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 needle, under the patronage of the royal thaumaturgist, wasn’t supposed to include learning magic, but Celeste, the dressmaker’s daughter, draws Roz into the mysterious world of the charm-wives. When floodwaters and fever sweep through the lower city, Celeste’s magical charms could bring hope and healing to the forgotten poor of Rotenek, but only if Roz can claim the help of some unlikely allies.
Set in the magical early 19th century world of Alpennia, Floodtide tells an independent tale that interweaves with the adventures.
A Novel of Alpennia.
FROM THE AUTHOR
"When I was planning Mother of Souls, it struck me that I was accumulating a number of teenagers as secondary characters and thought it would be fun to tell a story that centered them, before they aged out and had to act like adults. At the same time, I wanted to tell an Alpennian story that could be read independently from the main series—a new entry point to the world I’d created. The ideas came together in the character of Rozild Pairmen, a laundry maid and aspiring dressmaker whose life tangentially intersects the main series. She has no special talents, no mystical powers, except a knack for bringing people together into an unlikely alliance that will transform Alpennia’s future as surely as any miracle. Floodtide views the events of Mother of Souls from an entirely different angle as Rozild’s friendships build a bridge between the upper and lower city that will have lasting consequences."
—Heather Rose Jone
Karen M. - Heather Rose Jones has a talent for meticulous world-building, and her writing shows intelligence and a flair for her craft. The hierarchy of society was integral to this story, and adding that to the idea of charms and mysteries made it a fascinating read. The word that comes to mind when finishing this book is exquisite. I loved it.
Lex Kent’s Reviews - This was a really good read. Jones writes very well, and I can’t wait to have some time to be able to read the other books in this series. I would recommend this to fantasy fans and fans of the Regency era. I’m not sure if Jones is planning a sequel to this book, but I personally would love to read more about these characters. They are still young and I think they have more stories left to be told.
Louise F. - I really enjoyed the slow unravellings of the plot, and the calm, steady pacing. Floodtide is a wonderful novel and has really interested me in discovering more of the Alpennia world.
Colleen C - Fans of the Alpennia series will jump in with a lot of eagerness, especially since some of the leads in the earlier books have roles here. People new to the series will find a richly built world that does a fantastic job of melding fantasy with historical fiction. Highly recommended.
Best Lesfic Reviews - The word-and world-building of the book is excellent. This is not strictly a romance, though the feeling of bubbling romance is pervasive. But it is really the writing, the story and the world imagined that engage the reader utterly and completely. This is a great fantasy book to pick.
Danika E. - I never dreamed I might love Floodtide more than the books that came before it. It can absolutely be read as a standalone, but some of my favorite players from the first three books make appearances and I think the experience is richer having read the others in the series as well. The timeline of Floodtide straddles part of the second and third books in the series, but from a whole new perspective. I can’t wait to go back and catch new details in those stories. I can’t remember the last time I was moved to tears by a book, but Jones managed to make me full-on sob with happiness, not once but twice!
This is simultaneously both a fantastic entry point to Jones’ Alpennia Series, and a wonderful compliment to the stories that came before it. As one of my favorite books of the year, I hope you’ll give it a try and fall in love with the goings-on in Rotenek as much as I have.