The Siege Winter
by Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman
Siege Winter is the last book started by the late Ariana Franklin (Mistress of the Art of Death series) and finished by her daughter Samantha Norman. The book is historical fiction at its best as it weaves the stories of Lady Maud, chatelaine of a strategically important castle, and Emma/Penda, daughter of a peasant family, with the history of 1100s Britain and the decade of “The Anarchy” (civil war). Compulsively readable with well-drawn characters, a wonderful sense of place, and good descriptions of that historical era.
–Laurel, Adult Services