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(Alpennia #4)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  31 reviews
The streets are a perilous place for a young laundry maid dismissed without a character for indecent acts. Roz knew the end of the path for a country girl alone in the city of Rotenek. A desperate escape in the night brings her to the doorstep of Dominique the dressmaker and the hope of a second chance beyond what she could have imagined. Roz’s apprenticeship with the need ...more
Published November 15th 2019 by Bella Books
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Lex Kent
4.25 Stars. This was a real quality read. This is the fourth book in Jones’ Alpennia series. I had read the first book and liked it a lot, but due to time constraints I had never read book two or three. As most of you know I’m really anal about reading books in order so for me to skip around like this is not normal. Plus, this series is pretty hardcore historical fantasy. This is not light fantasy, there are many names, places and new words to learn not to mention a religion that is part magical ...more
K.J. Charles
Nov 08, 2019 added it
Shelves: fantasy, f-f
A fascinating look into the world of Alpennia (a sort of alt-mittelEurope with magic) from the perspective of a servant. And it really is that perspective, with a *lot* of washing and mending and very little free time. It's fascinating both in the detail and in seeing the events of the first books from such a different point of view--trivial things become important and vice versa.

Roz starts off in a very bad place--thrown out on the streets because she's caught with another female servant--and
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the things that I love best about this story and any story really is when an author drops you right into the action. Within the first pages, Roz, the narrator, is thrown out into the street after some naughty shenanigans at her first job and so begins her adventures in the magically infused city of Rotenek.

Roz’s family had sent her to the big city to make money to help out at home which she does by working as a laundry woman in one of the wealthy homes. It’s a solid beginning for a 16 yea
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Floodtide by Heather Rose Jones is the fourth book in the Alpennia series. As with the other three books in the series, Floodtide is set in Ms. Rose’s historical and magical world of Alpennia.

In this tale we meet Roz who has just been fired as the laundry maid without a character reference to help her find a new job. She is now totally alone in the city of Rotenek with nothing to her name but the clothes on her back, and no place to go. This is very dangerous for Roz. A young homeless w
Kitty McIntosh

‘Floodtide’ by Heather Rose Jones is a historical fiction story, set in a land where magic and mystery has its place. Told from the point of view of a teenage servant girl, it lets the reader see all echelons of society, and how they deal with an impending flood - and the serious health and societal implications it brings. Roz was dismissed from her previous job as a laundry maid after being reported for indulging in indecent acts with another young woman. What looks like the worst thing that co
Colleen Corgel
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very good historical fantasy that fans of the series will enjoy, and is more accessible for new readers. I say this because while there's not a lot of explanation about the magic system, it is due to the fact that the lead character, Roz, isn't as involved with the magic that the characters from the main series are. She knows about charms and mysteries (spells), and how the religion plays into the strength of the magic in the world, but she doesn't have the aptitude for it. Instead, s ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've always been a huge fan of historical novels but this author allowed me to have my cake and eat it as well because she's skillfully blended two of my favorite genres—historical and fantasy! I've managed to fall deeply in love with the Regency era through this author's lyrical and compelling style of writing. I firmly believe that this story is my favorite one out of the entire Alpennia series because I got to experience the lives of the haves and have-nots in Rotenek's society through Roz, C ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Floodtide is the fourth book set in the Alpennia universe, but unlike the previous books, this one is entirely stand-alone. Myself, I haven’t read the first three books, but when I saw that this one could be read alone I thought it was the perfect place to dive in.

I will say, that the beginning of the book took a little bit of work on my part to fully understand. It’s not that you need to have read the previous books, it’s more that Jones has an incredibly complex world — there are lots of inve
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
A very strong beginning and quite a strong ending were let down, for me, by a weak middle, and a viewpoint character who was neither the most interesting person nor the person with the most at stake. These craft missteps brought a well-edited and generally appealing book down to three stars.

I always say that if you give me a motivated character in a dynamic situation, you'll have my attention for as long as you want it. At the beginning of the book, it looked like that was what I was going to g
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Floodtide takes place in Heather Rose Jones' Alpennia universe, an early 19th century alt-Europe. It's one of my favorite series and it focuses on women exploring miracles, mysteries, and alchemy, as well as their romances with other women. I can recommend the entire series, and this book, without any reservations!
Floodtide switches the perspective quite a bit, focusing on a young maid who does not have the privilege or connections previous main characters have had or ended up with. She has to f
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The worldbuilding in Floodtide is also excellent, bringing magic to early nineteenth-century Europe in a way that feels authentic. Titles and names have been created that are uniquely Alpennian, and the author has provided a helpful pronunciation guide at the beginning of the book for those who are interested in such things. Jones’s writing style is also so gorgeous, yet precise, that it’s impossible not to be spellbound by it.

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Diana Green
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, lgbtqa
I didn't like this as much as Daughter of Mystery, (the first book), but I thought is was still a worthy fourth installment for the series. As always, Heather Rose Jones' world building is detailed and immersive, with believable characters, and masterful writing. I appreciated the different angle she took in Floodtide, focusing on the servants and common people, rather than the elite. The class dynamic became particularly relevant when fever struck the poorer section of the city, and I thought t ...more
K.J .
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This novel made me want to grab a sketchpad and create one of those beautiful maps you find in antique shops or Tolkien books.
There are many strengths in this novel, but space permits me to detail only a couple of them. Here’s one: the world-building. It’s so good. Jones centres the city of Rotenek in Alpennia in the 1800s. It is basically Europe. It works because she’s tweaked reality just enough so that we nod at the parts we recognise and revel in the parts pulled from imagination. Another s
Eva Müller
On the one hand I think that the first-person POV is a really good choice for this series since it means we (and the author) are staying with a single character. I found, especially Mother of Souls was really clogged down by too many POV characters and the constant hopping between them and their plotlines. Now we stay with Roz who (after some initial doubts) grew on me and I enjoyed following her journey.

