The Cry of the Icemark (The Icemark Chronicles)

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When her father dies in battle, fourteen-year-old Thirrin becomes Queen of the Icemark, determined to defend her tiny kingdom from the most terrible invasion her nation has ever known. This is the epic story of how she rallies her country and finds some extraordinary new allies: Vampires, Wolf-folk, giant Snow Leopards - and most precious of all, her friend Oskan, Witch's Son.

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Stuart Hill was born in Leicester, in the East Midlands, where he still lives. He has worked as a car trimmer, a cemetery gardener, a teacher, archaeologist and bookseller. He now writes full-time. The Cry of the Icemark is his first novel for children.

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Grade 5-8–This novel by Stuart Hill (Chicken House, 2005) features an intriguing blend of lore about Ancient Rome, Norse culture and legends, and tales of werewolves and vampires. Hill's British background flavors the tale, and a very British reading by Heather O'Neill contributes a fine cast of voices to the story. Thirrin, the 13-year-old princess of Icemark, must contend with the loss of her warrior-king father to invading armies, reminiscent of Roman armies as they conquered all in their path. To save her country, she forges tricky alliances with the people to her north—werewolves, the evil Vampire King and Queen and their minions, and the giant Snow Leopards. The story follows her travels along with her tutor, Oskan, a fussy, light-hearted scholar. Another companion and growing love interest is a young warlock with amazing powers. An Amazon-like people also join the coalition and all prepare for the coming invasion. Uncertainty about whether or not the more untrustworthy and frightening of her allies will actually show up in time to help the cause adds to the suspense, as does the fate of the warlock whose powers are almost beyond his ability to wield safely. O'Neill contributes an amazing array of voices and accents, including werewolves with a strong Scottish burr. Her voice is light and fairly high, so her pitch for the deeper-voiced characters is not always totally successful, but her other vocal talents more than make up for this lack. Fantasy fans and those with some familiarity with ancient history will enjoy this inventive tale.–Jane P. Fenn, Corning-Painted Post West High School, NY
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