- Series: The Bone Angel
- Paperback: 412 pages
- Publisher: Perrat Publishing (November 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 295416817X
- ISBN-13: 978-2954168173
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,537,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blood Rose Angel (The Bone Angel) (Volume 3) Paperback – November 2, 2015
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Blood Rose Angel, from the spellbinding The Bone Angel series, tells a story of continuing family traditions, friendships overcoming adversity, and how good and evil are too often bestowed on fellow humans in the name of faith--Zoe Saadia, author of 'The Rise of the Aztecs' and 'The Peacemaker' series. Medicine, religion, and love intertwine in this captivating, richly-detailed portrait of a young woman's search for identity as the Black Death makes its first inroads into Europe. Liza Perrat uses her training as a midwife and her experiences living in a French village to create a compelling and unforgettable heroine determined to heal the sick in a world still ruled by superstition--C. P. Lesley, author of The Golden Lynx and The Winged Horse The balance between the darkness and the light makes this book so wonderful ... an emotional reading experience. Sadness at the death of a child, joy of a birth and anger at the injustice towards women. I was deeply moved ... -- Magdalena (book blogger) I could not tear myself away ... Liza Perrat has now joined the ranks of my favorite authors. The first few pages hook you and never let up. I tore through this book so quickly I was sad when it ended. Yes ... that enjoyable -- Melinda (book blogger) For me Heloise represents those forgotten women, intelligent, brave and indomitable who have formed the heart and soul of every town and village throughout history. Wonderful -- Chris Curran, author of Mindsight. Liza Perrat paints an enthralling picture of the ignorance and superstition that allowed the plague to spread inexorably and unchecked. The author is particularly gifted at transporting you to the historical setting and everyday detail of people's lives -- Vanessa Couchman, author of The House at Zaronza. One of those books that once started was impossible to put down and yet at the same time one of those novels that you didn't want to pick up knowing that every page read was a page closer to having to say goodbye to some wonderful characters not to mention the end of an exceptional trilogy -- Tracy Terry (book blogger). Héloïse is a strong and inspiring main character; an amazing woman to guide you to a very dark chapter in history -- Maryline (book blogger). I loved Heloise's character ... a strong woman ... sure of her powers of healing. She oozes confidence through most of the book. I also liked how the author included a lot on the methods that Heloise would have used as a midwife during the time period -- Meg, A Bookish Affair. Liza Perrat has quickly become one of my favourite authors. In her new sweeping tale, Blood Rose Angel, emotions overwhelmed me right from the start and kept me on the edge of my seat with my heart in my throat right through to the last page, when I sat there stunned that it was all over. It was like leaving a best friend behind -- Cindy, (Book Blogger). ... the author's medical background, her artistic brush strokes in language, and the so deftly integrated literary devices elevate this novel to a very fine work of historical (and literary quality) fiction ... I was sad when the story ended --- will particularly miss Midwife Heloise. Though well suited to the story path, the climax and ending of BLOOD ROSE ANGEL did suggest a possible sequel.... We can hope! ... BLOOD ROSE ANGEL is a page-turner, but written with a nice balance of action and description -- Bernice L. Rocque, Author of Until the Robin Walks on Snow. With flawless and progressive characterization and each characters emoting to dot, the story was simply magnetic. I had to finish the book off! -- Shree, Book Blogger
About the Author
Liza grew up in Wollongong, Australia, where she worked as a general nurse and midwife for fifteen years. When she met her French husband on a Bangkok bus, she moved to France, where she has been living with her family for over twenty years. She works part-time as a French-English medical translator, and as a novelist. Since completing a creative writing course twelve years ago, several of her short stories have won awards, notably the Writers Bureau annual competition of 2004 and her stories have been published widely in anthologies and small press magazines. Her articles on French culture and tradition have been published in international magazines such as France Magazine, France Today and The Good Life France. Spirit of Lost Angels is the first in her French historical trilogy, The Bone Angel Series. The second – Wolfsangel – was published in October, 2013, and the third, Blood Rose Angel, was published in November, 2015. She is a founding member of the author collective, Triskele Books and reviews books for BookMuse. Links: Email Newsletter sign-up for FREE short story, Ill-fated Rose, that inspired The Bone Angel series: http://www.lizaperrat.moonfruit.com/sign-up Website: www.lizaperrat.com Blog: http://lizaperrat.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Liza-Perrat-232382930192297/ Twitter: @LizaPerrat Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/triskelebooks/
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Themes of family, friendship, love, politics and fear are explored in compelling fashion. At the same time, we have a fascinating opportunity to gain an understanding of some of the roots of modern medicine. As much as I was offered a rich and satisfying reading experience, I also learned a great deal.
When I write a review, I prefer to explain why I enjoyed a book, rather than recount the story.
Liza Perrat is truly an artist. She weaves magical threads through her stories combining historical and scientific fact with human emotions and behaviours. She paints vivid landscapes, villages and personalities with broad brush strokes and follows with such attention to detail that the reader clearly grasps the images and eagerly enters the narrative.
Each book in the Bone Angel trilogy, can be read as a stand-alone and each is equally mesmerizing, horrifying, and enthralling. Perrat is simply brilliant here at exposing life for what it was in the Middle Ages: harsh, challenging, and yet still filled with moments of joy and simple pleasure. Through her words, we see, smell, taste, and viscerally feel what is described on each page. The cast of characters she creates breathes life into a time we know from movies and history books. We live it in her stories.
As did Wolfsangel and The Spirit of Lost Angels, Blood Rose Angel gripped me from the beginning and held my attention to the last word. I have found all of these novels to be immensely satisfying reads. Historical fiction is my favourite genre and I have great respect for the tremendous amount of research that is required to produce the kind of high quality literature that Liza Perrat offers us.
I highly recommend the entire trilogy and eagerly await news of her next publication.
What a breathtaking ride this novel turned out to be. From the rural French village of Lucie-sur-Vionne to the plague-stricken Florence, from the lively village markets, dealings, politics and brigand's attacks to the terrible aspects of Black Plague, from the most fascinating details of midwifery and healing to the mystery of human emotions when the people are pushed to the brink by a horrible disease; well through all this we, the readers, are left with no time to breath or sleep. I literary couldn't put my Kindle down, I just HAD to know what would happen next.
Heloise was such a lovely, lively, human and feisty character, a woman who, being a bastard and therefore raised with no man in her life, a free spirit with a great will and determination, just wouldn't let neither people nor events, not even the Black Death, take her off her course, fighting for what is right, standing up to her principles of a healer and a midwife. I worried about her so much!
The other characters were as vivid, as three-dimensional - Raoul, Heloise's husband, Isa, her wonderful aunt, Morgan her sweet little greatly opinionated daughter, her fellow villagers, friends and enemies and all in between. Tragedy, betrayal, secrets and love, faith and accusations of witchery,and of course again, the angel talisman, all this and more are filling the pages of this breathtaking, touching human story. I couldn't get enough of this novel, I just couldn't. Historical fiction at it's best!