Monday, 14 December 2015

Book review: Blood Rose Angel - Liza Perrat + GIVEAWAY


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 the Black Death sweeps into France.
Fearful that Héloïse will bring the pestilence into their cottage, Raoul forbids her to treat its victims. Amidst the grief and hysteria, the villagers searching for a scapegoat, Héloïse must choose: preserve her marriage, or honour the oath she swore on her dead mother’s soul? And even as she places her faith in the protective powers of her angel talisman, she must prove she’s no Devil’s servant, her talisman no evil charm.

My opinion.
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 day to day lives, worries and challenges of her characters and their surroundings, which makes for an incredibly detailed and in-depth backdrop for her main story.
Liza's storytelling and writing truly transports you, and time and time again she finds a way to write characters that are truly "historical". Everything about their character and their believes fit the era, so much so that they are at times difficult to relate to. Although the amount of superstition, prejudice and the role woman played are horribly frustrating, it's nothing less than wonderfully authentic.
Héloïse is a strong and inspiring main character; an amazing woman to guide you to a very dark chapter in history. She'll be tested in many ways and it's fascinating to see how she and the people around her deal with those challenges. I won't go into any specifics about what exactly those struggles are; you'll just have to read it yourself.
Blood Rose Angel should be on the shelf of every historical fiction lover. Highly recommended read.


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 husband and three children for 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. [Click on the cover images above for review + links for the first two installments]
She is a founding member of the author collective, Triskele Books and reviews books for BookMuse.


The wonderful Liza has generously offered 3 e-copies
of Blood Rose Angel for this giveaway; open INT.

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.

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