The Music of the Spheres by Elizabeth Redfern, review

The 18th century was a period of time like no other. It was a time of social, political, and scientific upheaval with cold-blooded and cynical on one hand and touchingly optimistic on the other. The Music of the Spheres, the first novel of Elizabeth Redfern, combines the mystery and history’s elements to produce a masterpiece of period suspense fiction which was set against the French Revolution’s aftermath.

As the monarchy toppled in France, no crowned head in Europe could rest easy without an espionage agents network. And England was no exception, with its own spies and foreign agents’ rumors that infiltrated every walk to lay the groundwork for a French invasion.

The central character of The Music of the Spheres is Jonathan Absey, a Home Office agent, a spy-catcher who had well served his country in hunting down England’s enemies. His peace of mind and his inside track to promotion are destroyed by the murder of Ellie – his 15-year-old daughter, making her killer become his reason for living. He loses his tightrope balance between personal and professional duty as a series of murders of red-haired young women, that is so painfully reminiscent of his daughter, point not only to French spies but also to a sadistic killer in their midst. To solve the mystery of his daughter’s death, he must track down the murderer of the other girls, leading him to a French expatriates group and their British friends, amateur astronomers that hide their personal demons behind a scientific fascination with the solar system’s mysteries. His intuition tells Jonathan himself that this seemingly harmless group of stargazers conceals spies, traitors, and even a psychotic killer.

This historical suspense novel is alive with the sounds and sights of the day with the imagery and characterization bringing 18th century London to life.

Six Favorite Young Adult Books (part 2)

  1. Enchantée, Written by Gita Trelease

The Paris in Enchantée, the book with an evocative and gloriously rich setting, seems like a character in its own right. It tells the story of a girl having illusion-based magic abilities, disguising herself as an aristocrat to gain entrance to the most elite gambling circles of Versailles with the hope of making enough money to support herself and her sister. However, she falls for a brilliant young balloonist and it turns out that nobody is what they seem.

  1. If I Was Your Girl, Written by Meredith Russo 

The romantic book If I Was Your Girl follows a young girl trying to start a new life in a new town. The romances and friendships blossoming as well as  the family relationships strengthening in this book can make us move to tears  when we finally turned the last page. It is really the happy-ending romantic book that we’ve all been waiting for. This sweetie romance will break your heart and stitch you and your beloves back together again in the most wonderful way. I think that it will change so many lives.

  1. The Fever King, Written by Victorie Lee

Publisher’s Synopsis: “In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic which killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.”

Noam, the son of undocumented immigrants, has devoted his life to fight for the rights of the refugees who had fled the magical outbreaks, the refugees from Carolinia who routinely deport with vicious efficiency. To make change, Noam accepts the offer of the minister to teach him the science behind his magic and secretly plans to use it against the government. But after he meets the cruel, dangerous, and beautiful son of the minister, the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his heart and his purpose, Noam has to decide who he can trust and how far he is willing to pursuit the greater good.