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Winter Siege by Ariana Franklin
  

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The sad loss of this lovely author brought a fine medieval series featuring Adelia Aguilar to a close but this stand-alone, unfinished manuscript was left. Her daughter, Samantha, decided to finish it. It is impossible to know where Ariana finishes and Samantha starts, the only real difference is that the ending of this is softer, more romantic than norm. It concerns the conflict between King Stephen and Empress Matilda (or Maud) and how ordinary people were affected, divided and abused. Fascinating historical detail abounds in a thrilling story.

If you like Ariana Franklin you might also like to read books by Alys Clare, Cassandra Clark and Paul Doherty.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. During the bleak winter of 1141, the Empress Matilda, daughter of the old king Henry I, and her cousin Stephen are locked in a deadly battle for England’s crown. Conscience-stricken mercenary Gwil rescues a redheaded child left for dead by soldiers, raising her as a fighter ready to seek and kill the men who hurt her. All are threatened by the mysterious monk whose lost parchment was found in the hands of a dying child, and who will stop at nothing to retrieve it. This rich, imaginative and heart-wrenching work is acclaimed historical novelist Ariana Franklin’s final novel, completed posthumously by her daughter Samantha Norman.
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Winter Siege by Ariana Franklin

An absorbing re-creation of the 12th Century ...this is a fast-moving story of humbler folk caught up in cruel battles . (The Independent). Original, atmospheric and genuinely moving ...captures the imagination and does not let go . (Giles Kristian). It's 1141 and freezing cold. Gwil, a battle-hardened mercenary, is horrified to stumble across a little girl close to death. She has been attacked, just one more victim in a winter of atrocities. Clutching a sliver of parchment, she is terrified - but Gwil knows what he must do. He will bring her back to life. He will train her to fight. And together, they will hunt down the man who did this to her. But danger looms wherever they turn. As castle after castle falls victim to siege, the icy Fens ring with rumours of a madman, of murder - and of a small piece of parchment with a terrible secret to tell, the cost of which none of them could have imagined ...


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'Winter Siege is a thrilling novel infused with the haunting spirit of the Cambridgeshire Fens, at turns rousing and chilling. Recommended.' James Wilde, author of the bestselling Hereward

Original, atmospheric and genuinely moving ... [this] heartfelt story of survival and redemption captures the imagination and does not let go.' Giles Kristian, author of God of Vengeance and the Raven trilogy

'An absorbing re-creation of the 12th Century ... this is a fast-moving story of humbler folk caught up in cruel battles.' The Independent

About the Author

Ariana Franklin

Ariana Franklin was born in Devon and, like her father, became a journalist. Having invaded Wales dressed in combat uniform with the Royal Marines for one of their military exercises, accompanied the Queen on a royal visit, missed her own twenty-first birthday party because she had to cover a murder, she married, almost inevitably, another journalist. At this point she decided that staying married was a good idea so she abandoned her career in national newspapers and settled down in the country to bring up two daughters, study medieval history and write. Ariana was the author of the acclaimed, award-winning Mistress of the Art of Death series. She passed away in 2011.

Author photo © Mary Jane Russell

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Book Info

Publication date

12th February 2015

Author

Ariana Franklin

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Author's Website

www.arianafranklin.com/

Publisher

Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group) an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
448 pages

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
Historical Fiction
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Historical mysteries

ISBN

9780857501479

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