Monday, 18 May 2015

Liberty's Fire by Lydia Syson

Synopsis (from Goodreads

Pages: 348 
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Released: 7th of May 2015

Paris, 1871. Four young people will rewrite their destinies. Paris is in revolt. After months of siege at the hands of the Prussians, a wind of change is blowing through the city, bringing with it murmurs of a new revolution. Alone and poverty-stricken, sixteen-year-old Zephyrine is quickly lured in by the ideals of the city's radical new government, and she finds herself swept away by its promises of freedom, hope, equality and rights for women. But she is about to fall in love for a second time, following a fateful encounter with a young violinist. Anatole's passion for his music is soon swiftly matched only by his passion for this fierce and magnificent girl. He comes to believe in Zephyrine's new politics - but his friends are not so sure. Opera-singer Marie and photographer Jules have desires of their own, and the harsh reality of life under the Commune is not quite as enticing for them as it seems to be for Anatole and Zephyrine. And when the violent reality of revolution comes crashing down at all their feet, can they face the danger together - or will they be forced to choose where their hearts really lie? 

What I Have To Say 

This book made me want to re-watch Les Mis so badly. It was a similar kind of story, not just because of the barricades but because of the love and rebellion and the fact that they believe so strong in their cause. 

The characters were so strong and different. I don't think there was a character I didn't like! The historical backdrop was really vividly written and it was very easy to get a feel for the camaraderie  and enthusiasm from the people of France at this time. This came especially from Zephyrine and her friends. 

I loved the fact that one of the characters was a photographer as well. It was really cool to get an insight into what the cameras were like at that time and how much of an effort went into every shot. 

This is a beautiful tale of French Rebellion. 

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