By Kate Braithwaite
1676. In a hovel within the centre of Paris, the fortune-teller l. a. Voisin holds a black mass, summoning the satan to aid an unnamed patron preserve the affection of the King of France, Louis XIV.
Three years later, Athénaïs, Madame de Montespan, the King’s glamorous mistress, is almost 40. She has borne Louis seven teenagers yet now seethes with rage as he falls for eighteen-year-old, Angélique de Fontanges. Athénaïs needs to do whatever to maintain the King’s love and safe her children’s destiny, yet how? And at what size is she keen to go?
At a similar time, police leader l. a. Reynie and his younger assistant Bezons have exposed a community of fortune-tellers and poisoners working within the urban. Athénaïs doesn't are aware of it, yet she is set to be named as a favoured consumer of the notorious los angeles Voisin.
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