AN AFFAIR OF POISINS, by Addie Thorley, Page Street Publishing


No one looks kindly on the killer of a king.

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?

approx. 400 pages

Out February 26, 2019


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

I have to say one of the key things that struck me the most as being done really well, was how flawlessly researched this story was.  The other things was the amazing well-developed characters created.

But it didn’t stop there for me.  I really didn’t know if I’d like a book centered around poisons.  I was wrong.  The fast pacing, steady building of tension, dab of romance not too much to turn me off, and the expertly driven character growth.  Take a historical moment and rewrite it with an alternate history… wow.

This gal sure knows her stuff. I was very impressed. I will be keeping my eye on Addie Thorley and if you’re smart, you’ll get her book and be prepared to be taken on quite the ride.  Political intrigue, breath-taking adventure and earth shattering creativity, murder, mayham and the killing of a King…

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