The witch was born a wimp, so can’t exactly nod in recognition when reading Sovay, the new book by Celia Rees. This adventurous 17-year-old girl gets up to many things, starting as a highwayman and ending up in Paris soon after the French Revolution. It’s rather like The Red Necklace in reverse.
This is an exciting story, mixing some early feminism with a history lesson or two, and topping it with some romance. Though I do have something to say about Sovay’s love life. The girl can’t make her mind up, and I had time to marry her off to at least four likely males before the end of the book. The drawback to being brave and beautiful, I suppose, so nothing I’ll ever know anything about.
There appears to have been a lot of funny business going on in London in 1794, which I wasn’t aware of before. I’m not convinced that even young female highwaymen should know so much about brothels as Sovay does. And I know this is fiction, but there does seem to be more coincidences in this story than is plausible.
But still, a great adventure for fans of Celia Rees. Keep them coming!