|Illusion (1993) [Novel]|
by Paula Volsky
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Imagine the French Revolution, but in a world where the line between the classes fades because the magic of aristocrats has all but disappeared. We follow a young Eliste from her family's estate in the country (and her unusual relationship with an uncommonly bright serf, Dref) to her appointment at the palace in Shereen. Her initiation into that gilded world is a story unto itself, but then it all starts to fall apart around her as the revolution begins. The tale of sacrifice and struggle (and a touch of romance) is undiluted by the fantasy elements in the novel.
Original title: Illusion
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Historical