Publisher: Page Street Kids
Release Date: February 26, 2019
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?
Wow. An Affair of Poisons. This was amazing.
I hadn’t heard of this until I stumbled upon it at Barnes & Noble. I think they might have put it out before its actual release date? I purchased it February 19th and the Goodreads release date says the 26th, so I don’t know what happened there. I went to Barnes & Noble after surprise getting out of work early to get a pretzel and wander around, and when I saw this cover I was instantly drawn in.
This book starts off so strong! I was instantly hooked right from the first chapter. It starts with Mira, an alchemist for the Shadow Society, a secret society run by her mother with the goal of offering assistance to peasants who have been neglected by King Louis the XIV. Her mother convinces her to brew a poison to kill the abusive husband of a society member, and when Mira goes with her to witness the effects of her poison, her mother instead uses it to kill the king.
The story is action-packed right from the start. I loved the characters. This story is told from a dual perspective, that of Mira and that of Josse, bastard son of the late Sun King. I loved the character arcs and the growth that these two go through during this uprising. There are also A+ side characters and some of the best redeemable characters I’ve read.
When raving about An Affair of Poisons to my friend after informing her that she’s borrowing it and that she’s going to read it, I told her this book has everything: Historical fantasy/alternate history, political intrigue, uprising, alchemy, and definitely the most wholesome first kiss scene I’ve ever read.
Y’all. Read this.