‘Power is not something you are given. Power is something you take. When you are a woman, it is a little more difficult, that’s all’
1768. Charlotte arrives in Naples to marry a man she has never met. Two years later, her sister Antoine is sent to France to marry another stranger. In the mirrored corridors of Versailles, they rename her Marie Antoinette.
But the sisters are not powerless. When they were only children, Charlotte and Antoine discovered a book of spells – spells that seem to work, with dark and unpredictable consequences.
In a world of vicious court politics, of discovery and dizzying change, Charlotte and Antoine use their secret skills to redefine their lives, becoming the most influential women of the age.
But every spell requires a sacrifice. As love between the sisters turns to rivalry, they will send Europe spiralling into revolution.
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Brimming with romance, betrayal, and the hidden power of women, THE EMBROIDERED BOOK reveals and reimagines a dazzling period of history as you have never seen it before.
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Sacrifice, family, dreams, greed, and deep, dark magic, The Embroidered Book is a triumph, examining all through the hearts and minds of two sisters at a pivotal era in history. You may know the story of Marie Antoinette and Queen Charlotte of Naples. I guarantee you, after reading Heartfield’s incredibly crafted and eloquent reimagining, you will love and bleed with them. Most highly recommended. – Julie E. Czerneda, author of The Gossamer Mage