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Why should you read Enchantée by Gita Trelease?
Remember—magic is a cheater’s game, and everyone who sees it wants to play.― GITA TRELEASE, ENCHANTÉE
Enchantée takes place during the onset of the French Revolution when the people of France we’re starving while the nobles including the king and queen looked on. However, this version of France has a twist: a magical one. Paris was a labyrinth of twisted streets filled with beggars and thieves, revolutionaries and magicians.
Camille Durbonne, our protagonist, is a magician but she doesn’t want to be. Camille has no choice but to use magic to provide for herself and her siblings.
Camille’s reluctance to use magic is understandable since all magic comes at a price and the price is one’s sorrow. Camille doesn’t lack sorrow since her parents died of small pox and left her fending for her abusive brother and sick sister. All Camille wants is all her sorrows to end and to find happiness like she did before. Camille does find happiness,if only momentarily.
“Magicians needed sorrow. And deep sorrow existed only because of love.”
One day Camille saves two boys from dying in a hot-balloon and this is where she meets someone called Lazare. This day reminds Camille of bittersweet childhood memories and for a moment there’s only joy and nothing else. However, Camille is soon given a painful reminder of sorrow in the form of her brother. Arriving home, Camille finds all of her and her sister Sophie’s belongings and money and it could only be done by her brother. Camille has no choice but go find her brother at Versailles and demand their valuable possessions.
It may have been easy arriving at Versailles but leaving was much harder. After discovering her brother passed out at a gambling table, Camille finds herself in a trap when two women arrive wearing Camille’s stolen dresses . In order to get back her stolen dresses, jewels and money, Camille must gamble with the two women.
I forgot to mention earlier but there are three kinds of magic mentioned in the world of Enchantée. At first, Camille only uses only the first kind of magic, i.e. using her sorrow to turn metals into coins. Thereafter, she uses a darker kind or the second kind of magic called the glamour.
As Camille begins to gamble with magic at Versailles, she discovers that court life is not what she imagined at all. As she begins to use glamour magic to give herself a new identity at court, she discovers that she isn’t the only magician there. As lies pile up, will Camille be able to remember her true purpose or loose herself in the magic and glamour of it all ?
“Papa’s ghost might have whispered in her ear, there would be consequences, some of them not fair. How else would you know you had done something, if there was no change? No shift in the world?”― Gita Trelease, Enchantée
What I loved was the magical twist to one of my favourite places, the worldbuilding, it’s diversity rep(there is a queer couple and a biracial character), it’s soft romance.
What I didn’t love was the length of the story. I think it could have been shortened by a whole lot. There were so many unnecessary scenes in the ARC that I had to skim some of it. Since I read an ARC so I hope the final version has been corrected of this.
Someone asked on Insta if this had a world similar to Caraval. Well, not quite. It’s entirely different.
Overall, I highly recommend this book if you love reading about Paris, historical fantasy and magical fantasy(not sure if that’s a word).
|I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.|
Verdict: 4 out of 5 glowing stars.
Author: Connect with Author Gita Trelease here .
- Publisher: Flatiron/Macmillan
- Publication Date: 05 Feb 2019
- Paperback(ARC): 434 Pages
Do you think you’ll read ENCHANTÉE? Do you enjoying reading fantasy mixed with historical fiction? I loved visiting this fictional Paris. What favourite city of yours would you like to see in a fantasy setting? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!