The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley

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Not quite as murkily scary as Anne Rice's grue-fests, but chilly, witty, and completely engrossing.
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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!


"Absorbing and arresting." —New York Times



"Fascinating and factual." —Los Angeles Times



"Chilly, witty, and completely engrossing ... great, good fun." — Kirkus Reviews



"An outstanding historical novel of 17th–century France ... based on a real–life scandal known as the Affaire des Poisons, this tale is riveting
from start to finish." —Library Journal



For a handful of gold, Madame de Morville will read your future in a glass
of swirling water. You'll believe her, because you know she's more than 150
years old and a witch, and she has all of Paris in the palm of her hand.
But Madame de Morville hides more behind her black robes than you know.
Her real age, the mother and uncle who left her for dead, the inner workings
of the most secret society of Parisian witches: none of these truths would help
her outwit the rich who so desperately want the promise of the future. After
all, it's her own future she must control , no matter how much it is painted with
uncertainty and clouded by vengeance.



"Take a full cup of wit, two teaspoons of brimstone, and a dash of poison,
and you have Judith Merkle Riley's mordant, compelling tale of an
ambitious young woman who disguises herself as an ancient prophetess
in order to gain entry into the dangerous, scheming glamour of the Sun
King's court. Based on scandalous true events, The Oracle Glass brims
with our human foibles, passions, and eccentricities; it's a classic of the
genre and unlike any historical novel you have ever read." —C. W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

 

About Judith Merkle Riley

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JUDITH MERKLE RILEY is a professor of political science and has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is also the bestselling author of A Vision of Light and In Pursuit of the Green Lion, the first two novels in the Margaret of Ashbury trilogy.
 
Published November 6, 2012 by Sourcebooks Landmark. 545 pages
Genres: History, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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on May 20 2010

Not quite as murkily scary as Anne Rice's grue-fests, but chilly, witty, and completely engrossing.

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