When a publicist from Sourcebooks Fire approached me to read and review Linsey Miller’s newest book (on account of my working with them for her debut blog tour), I was hesitant at first to accept. I am wary of books that focus on or feature heavily wars and revolutions as that is not the type of reading I enjoy. However, I was intrigued by the Prince and the Pauper twist and the magic system described in the synopsis, so I agreed.
I am very glad that I did! Linsey’s writing style definitely works for me as I finished this book in three days. Once I started reading the pacing carried me through. Sometimes I would get frustrated by the back and forth chapters, but only because I wanted to know what happened next and Linsey did a great job at crafting cliffhangers!
The LGBT+ rep in this book was worked into the worldbuilding with care and precision. Most of the pronouns being used were they/them and since it was very consistent, it didn’t stick out to me as much as in some books where only one character is given that treatment. It all felt very accepted and even appreciated. Not a central plot point at all.
I had the hardest time with the healing/physician scenes as they are rather detailed and I was having sympathy pains to an uncomfortable level. To fix that, I skimmed through them so it wasn’t so bad 🙂
I believe this is a planned standalone, and I am happy to report that it works well. I really liked how it came together. Most of the characters were fun and had good growth, especially our main characters, Emilie and Annette. I did not care for Isabelle for reasons but have to admit that her character growth was well done.
Big thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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 wor.
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 frivolous war, Emilie and Annette must work together to help the rebellion end a war that is based on lies.