DNF @ p. 184
I had a really tough time reading this book because on the one hand, I wanted to enjoy a dark historical fantasy. In this world, set in the late 18th century, the wealthy aristocracy use magical bracelets to keep the poor from using their magic. Likewise, the slaves who work in plantations are force-fed magical concoctions that turn them into zombies and eradicate their magic, too.
Some people have started to think this is wrong and are starting to say that magic is for everyone. One of these is a vampire and his friend, and the other is Robespierre, a commoner with the ability to mesmerize. And the other is a girl on one of those plantations who has found herself immunized against the zombie cocktails.
As I said, I wanted to like this. But oh my God, it was so boring. I kept waiting for the plodding pace to pick up, but it never did.
Also, the slavery portions were pretty tough to read.
Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!
1.5 to 2 out of 5 stars