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An Affair of Poisons

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Publisher's Summary

No one looks kindly on the killer of a king.

After unwittingly helping her mother poison King Louis XIV, 17-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. She 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 whom 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?

©2019 Addie Thorley (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Crystal westfahl
  • 14-07-2019


Loved this book
I have yet to find one half as good
I can’t wait for the next book

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  • Arizona Wildcat
  • 25-04-2019

What a pleasant surprise! A must listen .....

Honestly, I normally would not read or listen to this genre, but I was drawn to it, and I gave it a chance. I am so glad that I did!
The writing, storytelling, and character development are exemplary and masterful.
I was completely involved in the story. To avoid a spoiler alert, I will say simply that the quality authorship caused me to care about key characters and experience many things, such as despair, anger, relief, and justice.
Do yourself a huge favor and experience this epic tale full of some clever twists and turns!
The different characters portrayed by only two narrators was a difficult feat that was well done.
I plan to read the hard copy to get a different sense of the story without the voices.

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  • gladys e.
  • 08-04-2019

Narration was too dramatic

The narrator for Mirabelle was overly dramatic and full of breathy gasps. I don’t want a flat narration but I don’t want a radio dramatization either. Way over the top with the acting.

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  • Kristin Hale
  • 26-02-2019


Loved everything about this book. The narrorators we're fabulous, and the writing is wonderful as well. Five stars!