✓ The Virgin in the Ice (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #6) ☆ Download by î Ellis Peters
✓ The Virgin in the Ice (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #6) ☆ Download by î Ellis Peters In The Winter Of , Raging Civil War Has Sent Refugees Fleeing North From Worcester, Among Them An Orphaned Boy And His Beautiful Year Old Sister Traveling With A Young Nun, They Set Out For Shrewsbury, But Disappear Somewhere In The Wild Countryside Now, Brother Cadfael Embarks On A Dangerous Quest To Find Them After fourth reading, June 2016 Never go looking for disaster Expect the best, and walk so discreetly as to invite it, and then leave all to God Among the most popular of the Cadfael chronicles, this tale heralds the first appearance of Oliver de Bretagne You ll have to read the book to discover his significance In a land at war with itself, you may take it as certain that order breaks down and savagery breaks out By this sixth volume, Peters has reached her stride Firmly set in the history and geography of twelfth century England, these tales dig into the always current dirt of humanity and find both gold and dross Often it s our favorite monk doing the digging It would have been an insult to repent of hav Although when I first read Ellis Peters sixth Brother Cadfael novel, when I perused her The Virgin in the Ice in 1986, it rapidly became one of my then favourites of the series, rereading The Virgin in the Ice over the past couple of days has proven to be a trifle frustrating For although and of course Ellis Peters does in The Virgin in the Ice and like in all of her novels of Brother Cadfael brilliantly and realistically bring the 12th century AD British Civil War between Stephen and Mathilda Maud descriptively and atmospherically to life, I also have found that in The Virgin in the Ice, there are for one far too many strange coincidences and that for two at least for me , there also is a bit too much murder and mayhem, too much killing happening For while of course the Brother Cadfael series are historical mysteries and therefore will naturally feature dead bodies, usu I m not doing plot spoilers Instead I want to talk about Ellis Peters impeccable ear for dialogue, and the way she evokes her period with seeming effortlessness There are also wonderful characterisation and intricately woven plot lines.
If you have never attempted a Cadfael story, now would be a good time to take the plunge.
This is one of my favourite of the Brother Cadfael series The evocation of England during the Little Ice Age is precise enough to make me shiver and the images of the land under the blanket of snow are beautiful The first appearance of Olivier is worth the price of admission all by itself It is well nigh impossible not to fall head over heels for that young man on sight As usual, the plot is impeccably tied up with no annoying straggling ends Peters has her story well in hand again We come to expect her to perform in a thoroughly professional manner At no time does she seem to phone her book in as so many authors with a long running series and established reputation tend to do I speak here specifically of the Cat Who series Reading Peters led me to research into the Stephen Matilda battle for the crown It is a fascinating time in history England had nothing but civil wars for so much of My favorite so far absolutely loved it.
It s 1139 and England is in the midst of civil war Brother Cadfael is called to Bromfield Priory to care for a visiting brother, victim of a brutal attack by a band of marauders roaming the countryside He also seeks the whereabouts of a sister and brother of noble birth who fled their village to find refuge in Shrewsbury, but never arrived When Cadfael finds the body of a young woman frozen in the ice at the edge of a stream, it s the beginning of an investigation that will force him and Hugh Beringar out in the dead of winter to track the murderer and find the missing children The ending is very satisfying and includes a personal revelation for Brother Cadfael.
Brother Cadfael pronounced Cad file has definitely entered the ranks of great fiction detectives alongside Sherlock Holmes and Lord Peter Wimsey But these stories are than just murder mysteries in medieval drag Ellis Peters actually lived Well written historical fiction and mysteryBy Charles van Buren on February 18, 2018Format Kindle Edition Verified PurchaseThis volume of the Cadfael books is mystery and historical fiction set against the background of the civil war between Empress Maud and King Stepen The division of the country caused by this war, appropriately known as the Anarchy, directly complicates things for Brother Cadfael and deputy sheriff Hugh Beringar I do not like spoilers so no answers here, just some of the questions to be answered in the story whose body is in the ice where are the children who is the stranger searching for the children why does Cadfael feel a connection to the stranger who is committing the raids and murders who attacked Brother Oswin and left him for dead These and other questions puzzle Cadfael, Hugh, t I have to be honest Throughout most of the book I thought it was just OK, two stars, even though from the very beginning I did really like the atmosphere of the cold and snowy winter it was perfectly depicted It wasn t until the last chapter that I understood the importance of this book It too is a must read These books hold together to get the most from them they must be read as a group Each builds upon the other, and in a beautiful way Ellis writes beautifully, with humor, descriptive ability and with plot content carefully planned You effortlessly learn about a past era I do not agree with those who say this series need not be read in order Maybe you do not need to, but that is how you will get the most out of them However start with book two and read the rest in order Throw