The Siege Winter
By: Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norma
An elderly monk, an unlikely character of great importance, on the precipice of life recounts the perilous adventure of two very unique women, both struggling to survive a vicious war and the transition into womanhood. The Siege Winter written by mother and daughter duo, Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman, is an exciting medieval mystery that will earn its place among its peers (as well as a special place on our bookshelves). Quirky and fiery characters, vivid description of the medieval English landscape and life, and an artfully told story make this multidimensional story great. The Siege Winter has all of the right ingredients, seamlessly blended together and achieves perfection in every page.
A young noblewoman in charge of her castle, with an invalid husband who disgusts her, must rally every ounce of her courage and leadership when her castle is besieged, again and again. Surrounded by mercenaries, charges, and even a would be queen, Maud’s world is shaken by a war that will never end. As long as King Stephen and Lady Matilda live, her land, her people and her inheritance hang in jeopardy. On the other side of the feudal spectrum, a young girl who suffered much tragedy and personal injury disguises herself as a boy to spare herself from enduring any more pain; emotional or physical. These two, who dwell in different worlds are thrown together as they must both play a vital role in defense of Kenniford Castle and of those they have come to love. In The Winter Siege Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman have given us a novel that sets hearts racing, weakens the knees, and catches the breath of every reader. When the spring rains keep us inside this spring, make sure you have The Winter Siege on hand.