintentionally helps assassinate King Louis XIV, she renounces the uprising led by her mother's Shadow Society to brew curatives for the impoverished masses in secret. Meanwhile, Josse, the king's bastard son, must flee to the sewers of Paris to protect his beloved younger sisters and decidedly [cf2]not[cf1]-beloved half-brother, the crown prince. An exciting debut novel packed with poison, rebellion, action, and romance. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 December)

Gr 9 Up{amp}mdash;This debut novelist manages to set the tone, introduce the characters, and kill the King of France all in the first chapter. Seventeen-year-old Mirabelle has followed in her father's footsteps, as the Alchemist for the Shadow Society (a group led by her mother that brews curatives for the people of France). But when Mirabelle is tricked into making a deadly poison for King Louis XIV, her world is turned upside down as her mother makes a play for the throne. After his father is poisoned, Josse, the king's bastard son manages to help his siblings escape and go into hiding. In alternating chapters, readers follow Mirabelle's journey to righting the wrong she never meant to commit and Josse's path to finding out where he fits into the royal family. Teens will appreciate this historical novel with a hint of magic about a time period that has not been overly explored. Though a bit gory at times, Thorley's descriptions do not go over the top, but leave readers with just enough detail to set the scene. Even the obvious romance that develops manages to add to the plot and doesn't overpower it. VERDICT This fast-paced and refreshing page-turner is recommended as a first purchase for all libraries serving teens.{amp}mdash;Elizabeth Portillo, Easton Public Library, CT

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