Blood Rose Rebellion

Rosalyn Eves. Knopf, $17.99 (416p) ISBN 978-1-101-93599-6
Eves’s captivating debut opens in London in 1847. Highborn magicians known as Luminates rule Europe, and a spell dubbed the Binding precludes proletarian insurrection by restricting the use of magic to those with noble blood. Enter Anna Arden, a 16-year-old of noble birth who can’t cast spells, and will therefore never be accepted into Luminate society. When an unfortunate incident reveals that Anna has a singular talent for breaking spells, she is beset by requests from rebels to undo the Binding. Anna is sympathetic to their cause but knows that Luminate officials would kill to maintain the status quo, so she decamps to Hungary. A class war is brewing there, too, forcing Anna to decide between playing it safe but remaining a nobody and risking everything for the chance to transform the world. This richly imagined historical fantasy enchants while contemplating sexism, classism, and how best to effect social change. Intrigue, action, and star-crossed romance abound, propelling this trilogy opener toward a heartbreaking yet hopeful conclusion. Ages 12–up. Agent: Josh Adams, Adams Literary. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/16/2017
Release date: 03/28/2017
Genre: Children's
Library Binding - 416 pages - 978-1-101-93600-9
Compact Disc - 978-0-7352-0711-0
Paperback - 432 pages - 978-1-101-93602-3
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