EM Castellan's In the Shadow of the Sun is a sumptuous YA fantasy/romance novel set in 17th century Versailles.
It’s 1661 in Paris, and magicians thrill nobles with enchanting illusions. Exiled in France, 17-year-old Henriette of England wishes she could use her magic to gain entry at court. Instead, her plan is to hide her magical talents, and accept an arranged marriage to the French king’s younger brother.
Henriette soon realizes her fiancé prefers the company of young men to hers, and court magicians turn up killed by a mysterious sorcerer who uses forbidden magic. When an accident forces Henriette to reveal her uniquely powerful gift for enchantments to Louis, he asks for her help: she alone can defeat the dark magician threatening his authority and aid his own plans to build the new, enchanted seat of his powerthe Palace of Versailles.
|Publisher:||Feiwel & Friends|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
EM Castellan grew up in France, but she now lives in London. A lover of all things historical, she has a particular fondness for seventeenth-century France and Ancient Rome. Some of her stories can be found on Wattpad, where they have been featured twice and read over 300,000 times, including The Bright and the Lost, the winner of the 2017 Wattpad Awards (Wattys) in the Newcomers category.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As a reader, I have a hard time staying excited about current Young Adult fantasy trends. The themes often feel repetitve to me. And so, I comb through my stacks of to-be-read in search of a fresh twist. This book—with its subtle, glittery cover, and ambiguous title—might not have excited me if it weren’t for the name Castellan on the spine. E.M. Castellan has been turning out gripping historical fantasy and mystery stories for a good long while (check out her WattPad successes The Bright and the Lost, the Young and the Dark, and The Forbidden Room), so I had faith in the author and absorbed the ARC in a few sittings. In the Shadow of the Sun is simply stunning. Not only well-researched, but gorgeously crafted as well. Not a sentence is wasted. Not a character is forgettable. The magic system might sound familiar, but it had quite a fresh shine when channeled through the protagonist, whose first person voice is so honest and intimate that my curiosity held until I was immersed in her world full of complex relationships, frustrating physical limits, and a desperate cause. Ah, the friendships…the more than/less than friendships…I cannot praise the author’s incredible talent with character depth and interplay enough. In only a few sentences, you can understand a motivation—in only a few paragraphs, be fascinated by a character’s whole outlook. And even with that clarity, some of the curves will still surprise you. It makes for a story that feels real, close, and like it could have happened yesterday instead of nearly five centuries ago. This is what historical fantasy was meant to be. You’ll want to put this author on automatic pre-order—she’s definitely on mine.