On the other hand...I still had the same issue I had with Mother of Souls, namely that it do
Aleana Harris
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review.

This was a good read set in world where magic and mystery has its place.

It took me a minute to get into because there was a lot of characters from previous books that haven't read and even though this book is told from the pov of a teenage servant girl name Roz.

Roz was dismissed from her job as a laundry maid because she was to believe to have indecent acts with another young woman.

When she h
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Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Set in an imagined 19th century French kingdom of Alpennia, this is a thoroughly engrossing read. A little bit of Downton Abbey with a whole lot more magic and a whole lot more lesbian couples, the world it creates completely captures the reader.

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Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical-wlw
heather rose jones is DOING IT – working class lesbians, women intellectuals in middle europe, fully fleshed out jewish and black characters on top of what's already a spectacular bit of just-realistic-enough fantasy worldbuilding... in contrast to the previous alpennia books, which focus largely on romances between older women, floodtide is told first person from the pov of a teenage girl named roz who works in the saveze household with her own little crew of younger friends – particularly cele ...more
Darlene Vendegna
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is an excellent continuation of the wonderful Alpennia series, but is also a great stand alone story in its own right. It’s the same fascinating country with the same type of engaging and well drawn characters. What’s different this time around is that the story is told with a first person viewpoint. That person, Roz, is a young lesbian, who wears her heart on her sleeve, and frequently gets herself in trouble because of it. Because of Roz’s lower station in the city, the reader is int ...more
Beth Bernobich
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading a draft of Floodtide, and I love how Jones is adding layers and complexity to the world of Alpennia. Highly recommended!
Well this was a hot mess-- or rather, a cold mess. As in the previous book in the Alpennia series, the author tries to center the point of view of someone from the margins (in Mother of Souls an Ethiopian-Italian woman; here: a laundry maid dismissed without a reference when she is caught kissing another girl). But HRJ can't quite manage to give us a fully-realized person; rather, she just has the character reflect out the historical social constraints that the author has so carefully and ostent ...more
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Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Floodtide, by the author Heather Rose Jones is a “alternate-Regency-era Ruritanian adventure” coined by the author, is the fourth book in t
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this book as part of a bundle offered by It is the fourth book in the Alpennia series, and I wondered if I would have difficulty making sense out of it since I have not yet read the previous titles in the series. I needn't have worried.

This book is part historical novel and part fantasy, with just the right amount of magic in the mix. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Heather Rose Jones has crafted a wonderful tale of love, loss and triumph over disaster. Despite its name, Al
Ry Herman
In Floodtide, Heather Rose Jones has successfully pulled off one of the most difficult feats in literature -- telling the same story as a previous book from a different character's point of view. While this has been attempted many times, it usually falls into any of a number of pitfalls: repetitiveness, a dearth of originality, a story with a plot contorted around the events of the previous one, or the simple lack of any reason for the story to exist. Floodtide avoids all of these problems, and ...more
Karen Williams
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've read the three previous novels set in Jones' Alpennia universe, and I found this one just as fascinating, just as dramatic, and just as charming as all the others (though you don't need to have read any of the others to thoroughly enjoy this one).

This is the story of Roz, a girl in service who is tossed out for behaving unmentionably with another girl. She stumbles on a new position, and makes a life with new friends, one of whom knows how to make charms. Unlike the church mysteries or the
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Heavens I love this series. Heather Rose Jones is a classy, classy writer. Reading this slows my whole reality down to an early 19th-century pace. Religious magic--on a church level and a folk level mixed with old-school manners, class consciousness (would enjoy this even more in the foreground in a future installment, actually), queer folx, enough money to save the day sometimes, and courageous young people discerning their inner compass to save the day other times: winning! Please oh please mo ...more
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
4,5 stars.
I read it sequentially following the previous 3 novels set in Alpennia. It can be read as a stand-alone, though it benefits from the background context (and it adds to the reader's experience, in my opinion).

It is the most well-crafted work in Alpennia series yet. It shows no issues with pacing, and it neatly crosses themes of classism and faith. Definitely a grabber from start to finish.
Patti Andon
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a stand alone in the Alpennia series. It was told from the point of view of a 16/17 year old. I really enjoyed it especially the beginning with the harsh realities of the time hitting you in the face. The growth of the main character, Roz, was nice to see. The ending was nicely done with a bit of suspense. I would have liked to have seen Iuliens response to Rozs decision.
Doris Raines
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Probably my favorite of the Alpennia series so far.
Marilyn Langlois
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had been wanting to read this series for a while now and started with this one. It was very enjoyable and the world building excellent. I can't wait to read the 3 previous books.
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Heather Rose Jones writes fantasy, historic fantasy, and historical fiction, including the Alpennia series with swordswomen and magic in an alternate Regency setting. She blogs about research into lesbian-like motifs in history and literature at the Lesbian Historic Motif Project which provides inspiration for her fiction. She has a PhD in linguistics, studying metaphor theory and the semantics of ...more

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