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Alice Payne Rides

(Alice Payne #2)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Alice Payne returns in the thrilling sequel to Kate Heartfield's Alice Payne Arrives.

After abducting Arthur of Brittany from his own time in 1203, thereby creating the mystery that partly prompted the visit in the first place, Alice and her team discover that they have inadvertently brought the smallpox virus back to 1780 with them.

Searching for a future vaccine, Prudence
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by (first published 2019)
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Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2019-shelf
Time-travel goodness!

The strengths of the first novella carry over well to the second, with the unforgettable Alice, the protected Jane, and the very interesting Prudence leading the fray.

Out of respect for this not quite being published yet, I'll keep spoilers at bay. Plenty happens *ahemArthurahem* that requires a lot of interesting reveals, but more importantly, the subject of vaccinations and plague takes a front-row seat in this one. Me likey. Add some interesting developments in the Time
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stars-4-0, r2019, scifi
Like many, I couldnt wait to read this sequel to the excellent Alice Payne Arrives.

Heartfield offers us another expertly orchestrated time travel narrative, jumping all over the place, but also grounding our diverse main characters. Alice and Jane are still my favourites, but Prudence and even Auden are developped in a satisfying fashion.

No cliffhanger, thankfully, and more adventures could easily be fitted in this frame :0)
Richard Derus
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindled, quiltbag
Back we go to the 22nd century, the Time Wars, and Prudence Zuniga's new base of operations with 18th-century pals Alice Payne, the lover of Jane, as well as the Holy Ghost...a mixed-race highway"man", and all-around badass; Fleance Hall, where she makes her home with Jane and her American Revolution veteran father and is dear friends with Constable Wray Aubry, her father's compadre during their time fighting the rebels in South Carolina.

Of course things on the Time War front are not easy: King
The wonderful Alice is back, and she, Jane, Prudence and Wray are bouncing around time. Prudence continues to be concerned about the time war and her sister Grace, and what her former organization could do to her. Meanwhile, Alice and Jane are growing more comfortable with both the idea and actuality of time travel.
The novella moves briskly, with multiple times visited, and Alice having a fine time putting her highwayman training and impulsiveness coupled with quick thinking into good use. The
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The story of Alice Payne, Jane Hodgson and Prudence Zuniga continues as they and their ally Captain Wray Auden continue to meddle in time but trying to stay away from the war between the Farmers and the Misguided. But the team lacks Prudence's training in the subtlety of time travel and the Farmers are far from done with the wayward Major.

If you enjoyed the first one in this incredibly imaginative series, then I recommend this as a logical and well-realized extension of that story.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Theres quite a motley crew Alice is building around her. I wish the story had been a bit fuller- more character development. But it sounds like we will hear more from this series. ...more
Sadie Slater
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alice Payne Rides is the second of two novellas by Kate Heartfield featuring Alice Payne, mixed-race eighteenth century English gentlewoman whose secret identity is the notorious highwaywoman the Holy Ghost, her lover, the inventor Jane Hodgson, and time-traveller Prudence Zuniga, born in the twenty-second century, once a soldier in a war spanning centuries of human history and now a deserter hiding out in Hampshire in 1789 but still trying (with the help of Alice, Jane and their neighbour Wray ...more
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received a copy of Alice Payne Rides from in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Alice Payne Rides is the second novella in the Alice Payne series. Its a time traveling series full of strong and brilliant women, and some admittedly curious situations that they managed to get themselves into.
If you had any doubt about its ability to follow up the first then put them to rest. Alice Payne Rides was everything I could have hoped for out of a sequel, and then some. It was just as
Rick Brose
Not as strong as the first in the series, but Alice Payne Rides still has plenty of worthwhile content. The time travel aspect gets more complex, and in that, it makes things feel a bit more gimmicky. But the lead characters are still likable, the world is still intriguing, and I would still read more if it comes out.
Harald Koch
This was both a lot more confusing, and a lot better time travel story, than the first installment. Also clearly a middle book...
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I love the paradoxes in inherent in time travel stories, and I'm increasingly enjoying the very unusual 'rules' in this series.
Realms & Robots
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alice Payne Rides returns us to a world of time travel, filled with daring missions and elaborate plots to keep the world running. This sequel to Alice Payne Arrives adds a new and welcome complexity to the many storylines Alice finds herself in. The race is on to prevent the erasure of a key character from the future, and to keep certain events from the 11th century on track. Its always fascinating to follow the path of a time traveler and now that we have a group of four, the journey is even ...more
3.75ish stars. This has a lot of the same elements that made the first installment strong. Of course we have the eponymous Alice, and we get to see more of Jane too, which is nice. I also appreciated Wray Auden's inclusion in their eccentric band of time travelers. I liked the more historical focus of the time travel narrative in this one; I think part of what bothered me about the first installment was the constant jumping between the past and the future. That kind of narrative can feel jarring ...more
Catherine Schaff-Stump
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Once again, Heartfield skillfully blends fantasy and science fiction together in a tale examining the ins and outs of time travel. Heartfield's historical research makes readers breathe the time period of her books. In Alice Payne Rides, we see the characters from Alice Payne Arrives grown and become more embroiled in their attempted corrections of history. Heartfield deftly moves from the 18th century to the 22nd with ease. The first novella in this series was just nominated for a Hugo, and the ...more
This book was fun, but it's so hard to follow a timeline that keeps winding in on itself so people end up in the same place multiple times, sometimes with other versions of their same selves! I did enjoy how we got to visit a variety of times in this book--medieval France, Revolutionary America--but I still want more stuff about the time war!

