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Blood Rose Angel: A Medieval Black Plague Novel

(The Bone Angel #3)

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1348. A bone-sculpted angel and the woman who wears it––heretic, Devil’s servant, saint.


Midwife Héloïse has always known that her bastard status threatens her standing in the French village of Lucie-sur-Vionne. Yet her midwifery and healing skills have gained the people’s respect, and she has won the heart of the handsome Raoul Stonemason. The future looks hopeful. Until t
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Published November 14th 2015 by Liza Perrat
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Midwife Héloïse has been an outcast since she was a child. She is called a non-born. Her mother died while giving birth to her and her aunt Isa had to cut her out of the womb. The local children teased her about that, and as an adult have the taunting children grown up to taunting adults. But she has always been strong in herself, and she has a wonderful husband and a beautiful daughter. Life couldn't be better. But then her husband arrives home after being away for two years and this should be ...more
Frances
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s 1334 in Lucie-sur-Vionne market place, with children running about taunting a young girl Heloise for being a non-born; a babe cut from her dead mother’s womb. Her aunt Isa takes Heloise under her wing and trains her to be a midwife generating a passion and dedication to help others in poor health. In spite of a great deal of superstition among the townspeople, Heloise tries her best to assist those in need, even though her path chosen is a dangerous one. With each chapter the story grows st ...more
Kathy
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in the 1300’s (one of my fav settings) we once again are taken to Lucie-sur-Vionne in Liza Perrat’s third novel in the Bone Angel trilogy. There is no need to have read the other two books though, but it was nice to be in such a familiar setting again. Heloise is an amazing character in this book – a character you cannot help admire and love as she tries her best to help the people of her village when the plague comes to visit. The author has well researched each of books so well and has a s ...more
Melinda
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I could not tear myself away from this book. 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, I found it that enjoyable.

Perrat has a way with words, her style is fluid and flows easily, downright solid and mesmerizing.

I completely connected with Héloïse from the start. She is compelling, possessing strength and kindness while dealing with acceptance by few and disdain from
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Patricia Sands
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me begin by simply stating I did not want to stop reading Blood Rose Angel. The story of midwife Héloise and her true love, Raoul, in the 14thC French village of Lucie-sur-Vionne during the time of a deadly plague, will resonate with me for a very long time. 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 ri ...more
Chris Curran
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blood Rose Angel is the third in Liza Perrat’s series about a family from the French village of Lucie-sur-Vionne who pass a bone angel talisman down from mother to daughter. The novels focus on the women who owned the talisman at three tumultuous periods of history. We’ve seen it in the time of the French Revolution and of the 2nd World War, but Blood Rose Angel takes us even further back to the medieval world. If like me you’ve loved the earlier books you’ll have been eagerly awaiting this late ...more
Helen Hollick
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review:
'a powerful novel, well written, engrossing, and a superbly sensitive study of life, birth and terrible and devastating death in the 1300s. '
Helen Hollick
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Vanessa Couchman
Having read and enjoyed the first two in Liza Perrat’s historical trilogy, I was looking forward to number 3 – and I wasn’t disappointed. All three books are stand-alone but are linked by a bone talisman carved in the shape of an angel and by the destinies of three strong women from the same French village who make their way in a man’s world.

Blood Rose Angel is set in the 14th century at the time of the devastating plague pandemic that killed up to 50% of the population of Europe. Liza Perrat p
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
4.5 stars. "Blood Rose Angel" is the third book in the series that includes "Spirit of Lost Angels" and "Wolfsangel" by Liza Perrat. Although this book is part of a series, you don't have to have read the other books as the thing that links the books is a talisman. I would suggest reading the other books though because they are true treats for historical fiction fans. In this book, we meet Heloise, a midwife, that lives during the time of the Black Death.

This time period in France is one that I
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Alyssa
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a fantastic historical novel, filled with more detail than I could almost take in. The time period, when the Black Death was rife in Europe, made for a tense, even sometimes suspenseful backdrop for the story. At times I felt every horror-stricken moment, when Heloise had to choose between caring for her own family, and caring for those in her village struck down by the plague.

