Belle Revolte

Review: Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller

Belle Révolte is a French-inspired fantasy that mixes magic, medical care and revolution in a really great way. I loved it.

Belle Revolte CoverEmilie des Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.

Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So when a strange noble girl offers Annette the chance of a lifetime, she accepts.

Emilie and Annette swap lives—Annette attends finishing school as a noble lady to be trained in the ways of divination, while Emilie enrolls to be a physician’s assistant, using her natural magical talent to save lives.

But when their nation instigates a frivolous war, Emilie and Annette must work together to help the rebellion end a war that is based on lies. (GoodreadsGoodreads

I received an ARC of Belle Révolte from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

It’s no secret that I loved Linsey Miller’s Mask of Shadows series, so I was very excited when Belle Révolte was announced, especially because of the ace rep. When I learned I would be getting a physical copy from the publisher, I was over the moon.

It does need trigger warnings for sibling deaths (on and off the page), on page but not gory executions (beheading), references to child neglect and abuse, discussions of drowning, violence, murder, gore, medical neglect, abuse, and violence.

Annette, one of our main characters, is an asexual biromantic woman. Y’all know I love some ace rep. Her romance was a great relief from all of the super high stakes stuff going on around them, and I loved the way the hidden identity changed things

Miller made it clear that the nation they live in a binary society, but there are still nonbinary people and trans people in it. None of them are ever misgendered and there is no trans-focused violence. There is one coming out scene from a trans man side character but it was handled really well.

I won’t say a lot about the plot, but I will say it was rather on-the-nose to be reading this at the same time as the American government assassinated Qasem Soleimani. I loved the way Miller dealt with medical ethics and revolution, and I hope more fantasy books deal with medical practice in the future.

Overall, I loved it. if you couldn’t tell. You might, too. Pick up a copy for yourself from Amazon, Indiebound or Book Depository through our affiliate links!

ABOUT BELLE RÉVOLTE

Title: Belle Révolte

Author: Linsey Miller

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Length: 384 Pages

Release Date: February 4, 2020

Rating: Highly Recommended

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Representation:  asexual biromantic female main character, lesbian side character, wlw side characters, trans man side character, nonbinary minor characters 

 

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