“Longbow Girl is a book that combines all the elements I love: YA, historical fiction, a kick-ass female narrator and a non-romantic story. What more can a girl ask for?” ***** The Beauty of Literature
Schoolgirl Merry faces the loss of her family’s farm. For centuries, the Owens have bred ponies in the shadow of the Black Castle, the wild Welsh home of their arch-enemies, the de Courcys.
In the roots of a storm-turned tree, she makes an extraordinary discovery: a treasure that offers her the chance to turn back time and change a past filled with untold secrets and danger.
Merry is brave enough for most things. She’s a skilled rider and archer: a born fighter. But is she ready for this, the greatest adventure of her life?
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“I think this is one of those novels that will reach far beyond the intended audience of young adults. Many others, both older and younger, will enjoy reading it for the fast paced storyline and the fine prose.”Kiwi Reviews (click to read full review)
“Wales, longbows, and ponies! What’s not to like? …Fast paced and the total page turner.”Not Acting My Age (click to read full review)
“It is well-researched historical fiction and also a meticulously crafted time travel novel. No easy feat, but one that Linda Davies pulls off with aplomb.Carol Baldwin (click to read full review)
“Full of suspense, adventure, historical intrigue, and a bit of romance, readers will relish this captivating tale of fighting for what is important.”Carrie Randall, Librarian, Homer Brink Elementary School, Endwell, New York
“A surprising dramatic fantasy. The story is intense and gripping.”SciFi Chick (click to read full review)
“Cleverly constructed and told with historical passion…”Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books (click to read full review)
“She has created one of those storytelling experiences wherein everything is believable, contemporary – in this or a previous time – and totally enticing.”Rob, Amazon reader (click to read full review)
Awards for Longbow Girl
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A Longbow is for LifeArticle by Linda Davies for Historia Magazine
‘It was the machine gun of its age,’ expert longbower explains how humble weapon won the Battle of AgincourtInterview with Linda Davies for ITV News, 29 October 2015
Why the Battle of Agincourt is still important todayArticle by Linda Davies for The Guardian, 25 October 2015
My father taught me how to fight and a lot of other ‘boy things’ tooInterview with Linda Davies for East Anglian Daily Times, 2 September 2015
Empowering girls. It’s not what you look like, it’s what you do!Article by Linda Davies
Longbow Girl in translation
Meistres y Bwa Hir
Atebol, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-1910574409. A Welsh adaptation by Efa Mared Edwards.
Addasiad Efa Mared Edwards o’r nofel Longbow Girl gan Linda Davies.
Wedi ei lleoli yn harddwch Bannau Brycheiniog, lle magwyd Linda Davies, mae’r stori yn adrodd hanes Mari Owen, merch ddewr a phenderfynol ac un sy’n giamstar ar ddefnyddio’r bwa hir.