The Oracle Glass

The Oracle Glass

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
The decadence and splendor of the Sun King's court in seventeenth-century France provide the backdrop for a historically authentic tale of a fifteen-year-old girl who joins a sorcerous subculture that toys with the lives of the rich and powerful. 35,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo.

Blackwell North Amer
With imaginative verve, intelligence, and exceptional detail, The Oracle Glass captures the rich tang of one of history's most irresistible eras. Spinning actual police records from the reign of Louis XIV into a darkly captivating story, it follows the fortunes of Genevieve Pasquier, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been transformed into an imperious, seemingly infallible fortune-teller...
Genevieve is a skinny, precocious little monkey with a mind full of philosophy and the power to read the swirling waters of an oracle glass - for a demimonde who will believe anything. Left for dead by her family, Genevieve is taken in by La Voisin, an ingenious occultist and omnipotent society fortune-teller. La Voisin also rules a secret society of witches - abortionists and poisoners - who manipulate the lives of the rich and scandalous all the way up to the throne. Tutored by La Voison, Genevieve creates a new identity for herself - as the mysterious Madame de Morville, complete with an antique black dress, a powdered face, a cane, and a wickedly sarcastic streakwho is supposedly nearly one hundred fifty years old. Even the reigning mistress of the Sun King himself consults Madame de Morville on what the future holds for her. And as Madame de Morville, Genevieve can revel in what women are usually deniedpower, an independent income, and the opportunity to speak her mind. Beneath her intelligence and wit, what drives Genevieve is a private revenge - but what she doesn't expect is for love to come in the bargain.

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& Taylor

The decadence and splendor of the Sun King's court in seventeenth-century France provide the backdrop for the tale of a fifteen-year-old girl who joins a sorcerous subculture that toys with the lives of the rich and powerful

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking, 1994
ISBN: 9780670850549
0670850543
Branch Call Number: FIC Ri 1994
Characteristics: x, 510 pages ; 24 cm

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nattexan
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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