I'm looking forward to the third book in this series, which, based on the titles of the first two, will probably be called Alice Payne Abides.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novella
I was a bit meh on this, regrettably. The first one had quite a lot of promise but was frustratingly incomplete as a story. I was looking forward to getting the story completed here, but instead it's setting up more of an open-ended time-traveling hi-jinks series, and I'm not sure I've really got time for another one of those. The sort of story that depends on complicated plots to change time against opponents trying to do the same requires deft handling and I didn't feel I got that here. ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the characters after having read the first book, so I was still vested here. And the thought of how much you can tweak timelines without being able to truly know the ripple effects, and if you still remember things before you tweaked them, endlessly fascinates me. It looks like this is a duology, so while not a "KAPOW" finish, I'm satisfied.
I really enjoyed this series. The second book continues the lightning fast (with just as fast consequences) time travel. Great characters, great take on this sci-fi sub-genre and a great, fast paced story.
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I desperately wish that these books had any kind of character interaction that leads us to believe friendship. Aside from attending a party, Wray seems on much friendlier terms. I would have loves to explore that. Jane and Alice are the only ones who have been given spotlight to their relationship.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, novellas
This was another fun installment in the adventures of Alice Payne. It didn't feel like it had all of the depth that the first one did (despite this one being a longer story), but I love this cast of characters that Heartfield has developed and therefore it was still very worthwhile.
David Scrimshaw
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I usually avoid time travel stories, but these Alice Payne stories are good romps.
3.5 stars
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Another wonderful adventure with Alice Payne and her entourage of time travelling misfits.
Fun, quick time travel adventure!
Galen Strickland
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As good as the first entry in the series, even while it risked being as confusing as it was entertaining.
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I certainly hope that we get more Alice Payne adventures, I think the whole concept has so many more stories to give us!
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nicely done time travel story with lots of timey whimey daring do.
Katie Spina
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good time travel story and this is a great time travel story.

I'll gladly pick up a next installment of Alice's adventures if it happens
Hannah Bisley
This is an absolutely terrible book. Completely uninteresting characters and plot, badly written.
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
confused but delighted
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Kate Heartfield is the author of Armed in Her Fashion (ChiZine 2018) and the two Alice Payne novellas, published by Publishing.
Armed in Her Fashion won the Aurora Award for Best Novel and was shortlisted for the Crawford, Sunburst and Locus First Novel awards.
She was nominated for a 2018 Nebula Award in the novella category for Alice Payne Arrives, and in game writing for The Road to

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