By Judith Merkle Riley
"Absorbing and arresting." —New York Times
"Fascinating and factual." —Los Angeles Times
"Chilly, witty, and entirely engrossing ... nice, sturdy fun." — Kirkus Reviews
"An awesome old novel of 17th–century France ... in keeping with a real–life scandal often called the Affaire des Poisons, this story is riveting from begin to finish." —Library Journal
For a handful of gold, Madame de Morville will learn your destiny in a pitcher of swirling water. You'll think her, since you be aware of she's greater than one hundred fifty years previous and a witch, and he or she has all of Paris within the palm of her hand. yet Madame de Morville hides extra at the back of her black gowns than you recognize. Her actual age, the mummy and uncle who left her for lifeless, the interior workings of the main mystery society of Parisian witches: none of those truths could support her outwit the wealthy who so desperately wish the promise of the longer term. in any case, it's her personal destiny she needs to keep watch over , regardless of how a lot it's painted with uncertainty and clouded through vengeance.
"Take a whole cup of wit, teaspoons of brimstone, and a splash of poison, and you have got Judith Merkle Riley's mordant, compelling story of an formidable younger lady who disguises herself as an historic prophetess so one can achieve access into the harmful, scheming glamour of the solar King's court docket. in keeping with scandalous real occasions, The Oracle Glass brims with our human foibles, passions, and eccentricities; it's a vintage of the style and in contrast to any ancient novel you've ever read." —C. W. Gortner, writer of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici
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The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley