The Antidote by Shelley Sackier

Synopsis: Magic is not allowed, under any circumstances — even if it could save someone’s life. Instead, there are herbal remedies and traditional techniques that have been painstakingly recorded in lieu of using the mystical arts. Fee knows this, so she keeps her magic a secret.

Except her best friend, Xavi, is deathly ill. He’s also the crown prince. Saving him is important, not only for her, but for the entire kingdom.

Fee’s desperation to save her friend means she can barely contain the magic inside her. And after the tiniest of slips, Fee is thrust into a dark and secretive world that is as alluring as it is dangerous.

If she gives in, it could mean she can save Xavi. But it also means that those who wish to snuff out magic might just snuff her out in the process.

Review: I was very curious to discover this novel, first of all because of its cover but also because of its synopsis! It must be said that it is quite difficult to resist a novel such as this one!

Fee, Xaxi and Rye spent their childhood together while being the best friends in the world. Xavi is destined to become king and Rye is destined to marry Fee, who is training to become a healer. But now, their lives are turned upside down overnight when an epidemic ravages the population and kills their parents. Forced to hide for almost 10 years: Xavi and Fee end up together and Rye stays alone. They will wait for the perfect time to meet again. But many things can change in 10 years and Xavi seems sicker than ever. When plots arise and each party is accused, our heroes will have to find out who the real culprit is. Moreover, Fee will have to be very careful about her magic because this world does not tolerate it and even destroys it.

I had a good time with the story. It was finally quite different from what I expected when I read the synopsis. I enjoyed being a little wandered by the author about the identity of the culprit or even the reason for Rye’s disease and it’s true that like Fee, I made the same assumptions. These three characters are different and I liked to discover them. It was easy to understand their doubts.

A good discovery!

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