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Blade of Fire (The Icemark Chronicles #2)

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,787 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
Many years have passed since Queen Thirrin and her allies defended the Icemark against a brutal invasion. But now General Bellorum is back, along with his bloodthirsty spawn, twin sons even more vicious than him. Thirrin and Oskan also have a family: two girls and three boys. But darkness lurks within the House of Lindenshield: Medea, the couple's cold-hearted, fifteen-yea ...more
Paperback, 574 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published September 4th 2006)
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Joanie
Jan 25, 2010 Joanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 continues the Saga of the never ending battle of the IceMark. I must say that I have been totally engulfed by all species. To the point thhat sometimes I forget if I am thinking about Wolf folk , Snow Leopards or human kind. The relationship between the species are so human that sometimes their does not seem to even be a difference. Book 2 has you swapping locations within a moment. One moment you are in the great room of the Icemark Palace. Next you will be crossing the creepy land of th ...more
S.  Dixon, DTR
May 13, 2009 S. Dixon, DTR rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
May I be the first to say, that this book was awesome. The first couple of chapters were refreshing in how they caught you up to speed. And as you asked yourself questions they were answered. As when I was trying to calculate, how old was Thirrin when she got married and started having all those children? Cressida comes along as says " When my mother was around my age, she was queen of the icemark, married and already had a child." How great is that, an author who knows how to fill in all the li ...more
Aneuwoman
Apr 15, 2009 Aneuwoman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lucinda
May 17, 2013 Lucinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A supremely satisfying read which deservedly is called a ‘page-turner’

This fantastic book will have you shivering in delight from the moment when thirteen-year-old heroine, Princess Thirrin, punches a Werewolf on the nose…you know instantly that you are in for a rollicking good read. Well-written and highly readable, the original and sometimes quirky approach to a historical fantasy is like nothing I have encountered before and which is what sets this series apart from many others. I thought th
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Christina
Mar 14, 2008 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, military action fans
Shelves: fantasy
This is a sequel to Cry Of The Icemark. It takes place 20 years after the first book, when the teenage Thirrin from book 1 is now a grown woman, queen, and mother to 5 teenagers. The main focus of this book is 14 year old Charlemagne ("Sharley"), who because of a disabled leg is the family pet and not a warrior like everyone else he knows. War comes to the Icemark again when bad guy Bellorum decides to get revenge on this puny kingdom that defeated him 20 years earlier. I really liked this book ...more
Abigail
Apr 24, 2013 Abigail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was by far my favourite of the series because the action was widespread and intense. Charlemagne journey I found most interesting because of the growth and strength that he finds within himself during the book, I am also a sucker for the stories were the 'wallflower' as such becomes the hero.Not to mention Stuart Hill excels at world building, I can truly believe everything he writes making me want to jump into the action on my page. I would recommend this book for all ages(maybe not u ...more
Marissa
Apr 23, 2015 Marissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one took me a while to finish this one, but it was just as good as the first one, at some points even better! In this book, you are introduced to Thirrin's son, Sharly, and I think I might like him even more than I liked Thirrin in the first book! Excited to see if there is another book, although I really think the series has ended. Who knows? Here were some of my favorite quotes:
'That's not what I meant Sharly, and you know it,' Cressida answered sharply, 'Not all warriors carry swords a
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Kristen
Sep 25, 2011 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a tad nervous when I picked up this book. I love Cry of the Icemark and was skeptical about going back 20 years later. However, it worked and worked VERY well. The new allies were splendid and only Stuart Hill could have made them work so very well. I almost cried at one point, but there, you have to go and read the book yourself! I am going to add this to my books to read over and over-in fact, it is a GREAT series! I would recommend it to anyone to read!
Nick
Feb 09, 2009 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the second book of this series, I learned that small battles can win the war. I loved this book even more than the first one, and I loved the detail. Another war with the Empire leads to much more trouble, and Oskan's evil witch sister Medea is out to get him throughout the entire book. More impossible allies are made during this book. If you are ever bored and like action/violence/war, then I suggest this book to you!
Ashton
Feb 25, 2010 Ashton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this as much as the first. Fun book, interesting twists in story, etc. Easy read, but I again enjoyed the world Hill has created. Even with all of the use of things that exist in our world, and even use of their names and some modern colloquialisms in the characters' speech. I don't think all of his choices are in the best taste, I wouldn't say it's great literature, again, but it was fun.
Kim Johnson
Only 200 pages in, and I had to make the difficult decision to return "Blade of Fire." I normally try to stick books out until the end, but with this one, I just didn't see it as worth my time.

