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Cry of the Icemark (The Icemark Chronicles #1)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  7,327 ratings  ·  444 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 January 3rd 2005)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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
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
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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
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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--
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!
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
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Gav451
A book which is clearly written for the teenage / younger market should no be dismissed out of hand because of that. My son recommended this book and so I read it and thoroughly enjoyed it while I did.

It was a nice change to read a book where the main character is not only a young female but one who is genuinely tough and who when forced to lead a nation does so from the front without having to ever become a victim or use her wily womanly charms. She is a full on proper heroic protagonist. I lik
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Aneuwoman
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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
Em-nat
"Cry of the Icemark" is one of the most sickeningly misogynistic YA stories I have ever had the misfortune of reading. I’m surprised at how many readers have managed to delude themselves into thinking that Hill has written a female role-model in Therin, considering how antagonistic and hateful she is toward all the other female characters she meets in the book (literally, all of them), and her constant insistence on surrounding herself with no one but men. Even her animal companions are male. At ...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
Shauna
I demoted this to two stars. The children enjoyed it for the most part, but it seemed to drag on at the end. Predictable . . . and a bit boring. It started out promising. We really liked it when Therrin punched the werewolf, and then he ended up being the king of the werewolves and eventually swore allegiance to her. But, when the 14 year old heroine takes over the country and the army when her father dies . . . it got boring and predictable.

Therrin is an amazing soldier and everyone defers to
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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
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Scott
From the outset, this story seems contrived and not very deeply thought out. The story begins with a detailed history-book style narrative of the kingdom of Icemark (breaking the vaunted "show, don't tell" rule), and then moves on into some very "staged" plot devices. Example: In the second chapter, the "werewolf" our heroine has captured and brought back to her father's castle (Aren't werewolves supposed to change back into human form at some point? If not, it's not "were," it's just a "wolf.") ...more
Joely Tatsey
This book was in medieval times, and describes a princess, who later realizes she has more capability, and who seems to love fighting but she soon finds out that her skills come in handy.
I would say more and go WAY deeper into the description, but all I can think of is a few spoilers, so I will stop myself here.
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
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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.
Aelvana
The beginning was appalling, but it did get better. Thirrin is a 14 year old princess forced to become queen when her father dies and take her country to war against one of the biggest armies the world has ever seen. I thought she was an arrogant little prick in the beginning (not very helpful when this is the main character), but Osken, once I got past the utterly clichè and overdone Hints Of Destiny, was okay. The worldbuilding was mediocre, which also annoyed me. So you have this huge empire ...more
Tayler Morrell
Yaay! I finally finished my first book of the summer.
I had actually stolen this book from my younger sister about 4 years ago, read the first 10 pages, then never finished it. It's been on my shelf ever since then and taunting me, so I finally decided to read it.
And, there is a reason this easy, 400 page YA fantasy-adventure took two and half weeks to finish!


Via
Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill is about Thirrin, Freer Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield, the 14-year-old crown princess of the cold, sn
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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
Daphne
The Cry of the Icemark is an excellent fantasy novel with a lot of military strategy and battle. It was a little predictable at times and the main characters had somewhat shallow development but it was written for a younger age group than what I usually read and I think that's the reason for that.

It's still a really nice story that I would recommend to people who enjoy military strategy and well written fights.
Fantasy Literature
The Cry of the Icemark has some excellent imaginative material to work with, but it's almost as if once the author struck gold with the idea, he decided to leave it lying in the ground. The Cry of the Icemark therefore ends up disappointing more than rewarding.

It follows 14-yr-old Thirrin, princess and heir to the throne of Icemark, a small northern kingdom threatened by an aggressive massive southern empire and its never-lost-a-battle general. To survive, Thirrin and her father decide to look t
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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.
Marissa
I feel like it took me forever to finish this book, but it was really good and I would recommend it to someone who loves to read fantasy/fiction. The protagonist, Thirrin, is amazing and if I could inherit her personality, I'm pretty sure I could rule the world. Here were some of my favorite quotes from the book:
' You are about to enter the realms of human beings. Be prepared for cruelty and kindness,for friendship and hatred. People are made of all possibilities and conditions. '
' Bring me ligh
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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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