A sumptuous historical fantasy romance set in the court of King Louis XIV, the Sun King - a dangerous place to be for those who would defy him.
In seventeenth-century France, Louis XIV rules with flamboyant ambition. From the Hall of Mirrors to the vermin-infested attics of the Chateau at Versailles, courtiers compete to please the king, sacrificing fortune,principles and sacred bonds.
Here, Marie-Josephe de la Croix looks forward to assisting herbrother, Yves, in the scientific study of the rare sea monster he has captured. But when Marie-Josephe makes a discovery about the sea creature that threatens all her brother, the courtiers and the King understand, it is left to her to defy the institutions that power her world.
But in the decadent court of King Louis, where morality is skewed and corruption reigns - will anyone listen to a single voice? Somehow, she must find the courage to follow her heart and her convictions - even at the cost of changing her life forever.
A dazzling and spirited evocation of thepassions, intrigues and preconceptions of the age, along with a dandy pair ofstar-crossed lovers: an enchanting slice of what-if historical speculation - Kirkus
Successfully melds fantasy and alternate history to create acharming, well-written and meticulously-researched novel - Fantasy Book Review