Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller
Emilie 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 terrible war, Emilie and Annette come together to help the rebellion unearth the truth before it’s too late.
This was an interesting and surprising read. I love the Biromantic Ace rep which is rare to find in a fantasy. There is also a Trans side character and a wlw romance.
The story focuses on our two main girls, Emilie and Annette who both want more from the life they have. An opportunity presents itself and they take a chance to switch identities to pursue their dreams.
This has French Revolution vibes with the separation of magic into to two sides, one being Daytime Arts and the other being Nighttime Arts. These have subsequently have been even more segregated by genders.
One wants to practice the Daytime Arts while the other just wants to desperately change their life around and practice magic.
This is a standalone fantasy which was breath of fresh air. My only problem though is with the pacing. Being that it is a standalone things move incredibly fast and trying to learn about the magic of this world alongside the history of the rebels and kingdom could and would become a bit confusing.
Other than that the characters were very dynamic and interesting especially side characters.
I recommend it.