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Summary The Winter Siege ã PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ê [BOOKS] ✯ The Winter Siege Author Ariana Franklin – 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 aObsessed 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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Fortress 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

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The Winter SiegeA powerful historical novel by the late Ariana Franklin and The Winter MOBI #207 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. I’m not a great fan of historical fiction but I loved the Adelia Aguilar books of Ariana Franklin She avoided everything I dislike about the genre and wrote so vividly with so much fun creating characters that were real lovable and enduring And so like many other Franklin fans I’ve been eager for Ariana’s daughter Samantha Norman to finish her mother’s last novel First the disappointment for me anyway The Winter Siege is not an Adelia book being set largely in 1141 around forty years before Adelia arrives in England This England is a place of fear and bloodshed a country torn apart by civil war Henry 1 has died with no male heir His daughter Matilda betrayed by barons who once swore fealty flees from one safe haven to the next Her cousin Stephen meanwhile tightens his grip on the crown Mercenaries crawl the countryside like roaches whilst the rotting wings of anarchy lawlessness and cruelty cast long dark shadows across the land Peace especially for the poor is but a distant dream Amidst the mayhem Em a striking red haired child of 11 older sister to Gyltha from the Adelia series is carried off one day by a gang of mercenaries led by an evil and evil smelling monk Gwil a mercenary watching the abduction with us can imagine exactly what will be happening to her He hardly expects to see her again But Em survives Gwil finds her half naked and half alive and nurses her back to health With no memories of her ordeal Em now posing as a boy called Penda becomes Gwill’s protégée and like him a superb archer Together they travel the land trying their fortunes with a band of travelling players a castle under siege and even a fleeing Empress All this time the spectre of the foul smelling monk pursues them The big uestion for me of course was whether The Winter Siege would capture the insightful compelling irreverent style that was so much a part of the Franklin experience Pretty much is the answer and I read the first few chapters with a huge sense of relief Admittedly there were a few moments when I thought Norman might be straying into territory her mother worked so hard to avoid Lady Maud’s romance for example had a touch of the Mills and Boon about it On the whole though I’d be lying if I claimed I could see the join The Winger Siege is a strong story well written with engaging and distinctive characters Having finished it I find myself hoping it won’t be the last ‘Ariana Franklin’ book Adelia Rowley Mansur and Henry might just be safe in Samantha Norman’s hands