‘Sedition’ by Katharine Grant is her first novel for adults, and she doesn’t hold back. We have a disturbing and dark book that is beautifully written, set in London, 1794. Five women of marriageable age are to learn how to play the piano and then must give a concert. Their fathers purchase a pianoforte for them to learn on, and hire a french tutor to teach them – after dismissing the disfigured yet talented daughter of the piano maker.
This book contains characters that aren’t exactly likeable yet you do wish to continue reading about. This is a novel about the struggles faced in society, between family and the responsibilities that come with it, and mainly about power fought between characters as they simply try to succeed.
This novel flows and has beautiful descriptions throughout the writing, especially when it comes to the music. London is also stunning within this novel, shown for both its beauty and its less attractive attributes.
Overall this novel is raw and illicit, and not for those who unable to read mentions of incest. This is a novel of wit and elegant use of language, and surely would benefit for a re-read in order to fully appreciate everything you missed the first time through.
This review was originally posted at SentientOnline on the 28th February 2014.