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Cry of the Icemark (The Icemark Chronicles #1)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  5,687 ratings  ·  393 reviews
An epic, highly acclaimed fantasy that has just been optioned as a feature film by Fox 2000! 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. Thirrin Freer Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield, a beautiful princess and an intrepid warrior, must find a way to protect her land fro...more
ebook, 496 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published December 31st 2005)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Cry of the Icemark was a stirring military fantasy adventure. The author really took the time to bring the cultures of 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...more
Jocelyn
2.5 stars

Marginally entertaining, but the sheer amount of exposition overwhelms any sense of genuine excitement or tone. If an author has to stop the story every time he needs to explain something, it really sucks out every ounce of possible tension and atmosphere. Hill seems to be aware of this--he tries to lessen the exposition by having it delivered by the characters just as much as the narration--but there's just so much of it I was left to wonder if the story was even worth the effort it to...more
Charissa Sophia de la Rosa
I bought this book last 2010 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!


What I Love:

-The plot and writing style! Excellent made and perfectly-written!
I'm not a fan of war books, but because of this masterpiece, it made a boring war s...more
mary
Τρομερό βιβλίο!Η Θιρίν και ο Όσκαρ είναι και οι δύο πολύ δυναμικοί και γενναίοι χαρακτήρες και η χημεία μεταξύ τους απίστευτη!Δεν έχω διαβάσει ούτε έχω δει το game of thrones αλλά σύμφωνα με την πλοκή αυτό το βιβλίο μου το θυμίζει πολύ!
Krista (One Love) (Critical)
I'm not a big fan of war books, but I gave this one a try because I thought there would be more to it. There wasn't. The characters were intriguing, and some of them likable, but they had absolutely no development. One could argue that Thirrin grows stronger etc. but really...she was strong from the very beginning, and she never became any less arrogant, or any more likable. Then there was Oskan, the love friend/possible love interest who really was more of a slave for Thirrin to boss around tha...more
Kristen
This is probably one of my favorite books. I first read this when it was published a few years back and fell in love with the Icemark. I wanted to live there. I adored the werewolves, was impressed by the vampires, and LOVED the snow leopards. Thirrin was the perfect young queen. I read this book over and over and over because it gives a new flavor to worn out species and stories. I was stunned to learn Stuart Hill had written more--
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Kat
The series is aimed at MG and YA readers, but the books really do have something for everyone: magic, romance, war, and most importantly, hilarious and endearing characters.

Thirrin Freer Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield is the thirteen year old princess of the Icemark, a tiny snowbound country surrounded on all sides by enemies and harsh mountain wilderness. When the powerful Polypontian Empire, led by the conniving General Scipio, turn their enormous eye on the unprotected Icemark at last and her...more
Angela
This is a debut novel with strong promises that the author will hone his craft as other books come along.; but it was a first novel, and it shows. There was a lot of telling of characters' thoughts and motivations (which I tended to skip because they often went on for pages), instead of *showing* their thoughts/motives in more powerful ways. Sometimes the dangerous action, especially in the early chapters, came out of nowhere and didn't seem plausible. Moreover, I was distracted by the feeling t...more
Chris
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 Thirrin Freer Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield, a beautiful princess and an intrepid warrior, who must find a way to protect her land from a terrible invasion. She will forge an extraordinary alliance of noble Snow Leopards, ancient Vampires, and ferocious Wolf-folk. She will find unexpected strength in her friendship with a young warlock. And she will lead h...more
Catherine Fitzsimmons
A children’s novel by a debut author about a young queen who must make allies with mystical neighbors and lead her people into war with a massive and highly advanced invading army that seeks to destroy her country. I had high hopes for this book based on the synopsis, and given that it was in the adult clearance section of the bookstore, I didn’t realize it was a children’s book until I started reading it. It was alright for a children’s book, again entertaining, but nothing to write home about....more
Amanda Duarte
I do not recommend this book if you are someone who is a fan of Tamora Pierce and other quality authors of the fantasy realm. The characters are flat, bland, entirely undeveloped and unoriginal, and half of them can't seem to decide what sort of overall voice they will have in the entire book. The young Thirrin, and mind you this is a 13-year-old-who-turns-14-in-the-book, is nothing more than a royal brat. She constantly loses her temper with absolutely no consequences to follow, and while I lov...more
Jessi Brown
Cry of the Icemark is the story of young Thirrin, a warrior princess to the land of Icemark. Shortly after her 14th birthday, she is officially made heir to the throne in the case of her father's death. Soon after, an army from the south begins to invade north towards Icemark hoping to overtake the small land and claim it as its own. After her father's brave death in battle Thirrin is then faced with the large responsibility of Queen. Knowing she cannot defeat the invading army she reaches out t...more
Mackenzie Hendricks
The first installment of the Icemark Chronicles by Stuart Hill is set in the fantasy land of the Icemark and follows 14-year-old Princess Thirrin Freer Strong-in-the-arm Lindenshield, Wildcat of the North. When the small land is threatened by the large, industrialized Polypontian Empire Thirrin seeks desperately to find allies to prevent her small land from being destroyed. Werewolves, vampires, witches, and much more exist in the lands around her, but convincing them to fight with her is a batt...more
Ashton
I really enjoyed this one. I've had it for a couple of years (given by a friend) and never got around to reading it until yesterday. It was fun, engaging, and keeps you interested the whole way. I am looking forward to the sequels to arrive at my library so I can pick them up!

