I was excited to read Dangerous Remedy, as it seems one of the only historical settings I like is 18th Century France. However, Dangerous Remedy did not take the direction that I expected.
Title: Dangerous Remedy
Author: Kat Dunn
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fantasy
(Taken from Goodreads)
Camille, a revolutionary’s daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des Mortes they cheat death, saving those about to meet a bloody end at the blade of Madame de Guillotine. But their latest rescue is not what she seems. The girl’s no aristocrat, but her dark and disturbing powers mean both the Royalist and the Revolutionaries want her. But who and what is she?
In these dangerous days, no one can be trusted, everyone is to be feared. As Camille learns the truth, she’s forced to choose between loyalty to those she loves and the future.
Dangerous Remedy starts in the direction that I expected with a jailbreak by the Battalion des Mortes; however, the story quickly takes a turn that I was not expecting. While it was not what I wanted, I enjoyed it none the less. However, rereading the synopsis, it appears that I had not fully understood the premise of the book to start with.
Dangerous Remedy follows the perspective of both Camille and Ada, as they discover more about the girl they have just broken out of prison and the tough decisions that they now have to make about what to do with her. They are both strong independent women, who have fought against the society that they once lived within and have come out much stronger. All the characters within Dangerous Remedy have tough backstories from before the revolution, which ultimately led them to join the Battalion des Mortes. While we do learn about aspects of their backstories, I would have loved to have learnt more about the others as all the information is centred around Camille and Ada. This is because I felt that they all had something to add to the story, which would have allowed the reader to become more aware of how they all joined together to become the group they are today and understand the bonds that they have to one another.
While I liked having the duel perspectives of Camille and Ada, I found it hard to distinguish between them as they both had very similar voices and were covering the same events. Which became confusing when there was no action taking place, as, in action scenes, they were usually split up, which made it explicitly clear who you were following.
The plot is a different concept to your traditional historical fantasy, as it focuses more on the historical elements than the fantasy. It was something that I enjoyed seeing; however, I did start to get bored towards the end as it felt that the plot was going nowhere with regards to the fantasy elements, which disappointed me. Luckily the last 30 pages managed to reel me back in again. But at specific points, I did start to get slightly annoyed with the plot as it felt like unnecessary elements were dropped in for the sake of it, such as a declaration of unrequited love which did not add anything to the story.
While the ending was satisfactory, it was not what I was expecting. As a relatively unknown party, came and changed the direction of the power struggle. Which has ultimately taken the novel away from being just about revolutionary France to becoming an international-based novel, but I am intrigued where it is going to go.
I am going to pick up the next instalment of Dangerous Remedy. Because while I am intrigued as to the direction the story is going to take.
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