Series : Enchantee
Publisher : Macmillan Children’s Books
Source : Publisher
Release Date : February 26th 2019
Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries – and magicians . . .
When smallpox kills her parents, seventeen-year-old Camille is left to provide for her frail sister and her volatile brother. In desperation, she survives by using the petty magic she learnt from her mother. But when her brother disappears Camille decides to pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Using dark magic Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine‘ and presents herself at the court of Versaille, where she soon finds herself swept up in a dizzying life of riches, finery and suitors. But Camille’s resentment of the rich is at odds with the allure of their glamour and excess, and she soon discovers that she’s not the only one leading a double life . . .
Enchantée is a compelling historical fantasy and is Gita Trelease’s debut novel.
There is something about a fantasy that takes inspiration from real life and makes it something magical. Enchantee is a book that ticks all the boxes that fantasy readers are looking for. With the magic and adventure, readers will be delighted with the daring Camille. She is not afraid of the challenges that are stacked up against her. It’s a dangerous game she plays and her story leaves no stone unturned.
It’s set in an interesting time period of France and as a result the historical elements are touch notch as well. Trelease literally took readers to the streets of Paris highlighting the society problems and glorious beautiful extravaganza that the nobles were partaking in . Capturing the essence that many readers will be familiar with but get a dramatic contrast, perfect for the characterisation of Camille .
This is a character that is not afraid to get her hands dirty to say the least. She aware of her surroundings, understand the climate and honestly ahead of the game despite her risk taking. Camille doesn’t do it for herself. Readers can see her motive, she wants the best for her family despite the sorrows that have taken place. The supporting characters are delicious literally, they bring the drama and glitz to life only enchanting this story even more.
A solid debut, Enchantee is perfect for those readers who love a dash of adventure and breaking the norms. Trelease give what readers want with a magical engaging tale that will leave you begging for more. She is magician with her words and get ready to be whisked to pre-revolution France and experience the highs and lows of this time.