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The Cry of the Icemark (The Icemark Chronicles) Paperback – 3 Jan 2005
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As debut novels go, bookseller-turned-novelist Stuart Hills weighty book The Cry of the Icemark splashed down with an unusually large amount of pre-publication acclaim and even an early fresh talent award to its name. Its a big and bold read, fast-paced and exciting, stuffed full of fearsome battles and kingdoms lost and gained--the sort of book that young readers will consume with ease. Even at just under five hundred pages, it is certainly deserving of much of this initial fanfare.
Thirrin is the young, feisty princess who inherits the throne of Icemark--a small, northern ice-bound but proud country--when her father the king is killed after it is invaded by the army of a mighty southern empire. The invaders, who echo the style, names and conquering ambitions of ancient Rome, want nothing more than to annihilate Icemark's indigenous people and plunder its natural resources, and they quickly overrun the Capital city.
Thirrin grows up fast and takes her people further north to re-group and plan their return to power. The Young queen knows that she needs help to take back her country, and she moves quickly to bury the hatchet and longstanding animosities with Icemarks neighbours. Her potential allies include the Wolf-folk, the Forest people, Vampires from the Land-of-Ghosts and snow leopards from the top of the world. However, it is difficult to defeat an army whose soldiers never stop coming at you, despite all their losses in massive battles, but Thirrin must risk everything to try and achieve just that.
Hills book has a readability that will make it attractive to a lot of young book lovers. Its powerful, yet familiar, narrative sweeps you along and it is quite easy to get lost amongst its many pages. Heroines triumphing in a strange and fantastical land is engaging stuff and itll prove difficult to put down and then to forget.
(Age 10 and over) --John McLay
When her father dies in battle, fourteen-year-old Thirrin becomes Queen of the Icemark, a tiny kingdom forever caught between dangerous neighbours. But she bears a heavy burden. Thirrin must find a way to protect her people from the most terrible invasion that her nation has ever known - and do so before the end of the winter snows. "The Cry of the Icemark" is the glorious story of how she rallies her country and finds some extraordinary allies: Vampires, Wolf-folk and most noble of all, giant Snow Leopards. But it's also a heart-felt tale of duty and sacrifice, of unexpected laughter and awful uncertainty, and of a girl whose friendships are forged in the heat of battle.See all Product description
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The entire world comes alive as you follow Thirrin Strong-in- the-arm Lindenshield, Wild Cat of the North on her journey from the Icemark in search of allies to fight the evil empire's invasion.
Don't wait for the paperback, by the hardcover now!
Cry of the Icemark is a funny, endearing tale of friendship and personal sacrifice that everyone should read. It is to be found in the young adults section of the bookstore but it is a book that can be enjoyed by all ages. Basically everybody should read this book and if you don't normally like the fantasy genre you should read it anyway.
Do not despair, as you undoubtedly will when you reach the end, this is not the last we have heard of Thirrin and Oskan as the very talented Stuart Hill is currently penning a sequel. YEAH!!!
I am not one for giving 5 stars over generously but I believe this book thoroughly deserves the praise Barry gave it. At first glance you would probably consider the book is a bit long for a children's novel but as soon as you start reading you get absorbed into the story. It is a real page-turner and I believe Hill has created a fantastic world with great characters that both children and adults will enjoy. The heroine Thirrin is particularly likeable and you feel yourself rooting for her as the book proceeds.
Hill's descriptions of the battle scenes are extremely impressive and well thought out. All in all this is a very enjoyable book.
If you want to compare to Harry Potter, it is far superior to the last two Potter books.
All in all this is destined to be a classic.