Nemesis and the Swan by Lindsay Bandy
From her prison cell in revolutionary Paris, nineteen-year-old aristocrat Hélène d’Aubign recalls the events that led her to choose between following in her parents’ unforgivable footsteps or abandoning the man she loves.
Despite her world of privilege, Hélène is inspired early on by the radical ideas of her progressive governess. Though her family tries to intervene, the seeds of revolution have already been planted in Hélène’s heart, as are the seeds of love from an unlikely friendship with a young jeweler’s apprentice. Hélène’s determination to find true love is as revolutionary as her attempt to unravel the truth behind a concealed murder that tore her family apart.
As violence erupts in Paris, Hélène is forced into hiding with her estranged family, where the tangled secrets of their past become entwined with her own. When she finally returns to the blood-stained streets of Paris, she finds everything—and everyone—very much changed. In a city where alliances shift overnight, no one knows whom to trust.
Faced with looming war, the mystery of her family’s past, and the man she loves near death, Hélène will soon find out if doing one wrong thing will make everything right, or if it will simply push her closer to the guillotine.
“Lindsay Bandy’s Nemesis and the Swan is a brilliantly written coming-of-age story set in Paris during the French Revolution. Readers will enter the world of the aristocratic Hélène d’Aubign, just as it crumbles into one where no one can be trusted, and love is a dangerous choice.” —Tracey Enerson Wood, author of The Engineer’s Wife
“An intriguing tale, full of lush historical detail and with an unforgettable heroine.” —Tracy Barrett, award-winning author of Anna of Byzantium and Freefall Summer
“A lush tale of hope and heartbreak, Nemesis and the Swan spins a delicate web that readers will never want to escape.” —Sharon Cameron, New York Times bestselling author of The Forgetting
“This stunning debut novel held me in its thrall from the first page until the last. This felt like reading Les Misérables crossed with The Bronze Horseman. What an amazing gem. I rooted for Héléne and Theo and felt their connection every second, even while the more pressing matters of war and fear of imprisonment closed in.” —Natasha Boyd, author of The Indigo Girl
“An expertly crafted, paced, and detailed coming-of-age novel that fans of the French Revolution will easily lose themselves in.” —Jenni L. Walsh, author of Becoming Bonnie
Lindsay K. Bandy writes historical and contemporary young adult fiction as well as poetry. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with her husband, two daughters, and two cats, and currently serves as the co–regional advisor of the Eastern Pennsylvania region of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Sarah Naughton is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and New York City–based actress, singer, comedienne, and voice-over artist. She began her work in the audiobook industry in high school, recording a few young adult titles with the Syracuse-based company Full Cast Audio.