PUBLISHER: Head of Zeus
GENRE: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
The first in a dazzling, commercial, historical adventure series set in the extravagant and deadly world of the French Revolution. A whirlwind of action, science and magic reveals, with a diverse cast of fearless heroines, a band of rebels like no other.
Camille, a revolutionary’s daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des Morts they cheat death, saving those about to meet a bloody end at the blade of Madame La Guillotine. But their latest rescue is not what she seems. The girl’s no aristocrat, but her dark and disturbing powers means both the Royalists and the Revolutionaries want her. But who and what is she?
In a fast and furious story full of the glamour and excesses, intrigue and deception of these dangerous days, no one can be trusted, everyone is to be feared. As Camille learns the truth, she’s forced to choose between loyalty to those she loves and the future.
Anyone who knows me will know that I’m a total sucker for a book set in Paris, so naturally this has been one of my most anticipated books this year! When I finally took the time to pick it up, I instantly regretted waiting so long because I just couldn’t put it down!
With Dangerous Remedy, Kat Dunn has created a whole host of characters that you instantly like and are intrigued about, and has really brought revolutionary Paris to life. The writing is fast-paced yet descriptive enough to keep you understanding what’s going on, and I love how you can just get lost in the story and let your imagination do the work.
The relationships between the characters are full of all the complexities of modern life, and that’s something that I really think will appeal to readers, especially as there are so many different aspects that are explored such as LGBT relationships and friendships. I actually really enjoyed how the characters interacted and how the romances are subtle yet important.
I’d highly recommend this book for anyone after something a little refreshing yet familiar – it reads very much like the best YA books out there, has a setting and some themes that are highly popular, yet makes its own mark on the genre. I for one can’t wait to see what comes next!