I’m excited to be part of The Favourite Pages Book Club’s blog tour for Nemesis and the Swan by Lindsay K. Bandy.
About the Book
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: October 27th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Fiction, France
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From her prison cell in revolutionary Paris, nineteen-year-old aristocrat Hélène d’Aubign recalls the events that led her to choose between following in her parents’ unforgivable footsteps or abandoning the man she loves.
Despite her world of privilege, Hélène is inspired early on by the radical ideas of her progressive governess. Though her family tries to intervene, the seeds of revolution have already been planted in Hélène’s heart, as are the seeds of love from an unlikely friendship with a young jeweler’s apprentice. Hélène’s determination to find true love is as revolutionary as her attempt to unravel the truth behind a chilling set of eye-shaped brooches and the concealed murder that tore her family apart.
As violence erupts in Paris, Hélène is forced into hiding with her estranged family, where the tangled secrets of their past become entwined with her own. When she finally returns to the blood-stained streets of Paris, she finds everything-and everyone-very much changed. In a city where alliances shift overnight, no one knows who to trust.
Faced with looming war, the mystery of her family’s past, and the man she loves near death, Hélène will soon will find out if doing one wrong thing will make everything right, or if it will simply push her closer to the guillotine.
The cover for this book caught my eye and piqued my interest. Also, the title is so creative, and it’s great how it’s meaning is explained in the story.
The story starts with Helene in prison, and I love that the chapter numbers look like the slash marks she makes to count the days she is there. The flashbacks were done well, and the story was fast-paced, and hard to put down. I also enjoyed the way the author weaved in all the historical details, and how all the little pieces came together in the end.
I’d recommed this book to any fan of historical fiction, and fans of These Northern Lights by Jennifer Donnelly would also enjoy this one.
About the Author
Lindsay Bandy writes historical and contemporary young adult fiction as well as poetry. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with her husband, two daughters, and two cats, and currently serves as the co–regional advisor of the Eastern Pennsylvania region of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.