Hill uses an interesting mix of the British and Roman Empires to model the Polypontians on - down to "vini vidi vici" being their announcement and so forth. Some of the parallels made me groan, but not for long. The story o...more
Nira
I still remember the incident in which I bought this book. Out with some friends for lunch, spent all my money and only a few twenties left, I saw The Cry of the Icemark in a bookstore and after a quick glance at the blurb I simply had to have it.

The storytelling was vibrant. I felt there was this nice mingling of seriousness and urgency as well as humour. The humour was well portrayed in a way that didn't downplay the danger. The book wasn't macabre or too dark, which led me to think it was pro...more
Laura
A fun read. I really liked that the story ended without a cliff hanger, but I would still love to see the characters again.
Ariah
When I first picked up this book, I read the first couple chapters and then set it aside for a year or two. It doesn't initially grab you and for a bit you think to yourself, "Why am I reading this?" However, when I eventually did pick it back up I was blown away. The author does a great job of showing you the characters and making you feel for them. The fact that the author is a historian mean that the book has amazing details when it comes to warfare. The Icemark, which is the country that the...more
Aleksandra
Let me first admit that I did not read the book thouroughly; I just skimmed through it.
I did not like it: I was unconvinced by the characters and their actions, rather disinterested in the plot development that seemed too predictable and baffled at times by the author's ideas about the way battles are fought and won. I hated the formidable and yet cute Snow Leopards, the dangerous and yet friendly wolfmen and the snarky yet helpful vampires, I hated the fact that the genius commander of the Evi...more
Drakaina
Apr 01, 2014 Drakaina rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Very young readers. Certainly NOT FOR FANS OF MILITARY HISTORY unless they want a huge facepalm
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
All right, I am definitely out of the age range of this book and I have apparently outgrown the phase when one-dimension characters in 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 even loved.

I decided to give it two stars instead of one for one simple reason: the plot and characters can earn one star at best (since there is no "no-stars" option), while I do see some potential in...more
Zanthie * ♫ The Music Freak ♪ *
Mmmm, this is one of those books that stays with you. I read it years ago, but still remember the plot perfectly. It wasn't one of the most original books around, but it did have small, satisfying twists. All three books are good, though the second has to be my favourite.
This is aimed for the younger end of the teens I think, but that's just my opinion. A great book :)
Barbara ★
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the challenges that the heroine faced and how she was able to overcome them.

I actually read this twice as when the second book came out I couldn't remember the particulars and decided to read it again. Just as good the second time around.
Susan
Along with a marvelous and multi-species cast, this debut doorstopper features a teenaged warrior queen, naive but a quick study, desperately seeking allies against the invading armies of a mighty empire. When her beloved, larger-than-life royal father falls while repelling the first army sent by the sprawling Polypontus Empire, Thirrin quickly discovers that effective rule requires more than an abiding delight in feats of arms. Aided by Oskan, a quarrelsome young warlock, and other unlikely adv...more
Jami
I finally read this after starting it a couple times. This was not in my genres of books that I usually read so a bit more violent and fantasy than I like. Overall, I liked the story but it just went on for too long.
Amaranth
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Vi è mai capitato che una zia vi regalasse un libro che non avete mai notato o sentito nominare? Certo, già solo per il fatto di avervi regalato un libro è la migliore, soprattutto se è una mosca bianca tra gli altri familiari che si schermano dietro un: «Leggi già tanto». Neanche fosse una malattia.
Comunque, benché infinitamente grata del dono, ho messo Icemark da parte fino a che, in un momento di panico noto come “non-ho-nulla-da-leggere”, mi è ricap...more
Joanne
This was an awesome book, one that I'd recommend this to children and adults alike. It had it all, great characters and a great plot that kept me interested till the very last page
Nessa
Oct 27, 2008 Nessa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: teens
This is my favorite book of all time. Romance, fantasy, war, ect. all rolled into one. I loved it.
Jill
This book ended up being pretty good. It took me awhile to get into it.
Elizabeth Fitzgerald
This was a nice light adventure that suffered a bit from being fairly predictable. The characters were lacking in depth, coming across as being rather simplistic and always being exactly as they seemed. At no point do they surprise you. A number of the characters seemed to serve simply as plot functions--the Wolf King in particular and he quickly lost his role to Tharaman.

This was published in the same year as Twilight and I think it has probably suffered in the wake of the hype. There are vampi...more
Marie-Josee Larouche
Aug 21, 2011 Marie-Josee Larouche rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a really good novel to read!
The beginning was a little slow and I found it a little bit hard to get into at first but further in the book, it got a lot better. The wording and everything is old fashioned, Middle Age, sort of thing. It's what drew me into this book.

The Cry of the Icemark is about a young warrior princess soon to be Queen. Her father Reddrought is the king of the region of the Icemark.

This glorius novel is about over-coming stuggles in the face of battle, the sacrifice of friends, love, endearing relationsh...more
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Stuart Hill was born in Leicester, in the East Midlands of England, where he still lives today. His family heritage includes English, Irish, Romany and Jewish blood. As a student his grades were average at best, but he was fortunate to have a teacher who inspired in him a lifelong love of reading. Since leaving school, he has worked as a teacher and an archaeologist, and now balances life as both...more
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