The Oracle Glass

The Oracle Glass

eBook - 2012
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Absorbing and arresting. ?New York Times Fascinating and factual. ?Los Angeles Times Chilly, witty, and completely engrossing ... great, good fun. ? Kirkus Reviews An outstanding historical novel of 17th?century France ... based on a real?life scandal known as the Affaire des Poisons, this tale is riveting from start to finish. ?Library Journal For a handful of gold, Madame de Morville will read your future in a glass of swirling water. You'll believe her, because you know she's more than 150 years old and a witch, and she has all of Paris in the palm of her hand. But Madame de Morville hides more behind her black robes than you know. Her real age, the mother and uncle who left her for dead, the inner workings of the most secret society of Parisian witches: none of these truths would help her outwit the rich who so desperately want the promise of the future. After all, it's her own future she must control , no matter how much it is painted with uncertainty and clouded by vengeance. Take a full cup of wit, two teaspoons of brimstone, and a dash of poison, and you have Judith Merkle Riley's mordant, compelling tale of an ambitious young woman who disguises herself as an ancient prophetess in order to gain entry into the dangerous, scheming glamour of the Sun King's court. Based on scandalous true events, The Oracle Glass brims with our human foibles, passions, and eccentricities; it's a classic of the genre and unlike any historical novel you have ever read. ?C. W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici
Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Landmark, 2012
ISBN: 9781402270604
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Jun 29, 2015

I love a good historical novel, and this book delighted me. It might put some people off with the occult scenes that occur in the book. The late Judith Riley wrote this fairly true to the historical times of the French sun king Louis XIV. I love the main character, as she fought birth defects to become the fortune teller to the elite members of Paris society.


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