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ISBN13: 9780449910061
ISBN10: 0449910067
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"Open the pages, and out comes a whiff of brimstone, as The Oracle Glass transports you to the Paris of kings and witches, on a guided tour of corruption, love, and sorcery."
--Diana Gabaldon
Seventeenth-century Paris. Geneviève is a skinny, precocious girl with a mind full of philosophy and the remarkable power to read the swirling waters of an oracle glass. Left for dead by her family, she is taken in by the ingenious occultist La Voisin, who rules a secret society of witches that manipulates the rich and the scandalous all the way up to the throne. Tutored by La Voisin, Geneviève creates a new identity for herself--as the mysterious Madame de Morville, rumored to be one hundred fifty years old.
Soon, even the reigning mistress of the Sun King himself consults Madame de Morville on what the future holds for her. And as Madame de Morville, Geneviève can revel in what women are usually denied--power, an independent income, and the opportunity to speak her mind. But beneath her intelligence and wit, and in the face of unexpected love, Geneviève is driven by the obsessed spirit of revenge....
"INTELLIGENT, WITTY AND ELEGANTLY WRITTEN."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"Judith Merkle Riley's novels are small jewels, smooth and polished, glowing with a light all their own....Merkle Riley has her own oracle glass--and she uses it to see as vividly into the past as her Geneviève sees into the future."
--Detroit Free Press
"Enlightening, enticing...The author's own alchemical skill is fully evident here as dashes of black magic and sorcery are added to spice the lively plot. Liberal sprinklings of wry wit and mordant humor help keep the narrative cauldron bubbling."
--The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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MindyBuchanan, February 17, 2009 (view all comments by MindyBuchanan)
Even though this book took me a long time to get through, I really liked it. The latter half was a bit better than the beginning. But I really enjoyed Merkle Riley's take on, well, basically feminism in 18th century Paris. The book doesn't idealize 17th century life for women. It was no doubt every bit as harsh, even for the women of court standing, as the book portrays.

I especially loved the fact that the main character was extremely smart and depended on that ability to stay al...more Even though this book took me a long time to get through, I really liked it. The latter half was a bit better than the beginning. But I really enjoyed Merkle Riley's take on, well, basically feminism in 18th century Paris. The book doesn't idealize 17th century life for women. It was no doubt every bit as harsh, even for the women of court standing, as the book portrays.

I especially loved the fact that the main character was extremely smart and depended on that ability to stay alive and prosper. I also enjoyed the true love interest (its not really a secret, you can see it a from the beginning) being in love with her mind, and she his. So I thought it was a nice change in pace from the - she's so strong then a man enters and now she's a silly swooning female lead - books so popular now.

I'm very interested in reading other books by Merkle Riley. And would recommend this book to fans of historical fiction, especially those who liked Libba Bray's trilogy
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780449910061
Author:
Riley, Judith Merkle
Publisher:
Fawcett Columbine
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
France
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Paris
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Young women -- France -- Paris -- Fiction.
Subject:
Occult fiction, French.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Ballantine Books ed.
Series Volume:
1952, no. 13
Publication Date:
1995
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
x, 510 p.
Dimensions:
8.30x5.52x1.18 in. 1.02 lbs.

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