Libertys Fire

Libertys Fire[Epub] ➝ Libertys Fire Author Lydia Syson – 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 o Paris 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 uickly lured in by the ideals of the city's radical new government and she finds herself swept away by its promises of freedom hope euality 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 uite 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. Loved this Really emotional Liberty's Fire by Lydia Syson is another really fascinating exciting and emotional story by one of my favourite recent authors It's set in another historical time period that I knew nothing about and yet as I was reading this story I was swept away into the lives of these four main characters and I found myself hugely emotionally invested in their lives and this Paris of 1871 that was under such tumult Knowing nothing about the Commune of Paris I knew absolutely nothing about what would happen but the build up to that last 100 pages uickly grew as I was reading the story Everything is gearing up towards something massive and knowing very little about the actual historical events meant that I was both on the edge of my seat and also hugely surprised by the turn of events that occurred One of the major reasons that I love Lydia Syson's stories so much is because it really felt like this revolution in Paris was brought to life for me and it has been the same with her previous two books as well These characters their relationships to each other the way in which everything happens it all felt so real to me and I was definitely invested in each of the four characters' well being I felt like I understood them as people and while sometimes at the start of the story I felt shaky about the state of events politically in this story by the end I felt like I got it Liberty's Fire tells us the story of what happens between March and May 1871 in Paris during a time of political upheaval when a new socialist political party called the Commune came into power This story is told from four perspectives and through these perspectives the reader is able to see these events in a much broader way The first main character Zephyrine is a teenage girl who has been looking after her poorly grandmother who passes away just as the Commune is taking over Being all alone in Paris Zephyrine worries about how she will feed herself and pay off her grandmother's bills But she is soon swept away in the politics of this new party and becomes very passionate about the Commune's ideals of sharing the wealth and providing better social care and education for everyone There is also Anatole and Jules friends and roommates Anatole a violinist meets and falls in love with Zephryine and becomes just as uickly wrapped up in her as with her politics But Anatole's friends Jules a wealthy American photographer and Marie an opera singer worried about her brother don't share this same enthusiasm Zephyrine's experiences both with working with the Commune and also in her relationships with Jules and Anatole show off a great many things about what it was like for poor women in this time period There is a great deal about the treatment of women here and also about the conditions of poor people which is a deep contrast to the ways in which Jules lives I think Zephyrine's reaction to Jules' and Anatole's cat Minou is a great example of this Jules is very well off and is able to provide for Anatole and a pet during a time when the divide between working class and the wealthy is extremeI really loved each of these characters and throughout the story I really got a sense for who they are and for what is important to each of them I loved seeing the passion that each of these characters feels Zephryine for this new radical movement Jules for his photography and also Anatole Anatole and his passion for music and Zephryine Marie and her singing but also the welfare of her brother When things kick off it is very interesting to see where these characters end up and to see where their passions and ideals lead them I really loved this book It was shocking and fascinating and just hugely emotional I found every detail of this book to be really interesting the importance of the photographs the fear and uncertainty of women who have been raised to a higher political power the ending This book was such a rollercoaster ride of emotions for me and I highly recommend that you read it 's something so incredibly magical about reading a historical romance set in the midst of a civil war I was swept up by Zephyrine's story a girl who's family no longer wanted her and a grandmother who raised her to be a strong and independent young woman But after her grandmother passes the streets of Paris are unforgiving to a girl who lives below the poverty line Zephyrine is tough and determined not to mention opinionated She believes in women's rights and it isn't long before she's attending meetings with other like minded women who fight for freedom from oppression matched only by the furiosity of her best friend RoseAnatole is a young and passionate violinist former soldier and living with an budding American photographer in Jules Jules is wealthy and although Anatole is only one component of an orchestra he wants for nothing his friend paying for their loft style apartment and comfortable lifestyle Anatole too dreams for a Paris owned by the people where freedom reigns and citizens are treated with respect and euality The two young revolutionaries are drawn to one another their shy and tentative relationship blooming to the annoyance of friends Jules and Anatole's performing partner MarieLiberty's Fire takes place on the streets of Paris during the Paris Commune a revolutionary socialist government who took hold of the capital for a four month period and divided the country With a political charge it added to an already