I thought "The Cry of the Icemark" was entertaining, and I looked forward to reading the sequel. I started into the book and was excited to read about Thirrin and Oskan's new adventures. But I felt that the book quickly turned into a repeat of the first book. The Polypontian Empire was going to invade the
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Daphne
I liked this book slightly better than the first, it had more characters and more variety in places that were described. This makes it a nicer read with some more change between chapters, instead of constantly staying in the north we saw more of the world. It was nice to see Thirrin's kids and to see how things have changed in 20 years.

I did think the villains were still a little undeveloped, even Medea, who makes a pretty big decicion not to help her family, barely gets a good motivation for h
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Ariah
Apr 08, 2014 Ariah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Icemark Chronicles was my favorite out of all of them. This series was my favorite when I was in high school and rereading them in college, they are still my favorite. The Blade of Fire follows all the characters you loved in the first book but adds new ones. Thirrin's children are now the focal characters, her youngest being the main character of the book. Prince Charlemagne was crippled as a boy and never allowed to train as a warrior like his siblings. When the country ...more
Gigi Anderson
Jan 20, 2015 Gigi Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: continued-series
I loved Thirrin and I love her children. They all have problems that they over come in interesting ways. The old characters are just as remarkable and are added to perfectly with new characters.
Inkylizard
Jan 05, 2014 Inkylizard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the second novel of his series, Stuart Hill expands the medieval realm of the Icemark to include new lands, cultures, and characters. Joining the well-loved characters of "The Cry of the Icemark" are a range of allies, enemies, and unlikely heroes that only add to the appeal of Hill's masterfully-created world.
Thirrin and her friends are faced with new and powerful weapons as Scipio Bellorum and his sons return to the Icemark to exact revenge for the Empire's defeat twenty years ago. Knowing
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Ketandu
Mar 12, 2015 Ketandu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads, favorites
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Nicole
Nov 13, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how Stuart opened up the world. The north was so amazingly explored in the first book, and it was great to see him do the same thing with the rest of it this time. I loved that he explored both plots relating to and war/political movements. He showed that it's not just one big battle and done, but an ongoing effort. The fact that he included the siege and the psychological suffering that it causes, was really effect to showing that.

Oh, the characters and their poor parenting/family relat
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Gav451
Aug 02, 2015 Gav451 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second in the series my son recommended to me. Its a better book and the last one was good.

Once again it is great to read a book where the women and girls are not simply there as a romantic interest or to be victims. In this books the female characters are on an absolute par with the males and in fact of the core group the females tend to be the action heroes and the males the more emotionally aware and cerebral. It is a huge credit to the author however that this does not feel out of place,
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Rhys
Mar 13, 2013 Rhys rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on ThirstforFiction.com

Twenty years have passed since Thirrin and her allies managed to defeat the huge army of Scipio Bellorum. Bellorum is getting old, but he still hasn’t lost any of his arrogance, and he’s coming to try and conquer the allied forces for a second time. This time, he has a weapon that will be able to destroy the Icemark for good. But he might not need to because Medea, one of the royal couple’s offspring, is poisoning the family from within…

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Kat
This sequel to Cry of the Icemark could well be called Icemark: NG-- Icemark: The Next Generation. I was skeptical at first when I saw that this book skipped ahead twenty years and picked up just as a new battle with the Polypontian Empire and the vicious General Scipio Bellorum was about to be waged for the Icemark. Bellorum is accompanied by his teenage sons, Sulla and Octavius (Ring a bell, much? Yep, the Polypontian Empire are more or less the Romans.), tactical geniuses like himself who are ...more
Aidan
Jul 25, 2008 Aidan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All fantasy lovers.
Stuart Hill writes a mesmerizing, enchanting story. A page turner, this book will satisfy one's search for a well-written fantasy. If one loved "The lord of the Rings," "Dragon Rider ... more »," "Artemis Fowl," "Eragon," or other great books in this genre, one will agree with me that this masterpiece and it's prequel will always be classics. 5 stars all the way. (Although, do not be discouraged by a couple monotonous chapters.) When Scipio Bellorum returns to wage war on the Icemark, Queen Thi ...more
Patrick
Jun 22, 2010 Patrick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I had such lukewarm feelings about the first book that I held off on this many times when I saw it sitting on the library shelf. I just grabbed it the other day and read it. I like it more than the first one--the main character, the son of the hero of the first book, is a sympathetic character. I like how he learns more how to rehab his polio-ravaged leg in a different culture. But the characters are just too stereotypical just like the first book. Lots of noble nobleness, brave bravery, making ...more
Melies Buchlounge
Die Eismark wird durch einen alten und mächtigen Feind bedroht. Die Lage ist äußerst gefährlich. Die einzige Chance zur Rettung liegt in den Kräften von Königin Thirrins Kindern. Der 14 jährige Sharley wird ausgesandt um im Süden weitere Verbündeten zu gewinnen. Nach vielen Abenteuern kehrt er mit neuen Freunden nach Hause zurück, um in die längst entbrannte Schlacht einzugreifen. Doch der Gegner verfügt über furchtbare Waffen.

