Tuesday 26 November 2013

Book Review: Spirit of Lost Angels by Liza Perrat

Title: Spirit of Lost Angels
Author: Liza Perrat
Publisher: Perrat Publishing
Publication Date: June 2012
Pages: 378
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Historical
Source: Won in a Giveaway


Her mother executed for witchcraft, her father dead at the hand of a noble, Victoire Charpentier vows to rise above her poor peasant roots.

Forced to leave her village of Lucie-sur-Vionne for domestic work in Paris, Victoire suffers gruesome abuse under the ancien régime. Can she muster the bravery and skill to join the revolutionary force gripping France, and overthrow the corrupt, diabolical aristocracy?
Spirit of Lost Angels traces the journey of a bone angel talisman passed down through generations. The women of L’Auberge des Anges face tragedy and betrayal in a world where their gift can be their curse.

Amidst the tumult of revolutionary France, this is a story of courage, hope and love.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

I found Spirit of Lost Angels an interesting read, but came away with mixed feelings. I liked the development of Victoire's character and some of the secondary characters were also well crafted, but at times I found the plot a little unbelievably; certain circumstances just too amazing and coincidental.

As a big fan of anything to do with the French Revolution, I found the setting of the scene in pre-Revolutionary France interesting, but I was reserved about how much the peasants bandied around the word 'revolution' so long before it actually began - especially since, when it did begin, it was something more of a bourgeoisie affair, at least in the early moments.

Still, for a debut piece, the writing is assured and the prose very readable. For the most part, the dialogue also works well. In conclusion, while this is not a book I'd rush to reread, it would be of interest to historical fiction fans and I would certainly be keen to see how Perrat progresses as a writer.

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