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"Absorbing and arresting." —New York Events
"Fascinating and factual." —Los Angeles Events
"Chilly, witty, and completely engrossing … good, good pleasant." — Kirkus Critiques
"A powerful historic novel of seventeenth–century France … based mostly totally on an precise–life scandal typically referred to as the Affaire des Poisons, this story is riveting from start to finish." —Library Journal
For a handful of gold, Madame de Morville will study your future in a glass of swirling water. You'll contemplate her, because of you already know she's higher than 100 fifty years earlier and a witch, and he or she has all of Paris inside the palm of her hand. Nevertheless Madame de Morville hides additional behind her black robes than you understand. Her precise age, the mother and uncle who left her for lifeless, the interior workings of in all probability probably 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 long run. In any case, it's her private future she ought to administration , no matter how quite a bit it is painted with uncertainty and clouded by vengeance.
"Take a full cup of wit, two teaspoons of brimstone, and a contact of poison, and you have got Judith Merkle Riley's mordant, compelling story of an formidable youthful woman who disguises herself as an historic prophetess with a view to realize entry into the damaging, scheming glamour of the Photo voltaic King's courtroom. Based mostly totally on scandalous true events, The Oracle Glass brims with our human foibles, passions, and eccentricities; it's a primary of the type and in distinction to any historic novel you’ve got ever study." —C. W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici