The Lightstep

The Lightstep

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There was once no greater advocate for revolution than Michel Wery. No voice spoke louder, was more impassioned, on the need for a new order, for an end to disparity and injustice - not just in France but throughout the continent. Strange, then, that such a man should find himself in the employ of the Prince Bishop of Erzberg, as scout and spymaster for a regime at absolute odds with his ideals. But time has taught Wery harsh lessons: the Terror, the endless wrangling, the petty motivations of France's new ruling class, and the atrocities carried out in freedom's name - all have left their mark. Revolution has spawned a monster, and Wery has vowed to thwart its march. And with Paris' scheming now focused on the Prince Bishoprics, her armies poised to strike, it seems fate has thrown Wery his chance. But just what is he prepared to sacrifice? Himself? surely. A city state? Perhaps. The life of the sister of his one true friend? The beautiful Maria Adelsheim who dances the Lightstep in mourning for a brother, and for a man whom might yet be saved... Set against a backdrop of political thrust and counter-thrust, of lavish balls and shadowy cults, and to the rhythm of incessant canon-fire, The Lightstep is an epic story of love and honour, and a stunningly realised account of one of the defining moments in modern European history.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 126 x 197 x 33mm | 350g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552774464
  • 9780552774468
  • 2,081,604

About John Dickinson

John Dickinson worked for the Ministry of Defence before taking a sabbatical to concentrate on writing. He's married with children and lives near Exeter.show more

Review quote

"A great work of theatre and a true historical epic...John Dickinson writes with a light touch and an eye for detail. He has the ability to paint every scene and draw every character with just a few deft strokes...This is a gem of a novel" * Historical Novels Review *show more

Back cover copy

It is 1797. The Old Powers of Europe tremble before the newly arisen Republic of France. In the small Prince-Bishopric of Erzberg a former rebel, Michael Wéry, has taken service as a spy to fight the Revolution that he feels has betrayed him. The young Maria von Adelsheim seeks Michael's help to find the truth about the death of her brother. But Michael has a price: Maria must go to the French-occupied Rhineland to retrieve a certain package from the hand of a stranger. The mission is one of great danger, and the prize is a message of doom. The Lightstep is a classic in the making - a tale of men and women living in the fog of war, where the decisions they take are fashioned from the chaos in which they are born. It is a profound meditation on the corruption of ideals and a stirring piece of historical storytelling.show more

Review Text

"A great work of theatre and a true historical epic...John Dickinson writes with a light touch and an eye for detail. He has the ability to paint every scene and draw every character with just a few deft strokes...This is a gem of a novel"show more

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14 ratings
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4 21% (3)
3 29% (4)
2 29% (4)
1 7% (1)
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