Meine Meinung zum Buch:
Das 2 Band von Die Herrscherin der Eismark ka
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Alex
Feb 22, 2008 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For this book's rating, I was caught in the middle of 3 stars and 4 stars. While it dragged on a bit and was a little too long for my liking, it wasn't terrible necessarily.

Blade of Fire is set nineteen years after the Cry of the Icemark ends. Thirrin and Oskan are married (surprise, surprise) and have five children. The Polypontian Empire was defeated, as was their general, Scipio Bellorum, but now he is back in business with his two sons, Sulla and Octavious, and he is ready to wipe the Kingdo
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Zainab
Jan 07, 2008 Zainab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: high leveled readers who want a challenge.
After the Cry of Icemark, it is revealed that Queen Thirrin and the warlock Oskan have finally accepted their love to each other and married. This book revolves mainly around their children. As the couple return from war with the Snow Leapords, they are faced with another difficulty. The general is back and he has gained force once again. Icemark is plunged into the perils of bloody battles yet again. They are forced to evacuate, so Thirrin sends her most beloved and youngest Charlemagne away. C ...more
08evync
Sep 06, 2011 08evync rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-reports
Blade of fire is 574 pages and is was written by Stuart Hill. The setting of this book took place in a kingdom of Ice Mark and in the Desert kingdom. The story is told in first person and is about a young boy named Charlement. Charlement or Sharley is a young prince of the age of 14 he is son to Oskan the witch father and Thirrin Queen of Ice Mark, at the age of 9 Sharley was hit by polio but luckily his father saved him but it made it so one of his legs is crippled and causes him to have a limp ...more
Mackenzie Hendricks
Blade of Fire, the second book in Stuart Hill's Icemark series, is [primarily told in the perspective of Thirrin's son Charlemagne. Due to a childhood accident, Charlemagne now has a crippled leg and so is unable to train for battle with his siblings. When the Polypontian Empire again troubles the Icemark, Charlemagne is charged with the task to lead their people to refuge. Expecting to never see his parents or siblings again, and facing his own lack of confidence, Charlemagne leaves for a stran ...more
Theodore
Sep 22, 2013 Theodore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book of the Icemark Chronicles to me has been a great book, and the second one, which is this one, I have to admit is once again a thrilling book, grabbing your attention and putting you off to the edge of your seats. One part that showed this a lot was this one: "Thirrin sagged down and leaned heavily against her sword. 'My friends, we must stand against an enemy we cannot fight.' She turned to Oskan, who stood, seemingly deep in thought, at the foot of banner. 'It's time we say our g ...more
Emma
Aug 11, 2013 Emma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Cry of the Icemark has long been one of my favorite books. Though I was slightly bothered by the unexplained similarities between the Polypontian Empire and the Roman Empire, the many merits of the book far outweighed the fault.
Unfortunately, in this book, I felt that much of the creativity and spirit I admired in the first book were lost. I was unhappy with the naming choices the Stuart Hill made for his new characters and countries. I felt that as he expanded his setting, rather than comi
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Galinor
Feb 24, 2012 Galinor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Blade of fire is a really entertaining book. I really liked it. It has a very interesting story to tell. It is the second time that General Bellorum attacks Icemark and this time the main protagonist is Sharley, a fourteen year old boy who has a weak foot and cannot fight. The book shows his adventure as he travels south allong with the Icemark women and children. I like how the book projects the importance of friendship as well as the different feuds between brothers and sisters which are s ...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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“A conflagration always made such a nice backdrop to a battle. Fire made everything so much more joyously apocalyptic.” 15 likes
“Sharley felt his strength ebbing away, and his weak leg throbbed painfully, but then a tingling sensation thrilled through his frame and the fighting blood of the Lindenshield clan began to roar through his veins. He drew breath and out crashed the war cry of the icemark... ” 10 likes
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