Title: Spirit of Lost Angels
Author: Liza Perrat
Publisher: Perrat Publishing
Publication Date: June 2012
Format: E-Book - PDF
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)
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.
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.