intense storyline as the two young lovers strive to protect one another while fighting for a freedom just beyond their grasp Told in several points of view each character is well developed with their own sense of self and each represent a section of the community during the era The freedom fighter the lover and protector the foreigner who cares little of that outside his own door and the songbird who fears for the safety of her brother The character that surprised me most was Marie Renowned opera singer who seemingly thrived off her own sense of self importance but took the lowly classed Zephyrine under her wing clothing feeding and supporting her while she grieved for her grandmotherLiberty's Fire can only be described as lovely Beautifully written it tells the story of two young lovers united by a sense of freedom and love for their country The streets of Paris are painted vividly bringing life to a city under siege from within Methodical passionate and hopeful I really enjoyed it and found myself emotionally invested in their plight The ending epilogue that takes place nine years later was stunning I found myself holding my breath needing a conclusion that would satisfy my aching heart And Lydia Syson did not disappoint Brilliant historical fiction I would expect nothing less from Lydia Syson This review also appears on my blog Genie In A Book Thank you to the Five Mile Press for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review This is the story of  a revolution and a city that rose to claim its rightsThe aftermath of the Franco Prussian war le This review was written for The Review DiariesYou can read the full review hereHuge thanks to Hot Key Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewEver since I moved to France I have been reading books set in France It’s such a wonderful step away from the usual UK and US YA fiction we see so much of and I’ve been loving seeing so much of the culture and history I’ve been thrust into The history is something that particularly fascinates me as my knowledge of French History is woefully inadeuate and I’m working hard to try and rectify it So over the last few weeks I have slipped into 1910 ‘The Confectioner’s Wife’ by Laura Madeleine and 1814 ‘A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin’ so I had a little idea of what might be happening in 1871 but it was incredible to step into ‘Liberty’s Fire’ and have Lydia Syson bring this fascinating period to roaring lifeSyson offers four distinct views into the events of the novel from four very different backgrounds Jules the American photographer who has no lack of money and has been able to survive the events with very little issue Anatole his friend a boy from the country recently moved to Paris who plays violin for the theatre Zephyrine whose Grandmother passes away at the start and is at the lowest rung of the ladder – destitute and desperate for the euality the commune can provide her with she throws herself into it without a backward glance taking Anatole with her And Marie an opera singer in the same company as Anatole Her brother is in the French army and she doesn’t understand or embrace the idea of the commune in fact she appears downright terrified of it for the most part Each of these characters with their entangled stories and relationships offer insights into every aspect of the revolution and the commune created in Paris You see it from both sides those for and against Those with money and a way to live and those with nothing who are desperate for some euality I loved seeing how each of them reacted to the events that unfold and how they each scramble to try and surviveThe events of this period are absolutely devastating and Syson has captured that feeling of jubilation followed by horror and devastation perfectly It is brutal and horrific at points painted with such vividness with Syson’s beautiful prose I felt as if I were living it myself shown these tangled threads of stories and following each character through their struggles It was heartbreaking but also uplifting and Syson perfectly combines her research and historical pin points so that you come away knowing about these three months – a period of history I was sadly ignorant of before But it isn’t just a history lesson she weaves a compelling tale of love and friendship and survival with a wonderful cast of charactersI only had two issues with the story The first being the pacing Whilst I loved all the details and the measured pace so that we really got to know the characters and their relationships with one another the pacing did become a little slow at points almost to the point where I wondered if there would actually be a climax It didn’t feel so much like a slow build to a pinnacle of tension where everything exploded it felt like a meandering build which worked in some places and frustrated me in others However when events finally come to a head it is action packed tense and utterly gripping and enthralling I could not put the book down until I had learned what had happened to each of the charactersMy second problem was with the relationship I wasn’t sold on the relationship between Anatole and Zephryine It was very sudden and I didn’t connect with it in the same way as I did with the relationship between Anatole and Jules As a result I became invested in their side moments than the majority of the scenes that occurred between Anatole and ZephryineHowever these were only minor uibbles in a truly extraordinary book Review by you've ever walked the back streets of Paris you'll know what I mean when I say about the sense of wonder and history that you feel It's such an amazing place to visit; a cultural metropolis and one that I absolutely love However after reading this book Paris 1871 setting this brought my timeless memories crashing down on me I was immediately transported back to the world and time when