Author: Gita Trelease
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Paris is a labryinth 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.
This book whisked me away on a fantastic adventure set in the glittering Versailles court on the edge of Revolution. I loved that this story shows the Paris hidden behind the glamour as well because you get to experience both ends of the spectrum. Through Camille’s eyes we get to see how cruel life can be outside the gates.
After losing her parents, Camille is left to keep her siblings from the unforgiving streets of Paris. Her brother is a drunk with gambling debts and her sister is still weak from the small pox that took their parents. When her brother runs off with everything they have, Camille must find a way to make money fast. The only thing she has is her magic. She can only ever turn scraps into coins, until she discovers she can also change cards. Out of options, Camille decides to use her magic to gamble at the court of Versailles.
As she begins to use a darker magic that can transform her appearance, she begins to live two separate lives that threaten to unravel. While her new income fills her sister with life, Camille begins to wither away. Along the way, Camille meets a charming balloonist who gives her a taste of the freedom she craves. As much as she wants to let go of her court ties, she hungers for her alternate life. Camille becomes addicted to the thrill of the magic and the glittering, dangerous court of Versailles. The cost of survival becomes too high as the magic takes its toll on Camille.
I actually really enjoyed the magic system in this book. If a magician doesn’t have sorrow, then they can’t actually tap into it. It’s always interesting to see when magic has limits and how far people are willing to go to have that power. Those who have magic have to tread carefully because there is a cost.
Enchantée is a story layered with secrets, magic, romance, and deception. It has the court intrigue, glamour, and magic of The Belles and the dark, intoxicating world of Ace of Shades. If you loved those books and/or historical fiction, I’d highly recommend this book!
Q: Camille uses her magic to infiltrate the French court in Enchantée. If you had the power to disguise yourself in any time period, who would you be and why?
A: I would love to disguise myself as Zelda Fitzgerald in the mid-1920s and participate in the glamour, creativity, and joyous frenzy of the Jazz Age. Hmmm….maybe I should set a book there!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Sweden to Indian and Swedish parents, Gita Trelease has lived in lots of places, including New York, Paris, and a tiny town in central Italy.
She attended Yale College and New York University, where she earned a Ph.D. in British literature. Before becoming a novelist, she taught classes on writing and fairy tales—some of which have seeped into her stories.
Along with her husband and son, Gita divides her time between an old village in Massachusetts and the coast of Maine, where she’s still searching for a secret portal that will take her back to Versailles.
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