Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book sort of reminds me of The Dark Days Club in the sense that, while it was slow to start, it has lush descriptions, a determined female lead and such a magical ambience to it.
Set in Paris during the 1780s, it follows orphaned Camille, who is able to wield magic in order to help her struggling family. She uses her magic to turn worthless scraps of metal into coins, even if the enchantment doesn’t last quite as long as she would like. But when her abusive drunkard of a brother leaves Camille and her sister Sophie to fend for themselves, Camille sets her sights on a bigger mark: gambling at the Palace of Versailles.
Using the glamoire (the ability to change the magic wielder’s appearance), Camille transforms herself into an aristocrat, worming her way into their social circles and winning enough money to get herself and Sophie out of poverty. But the more money she wins, the more she comes to care for her aristocrat friends, the harder it is for Camille to leave the Palace of Versailles – and the dangers her magic brings – behind her.
There’s also a lovely little romance between Camille and Lazare, and I loved following their hot air balloon storyline, more so than the Versailles storyline to be honest.
Four stars because of the slow to start beginning, but I’m so pleased I carried on reading and I can’t wait to read Gita’s next work!
*thank you to Macmillan for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review*