The Siege Winter by Ariana FranklinThe Siege Winter by Ariana Franklin

The Siege Winter

byAriana Franklin, Samantha Norman

Paperback | February 24, 2015

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1141 AD: King Stephen is warring with his cousin Empress Matilda over the throne of England. Every cathedral, every castle, every seat of power will swear fealty to one or the other – but not every stronghold is as strategic or as valuable as Kenniford Castle in Oxfordshire. Its mistress, 16 year old Maud of Kenniford swears fealty to Stephen, but Matilda’s forces have decreed that she marry the odious John of Tewing.

L ife in the Fenlands carries on as usual - that is until the mercenaries ride through the marsh. And a small red-haired girl named Em is snatched and carried off. After the soldiers have finished with her they leave her for dead. But fenland girls are not easy to kill. Although she has lost all memory of her past life including her name, Em survives and falls under the protection of Gwyl, a Breton archer. Together Gwyl and his new protege--now crop-headed and disguised as a boy--travel through the countryside giving archery exhibitions. But there is one man who hasn't forgotten the little red-haired girl. He has some unfinished business with her and he is determined to finish it.

And one freezing winter in an Oxfordshire castle completely besieged, he might well get his chance...

 Samantha Norman began working life in publishing as a junior editor in children's books before moving in to freelance journalism. Samantha is now a broadcaster who is mad about horses. She lives in west London with her two sons Harry and Charlie, and their dogs Becks and Spider.
Title:The Siege WinterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 5.94 × 0.96 inPublished:February 24, 2015Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143183494

ISBN - 13:9780143183495

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Editorial Reviews

“[A] thoroughly captivating tale.” - Kirkus“Wonderfully plotted, with a dozen twists. Succeeds brilliantly as both historical fiction and crime-thriller.” - Diana Gabaldon"Great fun! Franklin succeeds in vividly bringing the twelfth century to life with this cracking good story. Expertly researched, a brilliant heroine, full of excellent period detail." - Kate Mosse“An exhilarating whodunit and my favourite book of the year. I’d like to crown Ariana Franklin Queen of the Historical Mystery.” - Tess Gerritsen“Franklin is one of the very best creators medieval whodunits writing today.” - The Guardian“Highly entertaining… With Franklin, history is fun and games, as well as terribly suspenseful.” - New York Daily News“Excellent….Eloquently sketched characters [and] bits of medieval lore flavor the constantly unfolding plot.” - Publishers Weekly“Science and romance vie with superstition and barbarism in this richly detail, almost indecently thrilling mystery.” - New York Times“This excellent adventure delivers high drama and lively scholarship.” - New York Times Book Review“An impeccably researched tapestry of murder most foul, regal intrigue and heady feminism…A refreshing take on a well-worn genre.” - Entertainment Weekly“Franklin is an adept storyteller who disseminates her research into the period with clarity and lightness of touch.” - The Times (UK)