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Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Grade –This epic fantasy has at its center a Book 1 of 3 in The Icemark Chronicles (3 Book Series). The Cry of The Icemark is the first novel in the Icemark Trilogy. It follows Thirrin Freer Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield, the year old heir to the throne of. Philip Ardagh gets caught up in Stuart Hill’s epic fantasy, The Cry of the Icemark.

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The Icemark is a kingdom in grave danger. Its king has been killed in battle, its enemy lies in wait, and its fate rests on the shoulders of one girl. Crry Freer Icemak Lindenshield, a beautiful princess and an intrepid warrior, must find a way to protect her land from a terrible invasion.

She will forge an extraordinary alliance of noble Snow Leopards, ancie The Icemark is a kingdom in grave danger. She will forge an extraordinary alliance of noble Snow Leopards, ancient Vampires, and ferocious Wolf-folk.

She will icemak unexpected strength in her friendship with a young warlock. And she will lead her allies to victory with her fierce battle cry: Paperback icemakr, pages. Published April 1st by Scholastic Paperbacks first published January 3rd The Icemark Chronicles 1. Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Is it actually like a junior game of thrones. Stettafire It hasn’t really got much in common with Game of Thrones other then being both set in a medieval fantasy world. See all 3 questions about The Cry of the Icemark…. Lists with This Book. Fans of military fantasy.

The Cry of the Icemark (The Icemark Chronicles: Book 1)

Cry of the Icemark was a stirring military fantasy adventure. The author really took the time to bring the cultures icemarj this novel to life.

I could see that Icemark people seemed to be modelled after the Scandinavians, while Thyrrin’s mother’s peoples, the Hypollitan must have been based on the Amazons. And the Polipontans seemed to be like the Roman Empire.

The battle scenes were fantastic–thrilling and very well-written. I got the impression that Mr. Hill took these elements very seriously and Cry of the Icemark was a stirring military fantasy adventure. Hill took these elements very seriously and worked hard to get this part right and make it feel realistic. And I appreciated that, and I am sure that his younger readers probably do as well. Although not excessively gory, I felt all the inherent threat and bloody nature of battle.

The element of loss is very evident in this story, and I definitely could appreciate the horrible odds that Thyrrin’s people faced with an enormous invading force pitted against their smaller country. However, the Icemark people quickly proved that they wouldn’t easily be conquered. Along with their fierce nature, there were elements of their rich sense of family and tradition, many aspects that would have been destroyed or wiped away by the Polipontans, who cared nothing for other cultures, only the assimilation of their lands and raw resources.


Thyrrin is a young heroine that I just loved.

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She was born to be a queen, and she showed a multi-facetedness to her hhe that brought her to vivid life. She’s very strong and the kind of leader you want to have when you are facing a mammoth invading force who wants to wipe your people off the face of the earth. On the other hand, it’s clear that she is very young and still learning a lot about leadership, courage, and humanity.

I really wanted to give her a hug for all that she dealt with in this novel. I loved her friend, Oskan, Witch’s Son too. He had cgy mystique, and a wisdom that was much greater than his young years.

I also loved his wry sense of humor and the fact that he icemari took himself too importantly, despite his incredible latent power. He was a good companion to Thyrrin, able to deal with her sometimes hot-headed arrogance, and to soothe her very recognizable fears with the voice of reason ccry comfort when she seemed like she couldn’t handle one more burden.

In fact, most of the tye were well-drawn and excellently narrated by Heather O’Neill. This book really got me sucked in. I found myself cheering for Thyrrin and her warriors the Hypollitan warrior women were freaking awesomeand hating General Scipio Bellaron.

I loved the werewolves and the snow leopards, both groups having a ton of personality. This book would have great as just a straight military historical fantasy, but the supernatural elements elevated it to an even more interesting level.

There was so much to like about this story. It really got me revved up. I was excited to listen to it, and sad but satisfied xry it ended. It was definitely a five star listen for this reader.


I look forward to the reading the other books in this series. View all 12 comments. Mar 23, If rated it it was ok Recommends it for: All right, I am definitely out of the age range of this book and I have apparently outgrown the phase icemsrk one-dimension characters cr a straightforward plot can win my heart.

Now, could they ever? I’m not so sure, but the five-star reviews from young readers show that the book is appreciated and tue loved. I decided to give it two stars instead of one for one simple reason: I must admit that I quite liked the way the vampires were presented as the bored, tired with immortality and yet clinging to their existence beings if only they had served anything at all in the plot and their characters had any individuality – well, the latter applies to just every single character in the book.

However, all such things cannot save a plot as thin as the most luxurious vellum, or characters that are as bland as it gets. The plot moves from one predictable event to another, and the characters are characterless pawns on a chessboard with a set game. I wonder if crry at any point doubted that Thirrin would persuade the potential allies to joining her, let alone if anyone anticipated the outcome of any of the battles. First the whole city is evacuated and the inhabitants make a tiresome march to the safety of the north, to escape invasion.

Apart from the fact that this is damn stupid, it also has no consequences: However, when the army goes back in a matter of weeks having the whole populace of a big city relocated to a smaller one without any economic problems whatsoeverthere is no sign of the battle, even though all those corpses covered in snow and ice should make a gruesome view. For some time the capital is empty but the Enemy does not think about repopulating it they don’t have to storm it anymore, since it’s EMPTYso conveniently the Icemarkians come down and simply march in, and the city is fully icemar despite its abandonment in the middle of a very hard winter.


Then the small province of the north supplies the army with food, fodder and anything else, the drafted army performs like a professional one after several weeks of training, we get a tedious and over-extended not to mention unconvincing to downright stupid from icemari military point of view description of the battle of Minas Tirith Frostmarris and the book ends.

At first glance Or expected to enjoy the world: Add to it cryy original werewolves and vampires – all this looks quite well. If only these lands were inhabited by people and not stereotypes And if the author had ov fallen into one of my most hated pits: I could not bear the Snow Leopards at all, sorry fans.

iemark Still, the idea to use as many cultures as possible is a good one, but please Mr. Hill, add some life to your world and characters! And now comes the worst: The author is an archaeologist it shows, but it does not guarantee good writingbut has no idea about strategy, tactics, logistics and warfare in general.

Moreover, he makes the mistake beginner’s perhaps that he mostly multiplies the numbers of troops instead of thinking about tactics; and what is even worse, he declares throughout the book that the evil and cruel general of the Enemy, a certain Scipio Bellorum, is a military genius.

The problem is, Mr. Bellorum’s tactics are as naive and silly as it gets, and any army would have him hung or murdered for the way he treats his officers, in the matter of weeks.

A lesson for Mr. Hill to learn from history books: Oh, and I forgot to say that a small city with a tiny garrison withstands ten days of siege when their walls had been breached in several places by a huge army. The army cannot take the city despite the military genius of their commander. And no, the inhabitants don’t set fire to their city. And mind you, this is not Tolkien, this is supposed to be realistic.

And this is it: Even the scene when Oskan has to choose between being a Black Witch or a White Witch is ot and devoid of dramatism. There is no single traitor or badass in Icemark, there is no place for good Polypontians.

I don’t know, maybe this changes in the sequels, but I am not sure if I am going to check it. I bought this book last in a book fair at my school and after reading it, set it aside. But now that I rummaged through my library and saw it again, I decided to read it. But then, after I read the first paragraph of the first page, I got hooked just like what happened to me two years ago!

With this book, you’ll never get bored!