the Paris Commune was the radical municipal government elected to run the French capital March 1871 This is a forgotten period in history which is brought to life through the magical words and detail used by Lydia It's beautifully written and in my opinion both well researched and thought out You can really feel the passion the author has for this period the politics the euality and rights for women As you follow the four young characters along this compelling plot it will leave you breathing and living both the sadness and happiness at this time It depicts the seventy two days of madness when Paris burned for a week and thousands of Communards were slaughtered on the streets of the city This is such a powerful telling of historical events that occurred that I really felt I was living them through the eyes of the characters I felt both the romantic and naive side of the four main characters They washed over me like blossom petals falling down from a tree on a warm summer's day I felt every heartbeat through this winding tale of destiny tragedy violence and drama It really made me think about current day life and freedom This is a book that would be great to take on a trip to Paris as it will certainly open your eyes and connect you to this wonderful city This book is a historical gem It is a story that I would not normally read but I'm really glad that I did It would have been great to have incorporated some period photographs of the time perhaps especially from the perspective of the lens of Jules In my opinion this would have just been the icing on the cake to what is already an amazing story This book was tense moving and written deeply from the heart It is a great teenageadult read that I think people should be reading and talking about As you follow the characters you'll fall in love with the time the place and them Hope for a happy ending though as it may not come Be inspired and read it Review Taken From The Pewter WolfIt is Paris 1871 Life since the war has been tough for everyone Life should be getting settled now But it's not Rumours of another revolution are cycling But Zephyrine's life is beginning to spiral out of control But two things save her The City's new leadership and young violinist Anatole Anatole opens her eyes to a new world And she is swept away by her passionate beliefs and the two fall in loveBut their friends Jules Marie and Rose aren't convinced And the future is slowly turning dark for them all and Paris itself As a bloody week's approaching will all of them survive and at what cost?Ok am going to admit it here; I am not much of a historical reader I liked studying History when I was younger but I never took it up for GCSEs But with historical fiction I always seem to pick up books where I feel overwhelmed by the facts and this takes away the fun of the bookBut this book never felt like that It was balanced in a way that when Lydia put in a fact it felt important to the story I never felt that Lydia put facts in for the sake of putting it in and showing off all the research she doneThe story itself surprised me I got caught up with it very uickly and I found it gripping even though at times not much happened I got swept away with the characters and the situations they were all in unreuited love family dreaming of a better life Also the book took its time It slowly built up the character and the situation before it suddenly goes dark and you speeding through trying not to panic over how it will end and hoping that the characters you care about will be okOf course there was one or two things I didn't like The ending mainly I get why it had to be the way it was you can't rewrite history folks but there was something about the ending that bothers me I'm not sure why though Maybe it could have been a page or two longerBut I really enjoyed reading this It was gripping which was surprising as someone who doesn't read historical fiction often I do have another Lydia Syson book in my TBR pile A World Between Us and I am making plans to read that soon Another incredibly well researched and well written work of historical fiction from Lydia Syson Going into Liberty's Fire I had no knowledge of the Paris Commune but was immediately swept into the action and could very easily imagine myself in 1870s Paris Syson does a brilliant job of balancing excellent character development with presenting a historically accurate world all written in an engaging and at times uite lyrical style I loved the feminist thread running throughout the book and have since been inspired to find out about this particular chapter of history Brilliant stuffOn a slightly spoilery note I would have liked a realised conclusion however I do see why this wasn't done and it doesn't take away from what is an excellent book A beautiful story of life during the French Revolution What a beautiful tale and what a tragedy it isn't well known Lydia Syson deserves a lot attention for this young adult novel which manages to be both descriptive and entertaining and never trite Looking forward to reading of her novels in the future This book is one of many of the YA genre that just falls into the fine category It was an easy read interesting setting developed characters but it didn't really make me feel anything The back of this book describes the story as history passion coming of age courage but I don't really think that describes what this story is like Mainly it is a painfully soppy story of 2 people falling in love for the first time and getting in way over their heads In revolutionary France Honestly I wanted to know about the revolution than Anatole or Zephyrine Many of the characters were dislikable and I found myself wondering how forward thinking eg women's euality this French revolution really was It seemed a little modernised and idealised Just not uite the sweeping tale I'd hoped it would be but perfectly adeuate