Most fascinating was the detail of midwifery, and of Heloise's skill. And of course the knife-edge of bein
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Cindy
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can’t remember exactly how I came to read my first Liza Perrat novel, but I am so glad that I found her books because she 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. As I get older I find that I am easily distracted when r ...more
Bernice Rocque
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love artful storytelling. From start to finish, I was immersed in Liza Perrat's latest novel in the Bone Angel series. Though BLOOD ROSE ANGEL is a work of fiction, many readers know a Plague, later called the "Black Death," killed half the population of Europe in the late Middle Ages.

BLOOD ROSE ANGEL melds all the constructs of a well built novel: a compelling story with the twists and turns of a thriller, the wide range of fascinating and archetypical characters, a few mysteries, the pl
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Claire Whatley
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having loved the first two books in Liza Perrat’s bone angel series, I’ve been very much looking forward to the third in the trilogy, Blood Rose Angel. I did wonder if it could possibly match the first two, but I’m thrilled to discover it’s every bit as good. For those who don’t know, the books follow the journey through history of a bone-sculpted talisman that is passed down from mother to daughter through generations of the same midwifing family, who live in the village of Lucie-sur-Vionne. Th ...more
Shree
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of France Book Tours

REVIEW:

Historical Fiction is always a pleasure to read if the writer has a way with words. The story when written properly would have the potential to transport the reader to the period in which it is set. Time travel otherwise isn’t technically possible. I experienced that absolute bliss of time travel with this book.

Midwife Heloise, born a bastard, heals and tends to childbirths in her small town. Taunted by her status as a bastard
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Tracy Terry
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of those books that once started was nigh on 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.

The third in the Bone Angel Trilogy. Whilst the books are connected by three generations of women proud to have been passed down an angel talisman they are quite different stories (though perhaps the f
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Mave
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It 's a historical medieval novel really engaging and interesting. I have been captured from the first page and I could not put it down. With well defined, complex characters, an engaging and well developed plot, this is a fantastic story to get lost in. There are twists and surprises that the reader is unsure what will happen when you turn to read the next page.
The life of Heloise begins in the worst way: she doesn't know who her father is and her mother died shortly after giving her birth. But
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C.P. Lesley
The year 1348 is not a good time to be a healer in Europe. Midwife Héloïse lives in a cottage outside Lucie-sur-Vionne, where she walks an awkward line between villagers who need her services and others who fear that she owes more to the black arts than their medical counterparts. When she threatens an invading bandit chieftain with the power of her angel talisman, her enemies are more than ever convinced that she dabbles in witchcraft. But Héloïse has sworn an oath on her dead mother's soul to ...more
Maryline M's Bookshelf
This review was first published at M's Bookshelf - http://mssbookshelf.blogspot.com

Unfortunately there's no such thing as time travel. Lucky for us history lovers, we do have authors like Liza Perrat.
Blood Rose Angel is the third installment in The Bone Angel series - however all three of them can be read as stand alone novels and/or in random order. As with all her novels, Liza really invests in getting her readers acquainted with the historical setting. She gives you an amazing insight in the
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Tricia
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Liza Perrat’s books are the next best thing to time travel! They are full of details that bring us to the depths of despair and raise us to the heights of elation.

Midwife Heloise stands apart from her fellow villagers. She lives on the edge of the brilliantly evoked Lucie-sur-Vionne and brings many of its children into the world. She is both a part of things and an observer, almost one of us with some startlingly modern ideas about medicine and religion, but also very much of her time. What a wo
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Naomi
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 Stars

I find that it is really rough for me to write this review. I have been a fan of this series and this author since the release of the first in the series. Ms. Perrat's standard high quality of writing is present in the book.

For the first time, I found myself unable to connect AT ALL with the main character or the storyline, evidenced by the year it took for me to read the book. I wasn't able to attach at all. A first for me in regards to this author.

