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Above average writing especially considering Norman finished Franklin's work after Franklin died. Historical relevance, character development, and plot are nicely balanced. Kate Reading delivers the story and characters with a clear, strong voice. The subject might not appeal to everyone, but the book should be on the list of any reader who enjoys historical fiction set in the Middle Ages.
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If you could sum up The Siege Winter in three words, what would they be?
I didn't want it to end. It was an emotional roller coaster. I loved the female characters - strong, but vulnerable. I loved the humor of the book. The book brought the period of 12th century history to life, the complete and total chaos of a country ruled by anarchy - absence of law. Please give us more books!
Who was your favorite character and why?
Gwill was my favorite character. He was solid, competent and loyal, a real old-fashioned hero. But I loved the humor of Maude. Pender's character created the emotional distress of the book, a little girl, who had endured a horror, that tied the entire book together. As a real-life mother of a girl, it was the worst nightmare of a parent. Her character created the strong physical reaction to the book.
What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The reader was fabulous. Excellent accents. Excellent oral interpretation. Will search for more books read by this author.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I had a physical reaction to the book. It upset my stomach, tightened my chest and interfered with my sleep - an emotional roller coaster.
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