The Siege Winter

The Siege Winter

Large Print - 2015
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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorEngland, 1141. King Stephen and the Empress Matilda vie for the crown. In this dangerous world, a depraved monk kidnaps an eleven-year-old peasant and leaves her for dead. When Gwil finds Emma, she has no memory. An archer for hire, he dresses her as a boy, names her Penda, and teaches her to use a bow. Together they make their way to the small but strategic fortress of fifteen-year-old Maud, who has tempted fate by giving shelter to the empress.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410478610
Branch Call Number: Large Print Fic
Characteristics: 545 pages ; 23 cm
large print.
Additional Contributors: Norman, Samantha - Author


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Mar 24, 2018

I had a really hard time putting this book down. It is totally absorbing and well-written.
I have read all Ariana Franklin's novels and hate it that this will be the last one.

Jan 12, 2016

Very well written.

Sep 14, 2015

The time period represented in this novel is often referred to as "the anarchy" when Empress Matilda and her cousin King Stephen battled for the crown of England. Fans of Ellis Peter's "Brother Caulfael" series will also recognize the time period as the background for those terrific historical mysteries. Also during this time period - Ken Follett's " The Pillars of the Earth" (which I have yet to read but I will the next time I have 3000 Hours to kill)

I Think the daughter did a fine job stepping in for her late mother to finish writing this novel. I was a big fan of Ariana Franklin.

May 02, 2015

Since I enjoyed the series Mistress of the Art of Death, I was happy to find this book. A good read, especially if you enjoy early history.

Apr 14, 2015

A good medieval setting and some well drawn characters made this a book that sweeps you off to another time and place.

Mar 17, 2015

This final book from Ariana Franklin ("Mistress Of The Art Of Death" series) will be a hit with her readers, as well as fans of Bernard Cornwell, Sharon Penman, and George R.R. Martin. Franklin never sugarcoats the brutal time of the war between Stephen and Matilda, aka "The Time When Christ and all His Saints slept"; violence and mayhem, destroying the lives of the powerful as well as the powerless. Yet the story of reluctant soldier Gwil and his adopted daughter Pen shine like a light in the darkness


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