A compellingly beautiful tale of magic, intrigue and deception, set against the backdrop of eighteenth-century Paris on the cusp of revolution. Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries – and magicians . . .
When seventeen-year-old Camille is left orphaned, she has 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 Versailles, 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.
Enchantée by Gita Trelease is a YA historical fantasy set at the time of the French Revolution. The story has elements of fact with events and people from history, there is also magic….
Camille family had never had much money and when her parents die of smallpox (prevalent at that time) Camille and her siblings are left alone.
Camille’s older brother is abusive to Camille and her sister and to protect them, Camille begins to practice dark magic…..and transforms herself as a baroness to enable her to enter the Palace of Versailles to try to make money by gambling..
An involved story that’s slow to build with lovely, descriptive writing by Gita Trelease, with some great characters and the relationship between Camille and her sister, Sophie is very strong and emotional. I loved the historical part too….of Paris at such a turbulent time.
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