The book follows Yann, a boy who works as an assistant to a magician. Yet, it’s Yann and his caretaker Têtu who preform the actual magic while Topolain, the frontman has the charisma. They are summoned to perform at a party for a French marquis during the days leading up to the French Revolution. At the fête Topolain and Têtu recognize the powerful and mysterious Count Kalliovski as a man from their collective past. As they plot their escape from what is, they fear, most certain doom, Yann meets the marquis’s lovely, neglected daughter, Sido. (You knew there had to be a love story in there somewhere.)
I won’t spoil any more, except to to report that the book was very good. It certainly kept me turning page after page to find out what happened next. The characters are intriguing and skillfully sketched to be multidimensional. The plot is fast-paced yet doesn’t rush by so quickly that you’re left wondering how one thing lead to another. Plus, the French Revolution is always a riveting, if blood-stained, backdrop.
Now, I just need to convince the person who purchases YA literature at my library that they need to buy the second book, The Silver Blade.