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449 pages, Hardcover
First published February 5, 2019
“Remember—magic is a cheater’s game, and everyone who sees it wants to play.”
Life is hard enough in 18th-century France, and few know that better than Camille, who's been forced to take care of her younger sister and older, alcoholic brother when their parents pass from smallpox. She uses small magics to convert scraps into coins, but they're barely making ends meet when Camille finally decides to explore a side of magic her mother always warned her away from — a type of 'la magie' that can change her very appearance, and win her a ticket into Louis XVI's palace in search of riches and safety.
Little by little, magic was erasing her. Sometimes she felt it might kill her.
She hated la magie ordinaire, but it was all she had.
"What else is there to do with a life than spend it?"
Though she'd tried so hard to hold it all, in the end it ran away like water through her fingers. Nothing stayed.