No one looks kindly on the killer of a king.
“Fast-paced and refreshing.” – SLJ, starred review
“The perfect blend of history and dark fantasy.” – Mary Taranta, author of Shimmer and Burn
“Thrilling, romantic, and addictive.” – Rosalyn Eves, author of Blood Rose Rebellion
“The only cure is to finish it.” – Lyndsay Ely, author of Gunslinger Girl
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?
* "This debut novelist manages to set the tone, introduce the characters, and kill the King of France all in the first chapter... [A] fast-paced and refreshing page-turner."
– School Library Journal, starred review
"An Affair of Poisons is beautifully written; like one of Mirabelle's potions, it's the perfect blend of history and dark fantasy, with a tasteful splash of blood, a simmering romance, and an ending that leaves you wanting more." – Mary Taranta, author of Shimmer and Burn
"A rich immersion into a dangerous, alternative world of seventeenth century France… Thrilling, romantic, and addictive." – Rosalyn Eaves, author of the Blood Rose Rebellion trilogy
"An indulgent and exhilarating adventure, Thorley takes an extravagant historical setting and infuses it with a lusciously dark dose of magic and alchemy. An Affair of Poisons takes hold of the reader immediately and refuses to let go. The only cure is to finish it." – Lyndsay Ely, author of Gunslinger Girl
"A stunning, immersive adventure, filled with magic, self-discovery and sumptuous period detail. I fell in love with An Affair of Poisons!" – Lee Kelly, A Criminal Magic