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Title:
Belle révolte
ISBN:
9781492679226
Physical Description:
372 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Summary:
Emilie des Marais is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician-- but society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work. Annette Boucher, from humble beginnings, is desperate to be trained in magic. Emilie and Annette swap lives: Annette attends finishing school as a noble lady to be trained in the ways of divination, while Emilie enrolls to be a physician's assistant, using her natural magical talent to save lives. But when their nation instigates a frivolous war, the two must work together to help the rebellion end a war that is based on lies. --
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From the author of the Mask of Shadows duology comes a standalone fantasy where two young women must trade lives, work together to stay alive, and end a war caused by magic and greed.

Emilie des Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.

Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So when a strange noble girl offers Annette the chance of a lifetime, she accepts.

Emilie and Annette swap lives--Annette attends finishing school as a noble lady to be trained in the ways of divination, while Emilie enrolls to be a physician's assistant, using her natural magical talent to save lives.

But when their nation instigates a terrible war, Emilie and Annette come together to help the rebellion unearth the truth before it's too late.

"A bursting-at-the-seams stand-alone empowerment story."--Kirkus Reviews
"Hand to any lover of magic, rebellion, secrets, and self-discovery."--Booklist


Author Notes

A wayward biologist from Arkansas, Linsey previously worked as a crime lab intern, neuroscience lab assistant, and pharmacy technician. She is also the author of Mask of Shadows and can be found writing about science and magic anywhere there's coffee. Visit her online at linseymiller.com.


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up--Emilie wants to use her magical power to become a physician, but her mother insists that she attend finishing school to prepare for life as a noble ruler of her province. Annette wants to learn to use her magic independently, but her common birth dooms her to work as a "hack" who contributes her power to noble-born magicians. The teens switch places, with Emilie receiving medical training while Annette impersonates Emilie and learns to use her own supernatural gift. Chapters alternate between Annette's and Emilie's points of view, as both girls endure danger and hardship while protecting the common people of their French-inspired realm from an evil king and abusive magical ruling class. The novel features a large cast of characters with white, brown, and black skin and span a range of gender identities and sexual orientations: a noble-born boy assumed to be female at birth whose parents are now delighted to have a son, a queen-in-waiting whose lover is also female, and Annette herself who likes flirting and romance with both girls and boys but isn't sexually attracted to anyone. The characters speak often of their intent to overthrow their ruler and reshape their country into one that supports all people and identities, but the subtext of acceptance never overwhelms the action of the plot. VERDICT Fast-paced fantasy with a pair of determined female protagonists. A welcome twist on the tropes of sword and sorcery novels.--Beth Wright Redford, Park Elementary School Library, Cross Plains, WI


Publisher's Weekly Review

In this provocative fantasy, two young women tackle themes of power, privilege, and politics when they switch identities to pursue their dreams. Noble-born Emilie des Marais, 16, wants to become a physician, a role usually forbidden women of her class because of the corruptive toll the magical "noonday arts" exact. Common-born Annette Boucher wants to escape her domineering parents and master the less physically costly "midnight arts" of illusions, divination, and scrying, normally reserved for those who can afford the expensive education. At Emilie's urging, each girl takes the other's place. Their homeland, Demeine, is on the brink of war with a neighboring land as its king seeks to distract the populace from growing unrest surrounding the systematic exploitation of lesser magical talents, known as hacks, who take the brunt of magic for privileged clients, and both young women are pulled into the escalating conflict. Miller (Ruin of Stars) writes in lush, dense prose that can require a careful read, but her protagonists' awareness of privilege and desire to challenge the status quo shines through. LGBTQ representation--including gay, trans, and nonbinary characters (Annette identifies as asexual biromantic)--further widens this tale's appeal. Ages 12--up. Agent: Rachel Brooks, BookEnds Literary. (Feb.)


Kirkus Review

An aristocrat and a commoner swap places to realize their dreams.In this French-flavored fantasy, magic is classified as either the midnight arts (illusions, scrying, divining) or the noonday arts (physical magic oriented toward military uses and healing). As using magic takes a heavy toll on the practitioner's body, nobles make use of talented commoners as hacks: The hacks channel the magic and take the brunt of the damage while the noble artist directs it. While being packed away to a finishing school where she'll learn the midnight arts, noble Emilie happens upon Annette, a poor girl who looks like her. Seeing Annette's interest in the midnight arts, Emilie proposes they switch places, enabling Annette to utilize the education and freeing Emilie to pose as a commoner in order to apply to the university as a physician's hack (with the goal of breaking the gender barrier and becoming a physician herself). The protagonists keep in contact through letters and scrying, build new communities, and get an up-close look at their society's illsinjustices targeted by revolutionary figurehead Laurel. As they fall into revolutionary orbits, the girls uncover dark secrets, devious politicking, and get a taste of war's casualties. Various types of relationships and sexualities are given positive representation, including powerful platonic relationships, multiple lesbian romances, and characters who are trans, nonbinary, and asexual. The protagonists are white; there are several brown-skinned secondary characters.A bursting-at-the-seams stand-alone empowerment story. (Fantasy. 12-adult) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.