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  1. jv poore jv poore says:

    One of the coolest things about Longbow Girl is that while the events happen in present day one character lives in an actual castle and another on a working farm; so it feels a bit like it is set in the past A pretty groovy way of lending an authentic feel to a story entrenched in history When an old tomb is inadvertently uncovered Merry discovers an old book that appears to be one of the tomes from the Middle Welsh collection known as Mabinogion Although some folks believe whole heartedly that the narratives are filled with truths many others insist there are only myths Either way there is no argument as to the value of the text Merry’s find may be the very thing to save the farm that has been the life and heart of her family for than seven hundred years Of course there are challenges with having the artifact authenticated and obstacles in the way of proving it was found on her family’s land Weighing heavier than the legal red tape is the unshakable feeling that disturbing the grave will exact a higher price than the book could bring Nothing about this “solution” is sure or easyFortunately Merry is vibrant fierce cunning and strong Often a heroine struggles to come to terms; drum up courage to conuer that which seems insurmountable Merry does not It’s not that she’s oblivious For her doing the right thing is intuitive She is aware of the risks and possible loss personally; but that is of small conseuence when compared to the potential greater good for the masses Longbow Girl is a spectacular smash up of Historical Fiction Action and Adventure Mystery and Suspense with a shot of Science Fiction that features heroes heroines and horses and touches on relatable social issues family feuds and friendships And that’s just a few of the things that I dearly loved about itThis review was written for Buried Under Books by jv poore

  2. Ms. Yingling Ms. Yingling says:

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineMerry Owen is an archer because her family was granted their land hundreds of years ago provided that they always would defend the king with a longbow She lost an eye in an incident when her bow broke but still does a very good job She has been home schooled since her accident but still has a friend in neighbor James even though their families have been at odds for years When Merry finds a very old book buried in the earth it turns out to be very old and valuable and may be the key to saving her family's farm from debt Unfortunately she also feels that the book is a danger and that she is somehow missing a relict connected to the book She decides after hearing part of the book translated that she needs to search underwater in a secluded pond and when she goes deep enough under water she travels back in time Luckily she goes to the exact period when her ancestors were in danger of losing their land to Henry VIII and she is able to step in and use her archery skills to defend her family 774175Strengths This one had several elements that will work for fantasy readers archery time travel a strong female protagonist who uses her skills for good a constructive depiction of a disability and an evil villain who meets his doom back in time I won't have a ton of readers for this but think I have to buy a copy for my fans of Pierce's Alanna The First Adventure Loved that the family was intact and supportive and James soccer career with Manchester United was very funWeaknessesThe start was very slow and there could have been a little romance between Merry and James And yes there's probably enough fantasy books set in Wales What I really think I kept thinking of Bond's A String in the Harp which I got rid of years ago because no one read the PermaBound copy and it smelled really bad I also thought originally that this was set in Africa not once I started reading it but just looking at the colors on the cover and thinking it was by Nicola Davies who wrote The Lion Who Stole My Arm For Wales I'd pick of a blue based color scheme I think

  3. Mikayla Gray Mikayla Gray says:

    I knew I would probably enjoy Longbow Girl but I wasn’t expecting to fall utterly head over heels in love with itLongbow Girl is a tale of one young women in two different times After losing her eye continuing her families heritage of producing longbow men 16 year old Merry’s fierce independence puts her family's farm at risk to the neighbouring de Courcys who are still holding a centuries old grudge over what they see as their land in the first place To save it Merry discovers not only a pathway back to Henry VIII’s tudor Britain but that her part in her family's history goes back further she could have imaginedLongbow Girl is a beautiful story If you’re looking for a fast paced edge of the seat page turner then this book isn’t for you The time travel aspect doesn’t happened until well over halfway through the story far later than I was expecting But I was enjoying it so much I hardly noticed Set in the beautiful Brecon Beacons the casual almost meandering story follows Merry through her life letting the reader discover the world rather than being subjected to endless info dumps or a rushed set up to get to the action Merry is a fantastic heroine I absolutely love her She’s badass Handy with a longbow as per tradition she also brave resourceful adventurous and smart When she discovers the portal to the past she doesn’t stumble ass backwards through it and get by on luck over judgement She stops she thinks and she prepares In so many books the protagonist gets a pass on stupid behaviour that would get them killed in real life just by virtue of being the main character I love stories that give the heroine enough credit for you to believe in them rather than rob the book of any tension because you know that the character is bullet proof regardless of what poorly thought out actions they take and how incapable they are of taking them Although she’s described as beautiful it’s refreshing to read about a protagonist with a physical imperfection in this case a missing eye from a snapped bow that isn’t their defining characteristic Her relationship with her parents and fierce loyalty to her family is the beating heart of the story maybe that’s why I loved the book so much There’s such a warm comforting feeling when you read it even when the tension is amped upOnce the story moves back in time and Merry realises how much is at stake the action starts to come thick and fast I love anything old timey England and I love the girl power as Merry takes a stand against those persecuting her family in a world where a longbow girl is unheard of There are shades of William Manchester's A World Lit Only By Fire in the past setting it's fittingly brutal and authentic rather than coming across as a writer's impression of a medieval renaissance fair that so many tales set in the past tend to do a pet peeve of mineThe story is told from the pov of Merry and her best friend the de Courcy’s son James There’s a brief mention towards the end of romance in their future but their relationship is wonderfully simple and completely believable I’ve just about had my fill of insta love and love triangles lately so it was great to read about a girl and a boy who are just friends Believe it or not writers it can happen The ending is just perfect although it did make me almost cry in public I know it’s a bit early in the year to be talking about best reads but Longbow Girl currently holds the title of my favourite book of 2016 so far

