Enchantée by Gita TreleaseEnchantée by Gita Trelease


byGita Trelease

Hardcover | February 5, 2019

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Love. Magic. Revolution...Gita Trelease's debut fantasy about an orphaned girl who uses dark magic to save her sister and herself from ruin is a "must-have" (School Library Journal, starred review)!

Paris is a labyrinth of twisted streets filled with beggars and thieves, revolutionaries and magicians. Camille Durbonne is one of them. She wishes she weren't...

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille must find a way to provide for her younger sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on magic, Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy food and medicine they need. But when the coins won't hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family's savings, Camille pursues a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Using dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into a baroness and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for magic. As she struggles to reconcile her resentment of the rich with the allure of glamour and excess, Camille meets a handsome young inventor, and begins to believe that love and liberty may both be possible.

But magic has its costs, and soon Camille loses control of her secrets. And when revolution erupts, Camille must choose-love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, reality of magic-before Paris burns.

Born in Sweden to Indian and Swedish parents, Gita Trelease has lived in many places, including New York, Paris, and a tiny town in central Italy. She attended Yale College and New York University, where she earned a Ph.D. in British literature. Before becoming a novelist, she taught classes on writing and fairy tales. Along with her h...
Title:EnchantéeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.46 × 6.5 × 1.56 inPublished:February 5, 2019Publisher:Flatiron BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250295521

ISBN - 13:9781250295521


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glittering Historical Fantasy *I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* This book whisked me away on a fantastic adventure set in the glittering Versailles court on the edge of Revolution. I loved that this story shows the Paris hidden behind the glamour as well because you get to experience both ends of the spectrum. Through Camille’s eyes we get to see how cruel life can be outside the gates. After losing her parents, Camille is left to keep her siblings from the unforgiving streets of Paris. Her brother is a drunk with gambling debts and her sister is still weak from the small pox that took their parents. When her brother runs off with everything they have, Camille must find a way to make money fast. The only thing she has is her magic. She can only ever turn scraps into coins, until she discovers she can also change cards. Out of options, Camille decides to use her magic to gamble at the court of Versailles. As she begins to use a darker magic that can transform her appearance, she begins to live two separate lives that threaten to unravel. While her new income fills her sister with life, Camille begins to wither away. Along the way, Camille meets a charming balloonist who gives her a taste of the freedom she craves. As much as she wants to let go of her court ties, she hungers for her alternate life. Camille becomes addicted to the thrill of the magic and the glittering, dangerous court of Versailles. The cost of survival becomes too high as the magic takes its toll on Camille. I actually really enjoyed the magic system in this book. If a magician doesn’t have sorrow, then they can’t actually tap into it. It’s always interesting to see when magic has limits and how far people are willing to go to have that power. Those who have magic have to tread carefully because there is a cost. Enchantée is a story layered with secrets, magic, romance, and deception. It has the court intrigue, glamour, and magic of The Belles and the dark, intoxicating world of Ace of Shades. If you loved those books and/or historical fiction, I’d highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2019-01-30

Editorial Reviews

"Enchantée is a sparkling, decadent confection of a book, one with a hidden bite. Its sumptuous and evocative Paris has magical depths that will enthrall you. Be careful. Once you start reading, you won't stop until the final page." -Jessica Cluess, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning"Enchantée is truly enchanting: a sumptuous, slow burn of a book that builds to an exciting conclusion. This is a book to be savored: from the rich, detailed descriptions of Paris on the brink of revolution; to the witty repartee and tender romance; to the dark, dangerous thread of magic woven through this wonderfully vivid world that Gita Trelease has crafted. I didn't want it to end!" -Rosalyn Eves, author of Blood Rose Rebellion"Deliciously addictive. Enchantée is a lit firework crackling with treacherous magic, decadent romance, and disguises that take on lives of their own. I adore this gorgeous book." -Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval"Air balloons and intrigue, magic and mayhem, all in a sumptuous Paris on the verge of revolution-a delight from beginning to end." -Alison Goodman, author of The Dark Days Club"An intoxicating blend of opulence, magic, intrigue and romance. Gita Trelease deftly balances a spellbinding story of desperation and deceit on the precipice of the epic revolution that changed history. Camille's tale wrapped around me as entrancingly as her magical gown. J'étais enchantée par ce livre." -Alwyn Hamilton, author of Rebel of the Sands "A heady, sparkling dream of a book. I tumbled head over heels into Enchantée's dark and sumptuous magical Paris and wanted to stay there forever. One of the best fantasies I've read in years." -Margaret Rogerson, author of An Enchantment of Ravens"Enchantée is an utterly beguiling spell that lingers long after the final page." -Laura Sebastian, author of Ash Princess "Set against the burgeoning throes of revolution, this immersive drama makes brilliant use of its conceit. Fans of substantial historical romance as well as fantasy will be thoroughly enchanted." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"Romance and fantasy readers will enjoy the magic realism, ruse and tension of Camille's double identity, authentic historical references, and Camille's daring, passionate spirit. A must-have. A must-have." -School Library Journal, starred review"An immersive, glittering debut that intriguingly blends history and fantasy. A striking examination of power, privilege, and choice in a limited world makes Trelease a new voice to watch." -ALA Booklist"Camille's desire to be a voice of change for the oppressed will resonate." -Publishers Weekly