En garde! Paris, in the 1680s. Dashing swordsmen compete for the favours of licentious women, and magic--God's Blessing--is strong enough that prayers really are answered.
Into the City of Light comes Lise de Trouvaille, a young noblewoman of modest means and no apparent Blessing, searching for an advantageous marriage. But the first eligible man she meets--during a werewolf attack, no less--is exactly the wrong person. Rafael, duc de Bellevasse, is at once too good for her and too bad (he is both the scion of one of the great families of France and a scoundrel presumed to be in league with the Devil, paying huge sums for death-magic spells).
Knowing they are wrong for each other, Lise and Rafael find themselves drawn into plots and conspiracies combining a peasant uprising with the glittering aristocracy surrounding the imperial court. Each has a reason for wanting to solve a series of murders. And each has more than one reason for wanting to avoid the attentions of Nicolas de La Reynie, lieutenant-general of the Paris police and a man who knows, more than most, that something is going badly wrong in Paris.
Set in Paris in the late 1600s, Lise de Trouvaille has a gift and a wicked sword arm which gets even better when she meets the mysterious Rafael duc de Bellevasse whom many believe he belongs to the devil. But not true and these two finds themselves trying to solve plots and conspiracies by highest class in certain societies which surrounds the imperial court. This novel will make you laugh at times and keep you fully entertained to the end. A must listen to in my opinion.
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