WOW: An Affair of Poisons

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An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley

Expected Publication: February 26th 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fantasy
Pages: 400


An Affair of PoisonsAfter 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 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 derelict sewers beneath the city, any hope of reclaiming Paris seems impossible—until Josse’s path collides with Mirabelle’s, and he finds a surprising ally in his sworn enemy.

She’s a deadly poisoner. He’s a bastard prince. Together, 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?


  • Anti-heroes and bad guys! The very first sentence of the summary had me hooked. It sounds so dark and twisty.
  • Family dynamics. Between Mirabelle and her mother, and Josse and his siblings, it sounds like there will be some really interesting relationships in this story.
  • I’m a history-lover. But I’d don’t know that much about this period in French history so it’ll be interesting to see how the alternate history spins off and what what touches of the 16th Century world get pulled in.


What are you currently reading?
ebook: An ARC of Enchantée by Gita Trelease.

Audiobook: Mort by Terry Pratchett, the second book in my (selective) Discworld reread this year.

What did you recently finish reading? Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett.

What do you think you’ll read next? #FFFebruary starts on the first, so it’ll probably be whatever I pick for that. Maybe For Whom the Roses Grow by Rebekah Blackmore. It’s short and should be a good one to get me started.


13 thoughts on “WOW: An Affair of Poisons”

  1. Aah, An Affair of Poisons sounds so good! I’d only heard of it once before, but I didn’t know anything about it. I’m not really into historical fiction, generally, but I think I’d quite enjoy this! I do like court intrigue and politics in high fanasty, so I thinl I’d probably love this! Thanks for the post! And enjoy F/F February!

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