  4. Haley S Haley S says:

    To be honest I am not at all impressed It was kind of slow in the beginning and confusing But I did find out that this is Linda's first young adult novel So I am giving her some slack Even with that I still didn't enjoy that much

  5. Lorien Rhys ~ Live for tomorrow Lorien Rhys ~ Live for tomorrow says:

    Goodness there are a lot of words for this book One in particular would be OUTSTANDING Sorry I had to use all capitals because this book is probably my favorite book in 2016 That said let's get on with the reviewThe book starts out with a girl named Merry Owen who can use a longbow and is superb with it These days you don't see girls in books who use a bow either that or they hardly use it in the book I was so excited when I saw this on Barnes and Noble All I did was read a few pages and it instantly made me want to buy it All the characters are excellent and fell right in place with the story There's some Welsh history in it also Another thing I loved about this story was that it was set in Wales Someday I would like to live in Wales so when I saw that the story was in Wales how could I refuse? If you haven't bought this book I strongly urge you to buy it ;

  6. Georgia Georgia says:

    A great stand alone story The world Linda Davies builds really drew me in and Merry was a great character it was easy to stand with her and get behind her on her adventure little bit of a spoiler here I do like a good romance story but most books with a female protagonist really tend to over do the whole star crossed lovers thing and this book handled the romance subtly and as a sub plot which really appealed their friendship their heritage and the story came firstI'll definitely be re reading this it already feels like an old favourite

  7. Chris Aylott Chris Aylott says:

    Despite a little clunky exposition early on Longbow Girl has everything you need for a classic YA adventure action mystery and a protagonist with a uniue and interesting skill set In this case the protagonist is Merry Owen a modern day Welsh 15 year old whose family land depends on a centuries old commitment to be longbow archers for the British Crown Merry's bow skills sharp eye and a tendency to be in the right place at the right time leads her back to the 16th century and a challenge before Henry VIII which should strain credibility but flows naturally from the events as they happen The plot takes some nice twists along the way the characters are engaging and there's plenty of lore about bows and Welsh ponies This is the kind of adventure story that thrilled me as a kid and I enjoyed it even when my daughter waved it under my nose and ordered me to read it

  8. Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn says:

    I really really enjoyed reading this book for many reasons the main being that Merry is amazing but another is that it took place in Wales The author did an amazing job describing the scenery and introducing you to the folk lore and history Merry was a great character she was badass fearless but willing to admit when she was scared She took chances but properly prepared for them before just jumping in She learned from her mistakes and cared for her family and friends Also she is a BAMF with the longbowAlso thank god for a normal romance that didn't at all take over the narrative yay for being friends first

  9. Jill Golla Jill Golla says:

    My 6th grade son and i listened to the audio because it is a Lone Star book Even though the title has Girl in it I think it appeals to both genders because the girl is far from a princess She has a supporting character male friend The book involves mystery time travel archery and to keep everyone interested

  10. Isabel Isabel says:

    35 starsI don't really remember why I put this book on hold 'D I saw it somewhereAnywho let's start with settingThe setting felt a little awkward to me view spoilerexcept the 500 yrs ago sections hide spoiler

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Longbow Girl ❰PDF❯ ✍ Longbow Girl Author Linda Davies – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk A stunningly exciting and dramatic story set in the wilds of the Welsh mountains where the brave and beautiful Merry Owen the Longbow Girl travels back in time to the autocratic kingdom of King Henry A stunningly exciting and dramatic story set in the wilds of the Welsh mountains where the brave and beautiful Merry Owen the Longbow Girl travels back in time to the autocratic kingdom of King Henry VIII to save her ancestorsSteeped in history ancient lore and crackling with tension between the central characters Merry and James Longbow Girl explores the themes of who we are and who we can become when fighting for those we love and for our very lives Are we prisoners of our history or can we break free Can we become all that we need to be to meet the ultimate challenge of life and death in the King’s Tournament and in the dungeons of the Black Castle.