American Royals meets The Winner’s Curse in the first book of a dazzling duology from New York Times bestselling author Brittany Cavallaro about revolution, love, and friendship in a reimagined American monarchy.
The year is 1893, and war is brewing in the First American Kingdom. But Claire Emerson has a bigger problem. Claire’s father is a sought-after inventor, but he believes his genius is a gift granted to him by his daughter’s touch, so he keeps Claire under his control.
As their province prepares for war, Claire plans to escape, even as her best friend, Beatrix, tries to convince her to stay and help with the growing resistance movement that wants to see a woman on the throne.
When her father’s weapon fails to fire on the World’s Fair’s opening day, Claire is taken captive by Governor Remy Duchamp, St. Cloud’s young, untried ruler. Remy believes that Claire’s touch bestows graces he’s never had, and with political rivals planning his demise, Claire might be his only ally.
The last thing that Claire has ever wanted is to be someone else’s muse, but she finally has a choice: Will she quietly remake her world from the shadows—or bring it down in flames?
“With glittering gaslight and science laced with magic, Muse will keep you up all hours with its twisty plot and feisty heroine. Friendship, romance, and mystery abound!” -Susan Dennard, New York Times bestselling author
“A sizzling take on alternative history with a smart heroine, snappy prose, and electric storytelling. Muse is a creative delight!” –New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Garber
“Uncooperative, riotous women reclaim history in Brittany Cavallaro’s complex reimagining of the 1893 World’s Fair, set in an alternate American monarchy on the brink of war. An electric reclamation of America’s past, and a warning for the future if we continue to underestimate the strength of young women and their power to control their own narratives, and the world.” –New York Times bestselling author Mackenzi Lee
“Brittany Cavallaro gives us another heroine to root for in this sparkling exploration of America as a monarchy, set against the rich backdrop of a world fair. Muse is an immersive tale of a girl navigating political machinations to discover the truth about the kingdom, and herself.” -Stacey Lee, award-winning author of The Downstairs Girl