Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Siege Winter by Ariana Franklin &Samantha Norman...Review & Giveaway!

I just finished reading a great book and I am so excited to share it with you today...The Siege Winter by Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman.  Here is the scoop...

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 courageous young women whose fates are intertwined in twelfth century England’s devastating civil war.
1141. 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 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 valuable.
Gwyl and Penda make their way to Kenilworth, a small but strategically important 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 empress.
Aided 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.

My Thoughts:  I love historical fiction.  It is one of my favorite genres so I was really excited to dive into The Siege Winter and it did not disappoint.  I thought the writing stayed true to the times and the story line was incredibly exciting and moved right along.  While the twelfth century was a violent and dangerous time (and that aspect obviously IS a factor in the book) the authors bring to life characters who have a depth of emotion so much more than being a product of their times.  There is mystery, love and even some humor peppered throughout this tale.

I had never read any of the late Ariana Franklin books but I was touched to think of her daughter finishing this book for her after she passed away.  I found myself trying to figure out where Franklin left off and Norman began but I couldn't.  They must have been incredibly in sync.  After reading The Siege Winter, I will definitely be picking up earlier books from Franklin and will be hoping for more from Samantha Norman.  You can pre order The Siege Winter on Amazon by clicking HERE.

I am so pleased to tell you that the publisher is giving one lucky Reviewed by Mom reader a copy of The Siege Winter.  Thanks so much to the sponsor and here is how to enter...
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30 comments:

Lisa Brown said...

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Audra said...

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Maureen said...

I enjoy historical fiction with an edge.

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I like autobiographies or non-fiction that reads like fiction, prose, poetry.

Carl Scott said...

It's so difficult to pick just one. I like literary fiction, historical fiction and a whole bunch of non-fiction genres too. Probably biography, autobiography and history are particular favorites. Thanks

Deb Anderson said...

My absolute favorite is historical fiction! In fact I just finished a novel set a little ahead of this one, by Phillipa Gregory "Virgin Earth". I cannot resist reading about the past.

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One day it's mysteries, the next it's historical novels. I have very eclectic tastes.

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I love sci-fi, YA, mysteries and more

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I will read almost any book. Infact i've only read one book in my entire life that I could not get interested in. I usually read romance, sci fi or christian fiction.

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I love a good mystery!

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I love anything by Stephen King so Horror, I guess...

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