Where the Light Falls by Allison Pataki

Where the Light Falls

A rich and sweeping novel of courage, duty, sacrifice, and love set during the French Revolution from New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki and her brother Owen PatakiThree years after the storming of the Bastille, the streets of Paris are roiling with revolution. The citizens of France are enlivened by the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity. The monarchy of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette has been dismantled--with the help of ...

Details Where the Light Falls

TitleWhere the Light Falls
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherDial Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, France, European History, French Revolution

Reviews Where the Light Falls

  • Angela M
    I don't know very much about the French Revolution or really very much about this time in French history at all. While I was interested in the historical aspects of this book, my choice to read it was mostly based on the descriptions of the characters in the book blurb which appealed to me, as well as the desire to just read something different. It was through some fascinating characters, some fictional, some real people and some based on real pe...
  • Fran
    1792, Paris. Three years after the beginning of The French Revolution, more than half the population of Paris was still starving. Hunger, anger, and hatred created bloodlust on execution day at La Place de la Revolution. Based upon The Law of Suspects, "a mere rumor of a man's royalist leanings...was substantial enough to send him on a tumbril ride to the guillotine." The crowd cheered as heads rolled. Anyone could be seized, jailed and subsequen...
  • Liz
    Winter, 1792. What an amazing beginning! This book starts off with a bang. Or should I say a swoosh? From there, we go back in time a few months as Jean Luc St. Clair works for the new government cataloging the properties and goods that formerly belonged to the nobility. He is caught up in the new order and the formation of the new government. His chapters alternate with Andre Valiere’s story, a captain in the Revolutionary Army. This was a par...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Thanks to Goodreads, the authors, and the publisher for the early copy of Where the Light Falls. If you remember anything about the French Revolution from history class, you remember The Terror; and that is vividly depicted in this book. There was clearly a great deal of research to write this novel, and I love that the authors are siblings. I have read and enjoyed The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki and have been looking forward to WTLF. Th...
  • Marialyce
    If anyone tries to tell you that our American Revolution was just like the one carried on in France, all you need to do is to point them in the direction of this novel to disabuse them of that concept. The French Revolution was a bloody horrible time in which men women, and children were wantonly marched to the guillotine because of either having royal blood or being suspected of possibly having said something that might be interpreted as being i...
  • Rita
    I'm giving the last of my 4 giveaways a 2.5 stars rating because I had a hard time forcing myself to read it. I felt like there was something wrong with me because I did not like this book. I love historical fiction. I had taken a history class in college called The French Revolution and Napoleon and really enjoyed it. Most people were giving this book 4 stars. But then I read the negative reviews and this seems to be a book you either love it or...
  • Erin
    Thanks to NETGALLEY for an uncorrected proof in exchange for an honest review. Superb! Fantastic! The historical fiction of the summer that will sweep readers back to revolutionary France. This book was AMAZING and really made me feel as if I was present during the Reign of Terror. I loved the characters, the writing, the atmosphere, the collaboration between Allison and Owen etc. Hands down one of my favorite books about the time period.
  • Cindy Burnett
    Where the Light Falls appealed to me because I have not read much about the French Revolution. Allison Pataki and her brother Owen tackle the subject matter with finesse and detail providing me with the opportunity to feel as if I was there experiencing the trials and tribulations of the revolution and its aftermath. I found the book to be a nice change of pace from WW I and WW II historical fiction and enjoyed the author’s note at the end expl...
  • The Just-About-Average Ms M
    As promised, the Detailed Review:All righty then… after several better than average reads and a couple of excellent reads, it is time for me to return to the cellar where the truly abysmal books are shelved, in the dark, out of sight, and with any luck and fairness, out of anyone’s recollection. Some of them, I admit, should never have been published.So buckle up, folks, you know where this is going.By way of a general introduction, I am comp...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Many thanks to Allison Pataki, Owen Pataki, Random House, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.This is the trailer park version of A Tale of Two Cities and Les Mis . Set during the French Revolution it involves the values of fraternity and equality, but there was little in the plot that affected my emotions. Lawyers battle to outwit each other, soldiers strive to survive. Will love conquer all? For those...
  • Staci
    What I treasure most about historical fiction is when a novel is educational. Where the Light Falls delivers on this front in a large way. Through the pages of Where the Light Falls and two separate story lines, I visited Paris during the French Revolution. The novel spans from 1792 to 1798. I was drawn in during the initial pages as the story begins with a man headed to the guillotine. After that scene though my interest waned until around page ...
  • Angie
    Great historical fiction about the French Revolution! This was such a readable book. From the very first chapter I was pulled into the drama, the hate, and the desperation that was France at that time. The characters, both historical and fictional, were well-drawn, interesting, and easy to connect to. I have read several books on the same subject/time period and was worried that might affect my reading experience, but my fears were in vain. The w...
  • Jocelyn Green
    The amount of research the authors must have done for this novel is staggering. I think they did a very admirable job weaving the history and fictional characters and plotlines together. I especially appreciated that they showed both the positive ideals of the French Revolution as well as the chaos and butchery that came from it. In the author's note, they state that they hoped the novel could educate as well as entertain, and I'd say those aims ...
