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The Last Battle of the Icemark (The Icemark Chronicles #3)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  1,460 ratings  ·  77 reviews
With her murderous daughter, Medea, banished to the spirit world, Queen Thirrin's tiny kingdom of Icemark has enjoyed peace. But Medea is out for revenge. Allied with the King of the Darkness & his terrifying Ice Demons, the power of evil grows stronger day by day. The dark is rising & the Icemark & its allies must stop it.
Mass Market Paperback, 519 pages
Published July 7th 2008 by Chicken House
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S.  Dixon, DTR
I usually don't comment about a book until after I'm done reading it. Before I started this book I kept wondering what was it going to be about. I thought, the general and his crazy sons are dead, so who will they fight in the last battle. Then I mistakeningly read the note from the publisher about how this book will reveal the dimension behind the family conflict, and right away I knew MEDEA was back. Immediately my heart started to race and I dove into the pages. I am only up to page 19 and th ...more
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The Icemark Chronicles always thrill me, and getting the chance to read this book made me so excited. Once I began, however, it took a while to get into the story. I was eager for more of the series' trademark battle scenes and drama, but the first chunk of the book held only the slightest hints of those elements. Instead I found a seemingly endless night of celebration for the hero(in)es and copious insight into the villains’ unfathomable evil, which resulted in more malicious laughter than act ...more
The Cry of the Icemark was OK. It took me a while to really get into it enough to not be annoyed. I did like some of the characters quite well and the concept wasn't too bad. The dialogue was pretty stilted and awkward sometimes though. The heroine, Thirrin, becomes queen at 14, after the death of her father. She immediately has to go to war to defend her country from the evil (Roman-ish) Polypontian Empire to the south.
Blade of Fire was absolutely my favorite of the three. The youngest son of T
A lovely conclusion to a wonderful series. I wasn't all that thrilled that book 2 of the Icemark Chronicles skipped ahead like 20 years, but having read Blade of Fire, this book nicely finishes off the trilogy. Stuart Hill mixes dark humor, potty humor, supernatural powers, and much more. At times, it felt like the book dragged a little and some of the characters' actions didn't seem all that radical, but the overall effect is still a fun read.

Some descriptions are very detailed, which is genera
Y. C.
I think Stuart Hill wrote a wonderful ending to the series. Honestly, I couldn't have asked for anything more than what was given.

The first time I read this book I didn't like it at all. Mainly I was upset that the main character was Oskan and not Charlemagne, who was my favorite character in the series. I felt that though we hadn't explored Oskan's character in depth, we didn't need to know more. However, rereading it now I take it all back. This book does such a good job at showing us the struggle of good and evil. Not as a clash of two great armies, though there is that too (and it's awesome), but within the body of the ...more
The Last Battle of the Icemark by Stuart Hill was a marvelous book. Despite this being the end of the series, which in most cases would bring a tedious plot without much action, Stuart Hill was able to keep up the tension and action like in the other books. At times, my heart would skip a beat at sudden points where something unexpected happened. Other times, my stomach would churn in parts that looked like something terrible would occur. For example, "After they had gone, the darkness and silen ...more
Jan 07, 2010 Sue rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who enjoy action, war, friendships, and strong heroines
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The Last Battle of the Icemark is the concluding novel of the trilogy by Stuart Hill, set in the fantasy (albeit Earth-inspired world) of the Icemark and Polypontian empire. Like all the books in the trilogy, The Last Battle of the Icemark is no small book, and at just over 500 pages it isn’t a quick read either.

The Last Battle of the Icemark is set a few years after the happenings of Blade of Fire; Sharley is now 16ish, and both Oskan and
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Don't you know that moment when you haven't read an author's books for so long that when you do open one, it's awkward at first? The first few pages seem fast, childishly written, and you just can't seem to fall into them. Same scenario with this one. I've been away from Icemark for so long, I had forgotten Hill's narrative. I have to still credit him with being the greatest battle narrator. Ever. (Then again, I haven't read Tolkien's trilogy. Oh the shame. *Bangs head on wall.*)

*Spoilers in the
In this final book in the Icemark trilogy, Thirrin and her myriad of allies face what may be the greatest challenge to their nation yet: a brutal warrior Queen whom commands a legion of hoards into the realms of the Icemark and the Polypontian Empire. (Think the Mongols invading Europe.) Meanwhile Medea is caught in the limbo realm of the Darkness and plotting her revenge against her family and her father Oskan, whom she has come to loathe as much as she adores. She joins forces with Cronus, emb ...more
Mackenzie Hendricks
The final book in the Icemark series, entitled The Last Battle of the Icemark, follows all the characters of the first two books but is told mainly through Thirrin and Charlemagne. The Polypontian Empire is back with a great vengeance, but the greatest danger lies within the castle walls. The powerful witch that started her revengeful plans in Blade of Fire is now at the peak of her strength, and she will sacrifice everything to ruin the lives of the Royal Family.

