I should probably be a bit more careful when picking books, as I didn’t realise this was Young Adult when I bought it.
The central arc of the story is about the millennium and the fears / expectation of the second coming of Christ, even though official doctrine (from Augustine) said that it couldn’t be predicated.
Anyway, I didn’t hate it, but at the same time, I don’t want to read something like it anytime soon.
The novel has a pretty fun concept, basically the French Revolution but with magic. And that rights include the rights of commoners to wield their magic (parallel with voting rights see?) And we see the action from three points: Robespierre in France, Pitt and Wilberforce in London, and Toussaint (again through the eyes of Fina, who is a slave who escapes Jamaica).
Anyway, the story is about Noemí, a socialite who is interrupted in her life of socialising, to go visit her cousin. Catalina sent a strange letter to Noemí’s father, and he makes a deal with Noemí to allow her to pursue a master’s degree if he goes and finds out what is wrong.