Camille, a revolutionary’s daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des Mortes 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 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.
Set in Revolutionary Paris? Check
A diverse cast of characters? Check check
Queerness? Triple Check
Awesome Supernatural Vibes? Cheeeeeck
I loved this ragtag band, the Battalion of Death, we had the leader, the ‘muscles’/support, the brains, and the ‘diplomat’ with the connections and then they’re suddenly faced with having a person who they and the world had no idea could even exist. Olympe. She brings us the magic.
Kat Dunn absolutely succeeded in immersing me/the reader in the setting. I hated pausing this book because it took me out of Paris and brought me back to my very tiny living room.
The action scenes are brilliant, there’s this element of Frankenstein meets Les Mis with the revolution, magic, and experiments going on and there’s political plots ontop of political plots. All of which makes me a very happy lady.
Camille and Ade were such an adorable couple, but, this book was not without its drama, there were love triangles, squares, secret fiances, some family issues to put it mildly, and so much more.
Now, because there was so much going all the time, this made this a very fast read despite the page count or chapter count. I loved that, and I ended up reading this in a couple of sittings in a day.
The ending definitely made me want to read book 2 ASAP, and you can bet I’ll be waiting for it. Seriously, the ending promises more adventures and more of the characters perhaps doing their own things, which I’m super excited for.
For what I didn’t like!
I felt as if I never really got to know the characters, I knew Camille and Ade were in love, and they had a relationship, I knew Ade had some serious parent issues and Camille is used to being the leader and getting her way.
I couldn’t tell you more about how they felt as individuals.
There’s not a lot to go on for their thoughts and feelings, for the motivation they might have. And though their loyalty is inspiring, I would say we don’t see any reason for them to be so loyal to Camille given her behaviour and actions in the book.
Guil was my favourite, and yet, he had such a minor role in the book, and I really disliked the romance angle that was sprung upon him. Spoiler: [I am always a person sincerely against having everyone crush on one character]
The romance actually almost killed some of my enjoyment of the book, just because it was almost chaotic for me, and I shipped Camille and Ade so anything else was unacceptable to me lol.
Still, great pacing, great action sequences, and fun cast that I hope to get know more of.
Overall I gave this 3.5 Cups of Coffee, I really could not get behind the lack of character development and the romance chaos, but, I adored everything else and can’t wait for the second book as I’ve said. Thanks to Cymera Festival for this ARC! I got this in exchange for submitting my review of Priory which I wouldn’t have read without going to Cymera 2019!
[This book is out now!]