The Peculiarities – David Liss

The Pecularities was a very good read, I particularly appreciated how the historical atmosphere was done, with a lot of actual references, real characters and facts mixed with magic.
The apparition of alternative humans, the reality of the consequences of breaking oaths, all the bizarreries of a world slowly but ineluctably changing made for a very attractive read. Guessing things was also quite enjoyable, especially when one was still surprise in the end.
Incidentally (I was curious and went googling) there actually was a real story about a woman who supposedly gave birth to rabbits – even if it wasn’t anything like live ones and if it’s rather easy to understand how the entourage was mistaken and thought she could have been gravid with rabbits (of course, she wasn’t !).
Another strong point was the strong underlining feminism, without any anachronic modernism.
And to finish, the cover is gorgeous and the reason why I first spotted the book!

(I thank Netgalley and Tachyon Publications for sending me the ARC in exchange for my honest review)

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