I was not expecting to be even the slightest bit interested in An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley. And, to be fair, that cover really doesn’t do a great job of selling this book. Sure, it’s nice to look at, a little bit. But for me, at least, it looks like the cover of a mild romance novel. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that, but I’m not a reader of romance novels and therefore had no intention of putting this book on my TBR. And I am thrilled to announce that this book is anything but. An Affair of Poisons probably has a romance, of course, but it’s definitely not the center of the novel by any means. And I could not be more excited to share this exceedingly exciting book with you all. Hopefully I won’t be the only one adding this to my TBR today.
So, unwittingly and at the behest of her mother, young alchemist Mirabelle (and others, I’m sure) poisons King Louis XIV and sends the kingdom into utter turmoil. With apparently nearly the entire royal family taken out, Mirabelle is sent down into the shadow society that her mother is a part of, followed by the trauma and feeling of betrayal that comes alongside having been led into a murder and nothing Mirabelle does ever seems to help her atone for the horrible deed that she took part in. Meanwhile a bastard of the royal family, Josse de Bourbon, suddenly finds himself in the strange situation of becoming the Prince he never expected to become nor was ever supposed to be. As he attempts to save his family, his kingdom, and his world Josse crosses paths with Mriabelle and despite being sworn enemies, they enter into a shaky pact with one another.
No one looks kindly on the killer of a king.
After 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 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?
I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this book and I hope that it’s sparked your interest as well. Of course, it’s time for you all to let me know what your thoughts are on this book? Are you open to add it to your TBR? Is it not your kind of novel? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you!