• Publisher: Seventh Star Press, LLC (April 20, 2015)
The Colonies lost the Revolutionary War. Now it’s 1839 and the North American continent is divided into three territories: New Britannia, Nueva Espana, and Nouvelle France where seventeen-year-old Claire Poissant lives.
Claire has a magical way with words—literally. But a mystical power of persuasion isn’t the only thing that makes her different. Half-French and half-Indian, Claire doesn’t feel at home in either world. Maybe that’s why she’s bonded so tightly with her fellow outcasts and best friends: Phileas, a young man whose towering intellect and sexuality have always made him the target of bullies, and Sam, a descendant of George Washington who shares the disgraced general’s terrible, secret curse.
But when Sam’s family is murdered, these bonds are tested and Claire’s special ability is strained to its limits as the three hunt the men responsible into dangerous lands. Along the way they cross paths with P.T. Barnum, William Frankenstein and other characters from both history and fantasy as they learn the hard way that man is often the most horrific monster and that growing up sometimes means learning to let go of the things you hold most dear.
That out of the way. I found it interesting to see three adolescents struggling to achieve adulthood throughout the adventure. They began to grow as individuals and it was really cool to see who'd they become while still acknowledging their allegiance to each other. Along the way they take on newcomers, though the core of the group remains with the three of them.
Claire's gift of persuasion teeters dangerously into the realm of manipulating free will. She's in a precarious position when it comes to getting her way and realizing when she's gone too far.