It’s Caraval in the world of Marie Antoinette! Enchantée is Gita Trelease’s lush and imaginative debut fantasy about an impoverished girl who must use magic to impersonate an aristocrat in Versailles to provide for her sister as her own political awakening forces her to choose sides in the French Revolution.
Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries — and magicians...
When smallpox kills her parents, seventeen-year-old Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic — la magie ordinaire — Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
With the dark magic she learned from her mother, Camille transforms herself into the Baroness de la Fontaine and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. Her resentment of the rich at odds with the allure of glamour and excess, Camille is astonished to find that her would-be suitor Lazare, a handsome young inventor whom she thought shared her dreams of liberty, is also living a double life.
As the Baroness de la Fontaine, Camille gambles at cards and flirts, desperate to maintain her place at court and keep herself and her sister off the streets. But la magie has its costs. When a scheming courtier blackmails her and Lazare’s affections shift, Camille loses control of her secrets. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose — love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, reality or la magie — before Paris burns.
Born in Sweden, Gita Trelease has lived in New York, Paris, and a tiny town in central Italy, though she has spent much of her life in New England. She attended Yale College and New York University, where she earned a Ph.D. in English literature and culture; her dissertation focused on the figure of the criminal in nineteenth-century British novels. Enchantée is Gita’s debut novel.