Sunday, 14 December 2014

HISTORICAL FICTION REVIEW: Winter Siege - Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman

Release Date: 09/10/14
Publisher:  Bantam


Run, run, girl. In the name of God, run. 1141. A mercenary watches from the icy reeds as a little girl with red hair is attacked by his own men. He is powerless to stop them. But a strange twist of fate brings them together again. Sheltering in a church, he finds the girl freezing cold, close to death, clutching a sliver of parchment. And now he is certain of what he must do. He will bring her back to life. He will train her to fight. And he will protect her from the man who calls himself a monk, who lost a piece of parchment he will do anything to get back ...An epic account of the brutal winter when Stephen and Matilda tore England apart in their battle for its crown - when atrocities were inflicted on the innocent, but bravery found a home in an old solider and a young girl.


The final book by Arianna Franklin and one completed by her daughter Samantha to help bring the fans of her writing a final story that they’ve been clamouring for. Yet when you know that a book ha been completed by a family member you are left wondering if the ingredients that made you love the author originally would not only still be there but also left to peak for themselves.

Firstly I have to say a huge congratulation to Samantha for finishing her mother book. It not only works wonderfully well but also is pretty seamless from where she picked up. Add tot hi the cracking continuation of characters that we not only fell in love with but loved and all round it’s a resounding success.

At the end of the day, this book for me was definitely a triumph, I loved the way that the tale came across, I liked the way that he dialogue worked and with the solid prose I think that we could well see future instalments from Samantha. Thank you for that final experience with Ariana Bantam.

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