Author: Liza Perrat
Publisher: Triskele Press
Publish Date: June 2, 2012
Source: I received a copy from the author; however, this did not affect my review.
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a Historical Fiction fan.
- You like great historical detail.
- You're looking for really good writing.
From Goodreads.com: "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."
My Two Cents:
Okay, have you ever started reading a book slower and slower as the ending gets closer just so you can put off getting to the ending quickly because the book is that good? This is exactly what happened to me with Spirit of Lost Angels. This book is a fantastic tale of history, a little mystery, and great characters that I know is going to stay with me long after I shut the book. There is also a small pinch of magic in a bone angel pendent that the main characters, Victoire, receives from her mother who is a healer in her own right. Oh, and this book is filled with fantastic writing. This book hit all of the marks for me! Oh, this book just was so fantastic (excuse me if I use fantastic a whole bunch in this review).
First off, Victoire is such a fantastic character. You will be rooting for her from the very beginning. Her life is anything but easy from the very beginning. She is incredibly resilient though. With every new plot twist (and there are tons and tons and I loved every single one), she gets knocked down but finds some way to fix things and make them better. I loved following Victoire through Revolutionary France.
The historical detail is fantastic (there I go again) in this book. You can tell that the author took a lot of care and time in making Victoire's world both in the French countryside and in the city of Paris come to life. I also really liked the appearance of a couple famous historical figures in the book. I don't want to give anything away but one was a famous American who I'd probably love to talk buildings and books with and the other is a very prolific female philosopher of sorts. They were nice inclusions. Part of the reason I wanted to savor this book so much was because of the scenery and the settings in this book.
This book is a really good example of how amazing indie books can be! Maybe you all realize that I do not give a lot of books five stars but this one is definitely deserving, you can be rest assured. Do yourself a favor and get this book!
I was pleased to learn that this book is the first in a series all about Victoire's descendents.
Bottom line: If you are looking for a book that will engage you from many different angles, this is your book!