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An affair of poisons / Addie Thorley.

Thorley, Addie, author. (Author).
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  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Barnesville Public Library Y THO (Text) 33500013019690 New Available -
Breckenridge Public Library Y THO (Text) 33500013019708 New Available -
Thief River Falls Public Library ya THO (Text) 35500006151474 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781624147135
  • ISBN: 1624147135
  • Physical Description: 391 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Salem, MA, : Page Street Publishing Co., 2019.

Content descriptions

General Note: "No one looks kindly on the killer of a king" -- cover and title page.
Summary, etc.: 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?-- Publisher's description.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 June #1
    Thorley's debut is an imaginative historical fantasy rooted in the very real Affair of Poisons—a seventeenth-century plot to assassinate France's King Louis XIV. Mirabelle, an alchemist, and Josse, Louis' bastard son, narrate from opposite sides of the growing unrest between Paris' gentry and commoners. Mira brews and distills tinctures for the Shadow Society run by her mother, La Voisin. This secret organization cares for the city's poor, but its mission becomes considerably more grandiose when Mira is instructed to create a potent poison intended to help the society overthrow the monarchy. As the plot is put into action and the king murdered, Mira rejects the society's violence and Josse secretly escapes from the castle with his royal siblings. Alienated from their respective communities, Mira and Josse form a reluctant alliance to aid the commoners. Thorley pulls magic and monsters into this exciting historical episode, but the corrupt and powerful (on both sides) are quickly revealed to be the true monsters. An author's note with background on the actual Affair of Poisons enhances this intoxicating read. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Addie Thorley spent her childhood playing soccer, riding horses, and scribbling stories. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in journalism, she decided “hard news” didn’t contain enough magic and kissing, so she flung herself into the land of fiction and never looked back. When she’s not writing, she can be found galloping around the barn where she works as a horse trainer and exercise rider. She currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and wolf dog. An Affair of Poisons is her debut novel. You can find her online at or on Twitter @addiethorley.

Subject: Louis XIV, King of France, 1638-1715 > Juvenile fiction.
Louis XIV, King of France, 1638-1715 > Fiction.
Louis XIV, King of France, 1638-1715.
Assassins > Juvenile fiction.
Poisoners > Juvenile fiction.
Alchemy > Juvenile fiction.
Monarchy > France > Fiction.
Illegitimate children of royalty > Fiction.
Secret societies > France > Fiction.
Conspiracies > Fiction.
Government, Resistance to > Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
France > History > Louis XIV, 1643-1715 > Fiction.
Poisoners > Fiction.
Alchemy > Fiction.
Historical Fiction.
Monarchy > Fiction.
Assassins > Fiction.
Government, Resistance to.
Illegitimate children of royalty.
Secret societies.
Young adult fiction.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.
Historical fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Action and adventure fiction.
Juvenile works.
Young adult works.
Action and adventure fiction.
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