Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Dark in the City of Light
Baron Ferdinand Harsanyi — After his wife's mysterious death, this Austrian attaché holds control over mines whose coveted ore could turn the tide of war.
Therese Harsanyi — Swept up in new romance and the spectacle of Paris, the Baron's daughter is blind to the dangers stalking her family and the city she loves.
Rudolph Harsanyi — Unsure whom to trust, the Baron's son's grief over his mother's death twists into growing anger and a desire to break free.
As France and Prussia plunge toward war, one family is caught in a web of deceit, political intrigue, and murder that threatens to tear them apart.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Dark In The City Of Light, go HERE.
With the facts fresh from studying the Franco Prussian war in our history time last year with the boys, this book literally leapt off the pages with imagery and fresh insight. Paris was right at my fingertips through his vivid descriptions. Sometimes they were beautiful and sometimes marred by war, but always an image in my mind.
I did not have a hard time developing interest in this book; however, committing to memory all the foreign names (which were entirely appropriate for the book) and separating all the characters took me a couple of chapters. Once I accomplished that feat, I was able to accomplish my true desire which was to dig into the true story line. I am not one to usually enjoy a book that centers around a war.
Mr. Robertson masterfully created a story which tied all of the characters together. How their lives affected each others. How their decisions affected each other.
Whether intentional or not, the symbolism that his book provides against the background of war provides great basis for discussion. This truly is a small world after all and we can decide whether we are going to be a light in the darkness or vice versa.
This book was provided free by Bethany Publishing in exchange for an honest review.