YA Historical Fantasy
Hazel Sinnett is alone and half convinced the events of the year before—the immortality, Beecham’s vial—were a figment of her imagination. She doesn’t even know if Jack is alive or dead. All she can really do now is treat patients and maintain Hawthornden Castle as it starts to decay around her.
When saving a life leads to her arrest, Hazel seems doomed to rot in prison until a message intervenes: Hazel has been specifically requested to be the personal physician of Princess Charlotte, the sickly granddaughter of King George III. Soon Hazel is dragged into the glamour and romance of a court where everyone has something to hide, especially the enigmatic, brilliant members of a social club known as the Companions to the Death.
As Hazel’s work entangles her more and more with the British court, she realizes that her own future as a surgeon isn’t the only thing at stake for her. Malicious forces are at work in the monarchy, and Hazel may be the only one capable of setting things right.
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(3.5 / 5) Continuing the mystery of where book one left off, Hazel is unsure if Jack is dead or alive. She continues her work as a self-taught doctor and has made quite the reputation. After helping a sickly woman, Hazel is arrested.
The story definitely took a turn where I didn’t expect. Not only did I not expect Hazel to be freely practicing medicine, I was surprised by the arrest and where that took her.
I like a book that can surprise me. When you think all is lost for Hazel, someone swoops in to save the day, sending her on life-changing journey working with the Royals. She becomes friends with — and learns her ailment and decides very dangerously how to fix it.
I once again really enjoyed the ending. It was part happily ever after and part mystery.
General content summary: little to no language, beheadings (multiple, few details, blood), injuries and medical care (multiple, some details), a woman takes multiple remedies to abort a baby and almost loses her life, alcohol, gunshot wound and injury, m/f kisses, injuries and surgery (some details, multiple), waking up in pile of corpses, shipwreck (drownings, injuries), f/f intimacy (topless and kissing, no details), m/f intimacy (few details), gunshot wound (blood), physical violence (stabs, knife), head from beheading.
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