Published by Del Rey on June 6, 2023
Also by this author: Paris Daillencourt Is About to Crumble
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’m not usually a histrom reader but Alexis Hall using Puck from a Midsummer Night’s Dream convinced me to pick MORTAL FOLLIES up and give it a go. I’m SO GLAD that I did! Much love for this book! From Puck’s narration to the rep to that sexy slow burn.
About Mortal Follies
Puck narrates the events surrounding Mae, an earl’s granddaughter who discovers she’s been cursed but isn’t sure why or by whom. What she does know is that she’s intrigued by the Duke of Annadale, Lady Georgiana, a suspected murderess, and witch. Mae, with the help of her cousin, John, and her BFF Lizzie, a daft and delightful heiress, investigates who cursed her and how to break it before it’s fatal.
My thoughts about Mortal Follies
Alexis Hall has created a magical Regency England with witches, fairies, and old gods. There’s Black rep including talk of slavery and abolitionism. Characters talk about not using sugar from a plantation with slaves. Mae’s uncle and cousin are Black and face prejudice. While there’s queer rep and the main characters and their families accept queerness, there’s pushback from society about that as well. Which shows that you can have a historical novel with contemporary sensibilities.
So much dazzling banter here! Mae’s BFF Lizzie was an absolute delight with her love of all things fairy and her fabulous flights of fancy. Lots of giggling while reading.
The slow burn sexual tension between Mae and Georgiana was intense, down to the wordplay between them. The scissors! The ribbons! *fans self*
This one is such a fun read! For fans of Freya Marske.
Thank you Del Rey for the ARC.