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The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill
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Sep 07, 2012

it was ok
Read in June, 2008

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. The characters are pretty stereotypical and a little exaggerated, the conflict and story simplistic, and there’s no attempt made at adding any creative spin to the well-used concepts in the story. There are Vampires and Werewolves and such things, and you’re just supposed to take them at face value when there’s enough detail in the writing that there really should be more to them. It’s not a bad read, it’s just nothing special or original. Good to stave off boredom but hardly fulfilling if searching for an engaging or interesting book.
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Rhea I totally agree!

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