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This review is from: Illumination (Hardcover)
I very much enjoyed reading Illumination. The story is set during the little-known siege of Paris and follows the adventures of a displaced British family, the Pardys, as they find themselves imprisoned in the dying city. The characters are all well-drawn, especially the bumbling brother, Clem, who constantly tries to better himself with calamitous results.
Plampin brings the setting and period to life in great detail. I particularly liked the descriptions of hedonistic Montmartre, and the offset of the burgeoning Impressionist movement against the Prussian assault. There are enough layers to bring light and shade to the central plot, which revolves around the mysterious revolutionary Jean-Jacques Allix.
In all, a nice balance of story, character and historical reference. Highly recommended.