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The Winter Siege

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Ith 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 fort. I've given this an A for both content and narration at AudioGalsThe Siege Winter is a superbly written and thoroughly enjoyable piece of historical fiction set in twelfth century England at a time of great uncertainty and upheaval The country is being torn apart by what is in essence a civil war between the supporters of the Empress Matilda daughter of the late King Henry and those of her cousin and Henry’s successor King Stephen The bulk of the tale is set between 1141 and 1143 but the story is told in the form of a story within a story as the events of the 1140s are related by a dying abbot to his scribe almost forty years laterYou can read the rest of this review at AudioGals Caulaincourt : Diplomate de Napoléon 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 Le colonel Mayer - De l'affaire Dreyfus à de Gaulle of evidence she possesses could be very valuableGwyl and Penda make their way to Kenilworth a small but strategically important fort. I've given this an A for both content and narration at AudioGalsThe Siege Winter is a superbly written and thoroughly enjoyable piece Les Français sous le Second Empire of historical fiction set in twelfth century England at a time Souvenirs : 1859-1871 of great uncertainty and upheaval The country is being torn apart by what is in essence a civil war between the supporters 1812 : La campagne tragique de Napoléon en Russie of the Empress Matilda daughter Les Trois Cents Jours de Napoléon à l'île d'Elbe of the late King Henry and those Joséphine : vie de l'impératrice of her cousin and Henry’s successor King Stephen The bulk Mémoires inédits: Les Cahiers Rouges of the tale is set between 1141 and 1143 but the story is told in the form La Moskowa - Borodino- La bataille des Redoutes of a story within a story as the events Napoléon III et Franceschini Pietri of the 1140s are related by a dying abbot to his scribe almost forty years laterYou can read the rest La commune de Paris par ceux qui l'ont vécue of this review at AudioGals

Summary ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Ariana Franklin

Ress 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 finis. If given the choice to take it or leave it I would have to leave this one behind I love historical fiction and by that I mean full throttle historical fiction This was not that I could possibly overlook the collouial differences but the 'telling' was just too contemporary for the time period given And oh the language I don't mind gritty language but this felt so gratuitous It was a constant onslaught and it hardly even felt authentic Everyone was always so angryI need than just that Hearing it verses reading it for me anyway makes a huge difference for some reason And since I did the audio it was so much noticeableI also got the feel that this was very light on the historical fiction side as well The singular event wasn't the problem Overall I wasn't pulled into this time period I wanted to be but it just didn't work for me I know I'm in the minority with this review But I can give it 2 stars I actually liked Penda and even Gwil La République radicale (1898-1914) old Maud Newly wedded to a boorish and much Caulaincourt : Diplomate de Napoléon 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 Le colonel Mayer - De l'affaire Dreyfus à de Gaulle of mercenaries including Gwyl and his Les Français sous le Second Empire odd red headed apprentice Maud will stave Souvenirs : 1859-1871 off Stephen’s siege for a long brutal winter that will bring a host 1812 : La campagne tragique de Napoléon en Russie of visitors to Kenilworth kings soldiers and a sinister monk with deadly business to finis. If given the choice to take it Les Trois Cents Jours de Napoléon à l'île d'Elbe or leave it I would have to leave this Joséphine : vie de l'impératrice one behind I love historical fiction and by that I mean full throttle historical fiction This was not that I could possibly Mémoires inédits: Les Cahiers Rouges overlook the collouial differences but the 'telling' was just too contemporary for the time period given And La Moskowa - Borodino- La bataille des Redoutes oh the language I don't mind gritty language but this felt so gratuitous It was a constant Napoléon III et Franceschini Pietri onslaught and it hardly even felt authentic Everyone was always so angryI need than just that Hearing it verses reading it for me anyway makes a huge difference for some reason And since I did the audio it was so much noticeableI also got the feel that this was very light La commune de Paris par ceux qui l'ont vécue on the historical fiction side as well The singular event wasn't the problem Overall I wasn't pulled into this time period I wanted to be but it just didn't work for me I know I'm in the minority with this review But I can give it 2 stars I actually liked Penda and even Gwil

Ariana Franklin ✓ 0 Summary

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 war1141 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 w. One of the best British historical novels I have read and I have read many This passionate fast moving and atmospheric novel captures the brutality and horror of the civil war in England in the 12th century between King Stephen and the Empress MatildaThe characters are deep and well rounded and you get caught up in the dramaA Breton mercenary Gwil fighting in the Cambridgeshire Fens stumbles across Emma an eleven year old peasant girl who has been raped and severely hurt by a devil in a monk's guise who has obsessively rapes and murders red haired girlsHe adopts her and teaches her to shoot a bow and she becomes an expert archerMeanwhile a 15 year old noblewoman Maud is forced to marry an older brute of a nobleman arrogant boorish and callous But she soon shows her metal and comes into her ownA much sought after parchment comes into play and puts our friends in dangerCaptures the sights sounds smells and emotions of 12th century England I was glued for every sentence and finshed it in two days One comes to deeply care about the two girls who the novel centers aroundThis is a book you must read if you like historical fiction Ariana Franklin was master story teller and will be sorely missed Mémoires inédits: Les Cahiers Rouges old peasant is safe A depraved monk La Moskowa - Borodino- La bataille des Redoutes obsessed w. One Napoléon III et Franceschini Pietri of the best British historical novels I have read and I have read many This passionate fast moving and atmospheric novel captures the brutality and horror La commune de Paris par ceux qui l'ont vécue of the civil war in England in the 12th century between King Stephen and the Empress MatildaThe characters are deep and well rounded and you get caught up in the dramaA Breton mercenary Gwil fighting in the Cambridgeshire Fens stumbles across Emma an eleven year Surcouf old peasant girl who has been raped and severely hurt by a devil in a monk's guise who has Alfred Dreyfus :Cinq années de ma vie : 1894-1899 obsessively rapes and murders red haired girlsHe adopts her and teaches her to shoot a bow and she becomes an expert archerMeanwhile a 15 year L'art militaire de Napoléon old noblewoman Maud is forced to marry an Louis Napoléon le Grand (Littérature) older brute Journal intégral - 1815-1818 of a nobleman arrogant boorish and callous But she soon shows her metal and comes into her L'empire des Français, 1799-1815 ownA much sought after parchment comes into play and puts Le feld-maréchal von Bonaparte : Considérations sur les causes de la grandeur des Français et de leur décadence our friends in dangerCaptures the sights sounds smells and emotions Napoléon au Portugal : Le triomphe de l'armée luso-britannique annonce la fin de l'empire (1801-1814) of 12th century England I was glued for every sentence and finshed it in two days One comes to deeply care about the two girls who the novel centers aroundThis is a book you must read if you like historical fiction Ariana Franklin was master story teller and will be sorely missed