  • Susan Peterson
    Where the Light Falls is compelling historical fiction; a sweeping saga which takes place during the French Revolution, from the battlefields to the courts of law to the modest homes of its citizens and even to the horrors of La Place de Revolution where the guillotine performed its ugly deeds. This story is centered around four protagonists; a young idealist lawyer and his wife, and a former nobleman turned soldier and the woman he loves. These ...
  • Jen
    The era of the French Revolution is not my normal choice for historical fiction, so this book definitely took me by surprise! Thank you to Andrea over at Great Thoughts, Great Readers and NetGalley for the pleasure of getting to read this advanced copy. The groundwork and research that went into this novel is fascinating and I absolutely loved reading something I haven't really read more of in the past. The characters are well written and the sto...
  • Kristen McDermott
    This review appears in Historical Novels Review 81 (August 2017):Two idealistic young men’s fates entwine during the trial of General Christophe de Kellermann, a hero of the French Revolution. Jean-Luc St. Clair is the idealistic young lawyer tasked with Kellermann’s defense, and André de Valiere is the son of a guillotined nobleman who hopes to redeem himself with a distinguished military career; they are the focal characters in this earnes...
  • Jean Kolinofsky
    I would like to thank NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a review. Set in Paris in the years after the revolution, Allison and Owen Pataki have written a story that reflects the chaos and terror of the time. Opening with the last days of aristocrat Alexandre de Valiere, they take you from his prison cell to La Place de la Revolution where the guillotine awaits. Andre Valiere, son of the doomed aristocrat, has renounced hi...
  • Barbara
    I have to admit that my knowledge of French Revolution history is minimal. I tend to focus on WWI and WWII, but this story of the French Revolution was so engaging that I plan to go back and learn a bit more. The story takes place after the storming of the Bastille, many titled people have already gone to the guillotine and the new republic is trying to take hold. The story is really 2 stories ones, that of Andre, Army captain whose father was gu...
  • Julie
    4.5/5 I don't read a lot of books on the French Revolution but Les Miserables is one of my favorite musicals. So I wasn't sure what to expect picking this one up but I was pulled in immediately to the stories of Jean-Luc, Andre and Sophie. How they intertwined their stories was wonderful.What hell the Revolution must have been. It shows that those calling for one don't always really have the best interest of the people at the heart. I highly reco...
  • Amanda
    I was sadly disappointed with the book overall. It was slow, the characters were flat and the final "showdowns" were so over the top stupid they were rather unfulfilling after 380 pages. The book follows two characters during the French Revolution. One is an overly just and good lawyer in a sea of corrupt and evil ones. The other is an overly just and good solider in a sea of incompetent and/or evil generals. Both are desperate to keep their head...
  • Brian
    I received (actually my wife did) this book through a Give-away on Good reads in exchange for an honest review.I originally rated this book a 4, but after a couple of weeks of thinking about this review, I upped it to a 5. I really enjoy Allison Pataki's writing style. For me it is very easy to read, and flows along smoothly. I enjoy the details of description, but they never become overbearing. That being said, I noticed a difference in the ebb ...
  • J.S. Dunn
    2.5Same issues as with The Accidental Empress : shallow characterizations, neither daily life's details nor the large, critical events are filled in to ensconce the reader and enable understanding. The history here, other than a series of 'scenes' like shuffled cards, is incidental wallpaper and mere backdrop to the soap opera. This is historical fiction ultra-lite.
  • Eve
    To think I was so excited to read this book... The premise is great--the French Revolution--but the story telling is lacking. I just couldn't bring myself to care about the characters, who were two-dimensional. The good guys are good and the bad guys are bad. I struggled to finish reading the book, skimming towards the end.
  • nikkia neil
    Thanks Random House Publishing Group - Random House and netgalley for this ARC.The Pataki's have succeeded in writing a fresh, unique, and stimulating novel about the revolution. I loved the personal stories all converging into a explosive finale.
  • Theresa
    In compliance with FTC guidelines -- I received this book from Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. The content of this review is not influenced by that fact. The feelings expressed are solely mine.More accurate rating is 4.5 starsFantastic historical novel! It did what I thought up until a few weeks ago was impossible -- made the French Revolution engaging and exciting! Ok , I suppose I should clarify my comment. I love historic...
  • Annette
    This book brings interesting historical facts skillfully woven into the story with vivid imagination of the chaotic French Revolution. However, the most interesting parts are short, leaving to wish more for such scenes. For example, a lawyer representing poor widow expelled from her property. This reveals not only a dramatic situation of the common people of that period, but also an ancient law of the Landlord Right. Instead the book is filled wi...
  • Michelegg
    As always, with very well written and researched historical fiction, I learn so much and in this particular book I learned things about a time period I hadn't read much about before and I loved every moment of it. This was such an entertaining, gut wrenching and emotional read. It was meticulous in its detail and yet ultimately for me, this was about the characters and my connection with them. I came to care about them deeply and I read furiously...
  • Annie
    Allison and Owen Pataki’s Where the Light Falls is the story of two parallel lives during the tumultuous years of the French Reign of Terror and the wars immediately after. André is the son of a marquis who struggles to escape the taint of being an aristocrat. Jean-Luc is an idealistic young lawyer who moved to Paris to be a part of the new government. Both of these naïve young men quickly learn that the truth is not enough to save them when ...