Compared to the first two books
Barbara ★
A rather slow start but once the action begins, it continues nicely. There are two seperate wars going on: Thirrin and her allies - werewolves, vampires, snow leopards - against the evil Erinor. Erinor's forces are conquering the Empire - one village at a time. Thirrin's people jump in to stop them from defeating their current enemy and deter them from entering the Icemark.

At the same time, a magical battle of good verses evil is also raging. Oskan (Thirrin's husband), the greatest sorcerer, aga
Oskan pays the ultimate price (again) as he and Thirrin repel a new attack from both an outside army and their daughter, who has allied with Satan-by-another-name. Hill really has gone to the well of mythology, folklore and Christian religion about as much as he possibly could, but he ends the series before it all becomes really derivative and stale.
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This book was not as good as the other 2 books before this. This is because, it seemed like the enemy was dead too quickly, and the deaths of the important characters was taken too lightly. This book is about how Medea teams up with her grandpa Cronus, Arc-Adept of all things evil, and is plotting to conquer the world and overthrow the heavens. Meanwhile, a tribe called the Hordes are quickly dominating the Polypotian lands. Oskan must deal with Medea and Cronus, while Thirren must deal with the ...more
This was an excellent conclusion to a beautiful trilogy. The ending was bittersweet and just perfect in its own right. I loved being a part of the adventures of these fascinating characters and I will likely read the entire series over again in the future. Definitely a great fantasy read to add to my book shelf. Thirrin and Oskan were excellent as always. And I must say I found myself truly enjoying Her Vampiric Majesty. I would read an entire series devoted to the two ruling vampires of The-lan ...more
Catherine R. Bahret

This is a series that makes you think of the family as your own. Hard to put down but worth the lack of sleep.
The Last Battle of the Icemark is a great conclusion to the Icemark Chronicles. Though the books starts off very slowly at the beginning, it soon picks up pace. The emotional passages are incredibly powerful, lightened by moments of humor and gluttonous characters, while the battle scenes are very well-written. Erinor comes across as a very debased villain and the identity of the Polypontian Emperor is completely unexpected. Lastly, although sad at first, the ending eventually ends up being bit ...more
The final book was a bit of a disappointment to me partially because it was the end of a world I'd loved soo much and partly because I felt it didn't do the characters as much justice as I would've liked. Saying this I managed to cry epically, as I did throughout the series, but most importantly I gave a triumphant whoop at the end speaking volumes; Hill successfully left me feeling sated and alive whilst a little morose. Definitely a book for those who are romantic and love the world of fantasy ...more
Loved it. Books that have me so invested in the characters that I have a emotional reaction (tears in this case) when reading their stories score high on my list. Although I tend to be a "happy ending" sort of a girl, this series concluded perfectly for me. Would I have preferred it to be 100% happy? Sure. But the end of this book was wonderful even with a slightly sad and not 100% happily ever after ending. However, all the story lines come to a close and are neatly concluded. I like that. A lo ...more
Better than I expected, considering that I had not read book 2. Recommended for gr. 7-10. The final book of the Icemark Chronicles. Readers will have trouble keeping the characters and species straight if they have not read the previous books in the series. Fantasy fans who like a complicated story will like this one. Magic, demons, were-folk, snow leopards and witches all make an appearance as the Icemark and warrior Queen Thirrin prepare to battle against Cronus, “the embodiment of all evil.”

It was very intriging and a bitter sweet ending to The Icemark Chronicles. I would never have expected this ending. It caught me by surprise. I thought Oskan would stop Cronus and Medea and live happily ever after with Thirrin until they died peacefully. But at least evn though Oskan died he still lives on with his family waiting for them to join him in the gradens of the Goddess. Oskan died a hero and saved the world through his sacrifice. This book is a must read for people who have a wild ima ...more
Oliwija Gustafsson
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Just finished reading, and all I can say is Wow. Stuart Hill is a truly brilliant author. He's created a group of characters that's completely unforgettable. I first thought that this series detailed Thirrin's life, but upon reading the last book in the Icemark saga, I realized that It's about Oskan, her husband. He's the hero. His bravery is unmatched, he's one of those characters that will stay in your mind for life. Cheers to Stuart Hill for creating him.
Once again, Stuart Hill made a story I will want to read over and over. I was a tad startled by the tone of some of my favorite characters who suddenly talked in a more 'slang' manner than before and I was thankful for the revival of certain characters who may have been dead. (spoiler?) I almost came to tears a couple of times when things happened that were just perfectly perfect. I am very much looking forward to reading more of Hill's works.
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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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The Icemark Chronicles (5 books)
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  • Blade of Fire (The Icemark Chronicles, #2)
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