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The Winter Siege characters ï 107 ´ [Reading] ➿ The Winter Siege By Ariana Franklin – Horticulturetrader.co.uk A powerful historical novel by the late Ariana Franklin and her daughter Samantha Norman The Siege Winter is a tour de force mystery and murder adventure and intrigue a battle for a crown told by two A powerful historical noA powerful historical novel by the late Ariana Franklin and The Winter Kindle her daughter Samantha Norman The Siege Winter is a tour de force mystery and murder adventure and intrigue a battle for a crown told by two courageous young women whose fates are intertwined in twelfth century England’s devastating civil war England is engulfed in war as King Stephen and his cousin the Empress Matilda vie for the crown In this dangerous world not even Emma an eleven year old peasant is safe A depraved monk. First Sentence It is a wood paneled room of sumptuous size—the abbots of Perton have always done themselves well In 1141 England was engulfed in civil war between King Stephen and his cousin the Empress Matilda over who would wear the crown It is 1180 and a dying abbot has one last important task to accomplish He summons a young scribe in order to document a much personal story set during that backdrop and occurring during a long brutal siege winter While readers were heartbroken by the death of Ariana Franklin and the incredible cliffhanger left in her last book in the “Mistress of the Art of Death” series this does not resolve that series However for both prior and new readers you are in for such a treat This book was begun by Ms Franklin aka Diana Norman prior to her death and has been completed by her daughter Samantha Norman While that is wonderful in itself what is truly remarkable is that the fusion is absolutely seamless There is no awkward transition between the two authors; it is all one voice No the language is not of the period To that there was the explanation given by Ms Franklin at the end of “Grave Goods” ”in twelfth century England the common people spoke a form of English even less comprehensive than Chaucer’s In the fourteenth; the nobility spoke Normal French and the clergy spoke Latin Since people then sounded contemporary to one another and since I hate the use of what I call “gadzooks” in historical novels to denote a past age I insist on making those people sound modern to the reader” One can’t argue with that For us readers the story begins with the history given the stage set the players assembled and the curtain drawn on what from the very start we know will be a wonderful tale The narrative is fascinating and periodically through the story moves the tale forward while providing historical context The story provides wonderful details of castle life and what it takes to run and defend a castle during this period What a wonderful assembly of characters Each leaps off the page into full life and touches our emotions Gwilherm de Vannes a mercenary soldier and his conversations with God are a true delight”And what now Lord Eh How can I protect her from herself” “That’s a tricky one Gwil That’s the uestion Even I can’t help you there I’m afraid” Young Pen whom he rescues is a survivor who learns to cope with events in her own way Maud forced into marriage and now finds herself having to defend her castle with the help of Sir Rollo commander of her troops and protect her son William There is a mystery to the story and a villain which is as evil as a villain can be This is the time of the Plantagenets and the history is important but the story is very much a human story However considering One really doesn’t want to say too much for fear of spoiling what is an absolutely wonderful read It is a story one would love to see brought to the screen but only if it included every single page filmed exactly as it is on the page “The Siege Winter” is exciting stirring filled of tension and can bring one to tears but has a conclusion which makes one smile and touches the heart Do you know how hard it is to write review notes when one is crying It is a story which stays with you long after the last page At the bottom of my review notes I wrote Ex Were it possible to rate a book 10 out of 5 stars this would be it I loved every page; every word It doesn’t get better than that However the best news is that this may only be the first in a series THE SIEGE WINTER Hist Novel – Gwil Pendra – England – 1100s – EXFranklin Ariana and Samantha Norman – 1st bookHarper Collins – February 2015

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Obsessed with redheads kidnaps the ginger haired girl from her village and leaves her for dead When an archer for hire named Gwyl finds her she has no memory of her previous life Unable to abandon her Gwyl takes the girl with him dressing her as a boy giving her a new name Penda and teaching her to use a bow But Gwyn knows that the man who hurt Penda roams free and that a scrap of evidence she possesses could be very valuableGwyl and Penda make their way to Kenilworth a small but strategically important. Setting Medieval EnglandThe story opens when Henry I dies without leaving a heir and the country is sent into a state of anarchy which begins the story of the battle for the crown between Matilda and her cousin Stephan Em a young peasant girl is cornered by a troop of soldiers while out with her mother and sisterCaptured brutalized raped and left for dead she is later found by Gwyl a bowman who nurses her back to health and although her body heals her mind is reluctant With her hair shorn and dressed as a lad Penda as she is now known as joins Gwyl and a band of traveling playersThe players arrive at Kenilworth Castle which is held by it's chatelaine Maud right before the castle is put under siege by ruthless mercenariesGwyl keeps his eyes out for their enemy little knowing that enemy has been watching themAs good and evil suare off in battle the country's future lies in their handsI was really looking forward to this story taking off and drawing me back into a well known time and place in history Sadly I was very disappointed This really could have been that and The Good It was a captivating and compelling tale filled with fascinating characters who drive the plot as much as the tempestuous backdrop The author did a great job with the historical setting and details But that's where it ends for meThe Bad Once the characters opened their mouths and the story began it just went downhill for me as a reader who likes the characters to be totally in the correct time period in speech and manners it lacked bothIn The Siege Winter the author used a contemporary tone with so many anachronisms throughout that it just spoiled the whole escape factor for me and I really had a hard time finishing itSo sad this really could have been a great read with a 4 5 star rating from meunfortunately it wont but it may appeal to others who like that kind of writing style

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The Winter SiegeFortress that belongs to fifteen year old Maud Newly wedded to a boorish and much older husband after her father’s death the fierce and determined young chatelaine tempts fate and Stephen’s murderous wrath when she gives shelter to the empressAided by a garrison of mercenaries including Gwyl and his odd red headed apprentice Maud will stave off Stephen’s siege for a long brutal winter that will bring a host of visitors to Kenilworth kings soldiers and a sinister monk with deadly business to finish. 35 rounded to 4 Very readable engaging novel set in the 12th century civil war in England between Matilda and Stephen for the throne A dying abbot relates the events of the novel to a scribe The story involves a young girl Emma rescued after violation by an evil monk and left for dead by a mercenary soldier Gwil She is disguised as a boy for protection given the name Penda and the two travel together He teaches her archery and she becomes proficient Matilda joins them and they make their way to the castle of Lady Maud unwilling wife of an absolute boor Then begins a winter long siege by Stephen's forces What is the meaning of a mysterious parchment in a uill case that Gwil picks up when he finds Emma Who is the monk and what is his importanceI didn't pick up any obvious 21st century slang but there were a few modern day idioms eg cut no ice I did wonder how much of the history was accurate except the barebones of the conflict between the two contenders for the throne I thought the ending of the novel most satisfactory