Will I continue to seek out her wo
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JJ Marsh
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karen Maitland switched me onto how enthralling mediaeval fiction can be and I've not looked back since. Both Perrat's previous novels (set in times of upheaval in France) and her individual take on rural, female, peasant population is a spring wind in comparison to so many stories from the privileged classes.
In contrast to her previous novels, set during the Revolution and WWII respectively, this book is set during the Black Plague, a disease which spread across the country showing its first sy
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Clare Flynn
A very absorbing novel. A vibrant evocation of Medieval France during the Black Death.
Feisty midwife Heloise has a lot to put up with - as well as fighting the plague, a proud and impatient husband, jealous rivals, the resentment, ingratitude and hatred of other townspeople, she has to deal with accusations of heresy, witchery and more. Perrat doesn't hold back in recreating the stench and filth of a town in the clutches of pestilence. The insights into 14th century midwifery and herbalism were
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Terry Tyler
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Blood Rose Angel is set in the 14th century, in the village of Lucie-sur-Vionne, and centres round midwife and herbal practitioner, Heloise. Her husband, Raoul Stonemason, has been working in Florence on the cathedral for two years, but when the plague hits Italy, work halts and he knows he must flee. On the way home he accepts a lift from a merchant, who is to stay a while in Lucie. Alas, he brings with him the plague, and dies of it the next day. From then, it spreads rapidly. As a mi
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Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ehbooklover
Author Liza Perrat once again has written a vivid tale set within a notable historical setting as part of her Bone Angel series. This is the third book in her historical fiction trilogy but all three books are great as stand-alones (I had only read 'Wolfsangel' before this book) so readers can pick up any of the books without the fear that they're missing out on personal histories/story lines.

Blood Rose Angel centres around the 14th century pandemic plague that killed nearly fifty percent of Eur
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Gwenda
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Blood Rose Angel by Liza Perrat is the third of her wonderful Bone Angel series. This book is set in the same village of Lucie-sur-Vionne, near Lyon, France, as the other books, but this time it is 14th century France. Life is very tough for the villagers who are under control of the nobleman and brutal outlaws raid their village and kill many people. Worst of all, the plague decimates the villages' population. With all this tragedy occurring, Heloise, the midwife and healer, helps everyone she
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Bookmuseuk
One of those books that once started was nigh on 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.

The third in the Bone Angel Trilogy. Whilst the books are connected by three generations of women proud to have been passed down an angel talisman they are quite different stories (though perhaps the f
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Zoe Saadia
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read the previous two book in the Bone Angel Saga - completely independent reads, by the way - I had great expectations from this third installment. And wow, disappointed I wasn't!
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 t
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Jo Barton
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I like about this author’s writing style is the way in which she allows both characterisation and plot to have equal importance, with neither one attempting to outshine the other. The medieval setting comes gloriously alive, with all the sights,sounds and smells of the medieval world, and yes, also the petty indifferences, which are so reminiscent of this dangerous time. However, Blood Rose Angel is also inhabited by vibrant and memorable characters who take command of their story and as th ...more
Mirella
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't begin to describe how much I enjoyed reading this novel. It caught my attention from the very first page and held me in its grip until the fabulous ending.

A plague is raging through the French town of Lucie-sur-Vionne leaving death and destruction in its wake. Heloise, the illegitimate daughter of a midwife, is learning midwifery from her aunt Isa after her mother's death. She wears a leather thong upon which hangs an angel carved from bone. This talisman has been passed hand to hand fr
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Elysium
I haven’t read the previous books but this works well as a stand-alone. I don’t think I’ve read anything set during the Black Death from the common people’s point of view so this was a change for me.

You can see how much superstitions affects everyday life, especially when something bad happens. Makes people accuse everyone from Jews to lepers and cats. How important midwives were to women during the dangerous time of childbirth, and yet how easy it was to accuse them of witchcraft, curses and he
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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 twenty years. She works part-time as a French-English medical translator, and as a novelist.
Since completing a creative writing course ten years ago, several of her short stories
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Other books in the series

The Bone Angel (3 books)
  • Spirit of Lost Angels (The Bone Angel #1)
  • Wolfsangel