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Blade of Fire

(The Icemark Chronicles #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  4,518 ratings  ·  147 reviews
17 years have passed since the tiny kingdom of the Icemark last defended itself from invasion. Now Thirrin and Oskan have five children, but Scipio Bellorum has a family too - and he is back with his sons and a fleet of sky ships to finish what he started in the Icemark!
Paperback, 640 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Chicken House (first published September 4th 2006)
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Melanie It depends on what you consider a hero. The main character of this novel is a young boy. However, Thirrin is still a large part of this novel and her…moreIt depends on what you consider a hero. The main character of this novel is a young boy. However, Thirrin is still a large part of this novel and her oldest daughter Cressida could be considered a rising female hero. Though not the main focus of the novel Cressida goes through her own character arc of learning the responsibilities of being the next queen. And she may play a larger part in the third book of the series.(less)

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Joanie Greene-washington
Mar 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 11, 2009 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
Lindsay Bates
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: trimester-one
This book is the second in its series. I love this book. Our main character Charlemagne goes through massive character changes. He grows over the story. We also see how one character who had always been kind and compassionate to everyone. But they in one moment become ruthless and unforgiving. And I loved it. That was one of my favorite moments in the book. Also because one not so nice character got put in there place.
May 17, 2013 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
Mar 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 even mo ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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!
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!
Feb 19, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Gigi Anderson
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ah! Though this book is set 20ish years after the first, it does not feel so distant--many of the same characters play a leading role in this story and nods to the original story are scattered throughout, something I deeply appreciate after forming such close bonds with the original characters. The new characters have depth and can rally up your emotions just as easily as the first generation while being distinct in their own ways. I especially appreciate hearing their points of view in the book ...more
Sophie Cox
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent second book to the series. Though I found some of it to be rather similar to the first book, such as the war aspects, I though that the rest of the book was really interesting and added to the book. There are a lot more characters in the book, which all make great additions. Charlemagne or 'Sharley' was my favourite character, he was just so cute and adorable. I loved to watch him grow as a character throughout the book and overcome lots of struggles. This book was quite a long book ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was better than the first of the series. I felt it could have been shorter by cutting down some of the excess, however there were no boring parts or sections that dragged. The expanded cast of characters were wonderful, I really liked Sharley the main character, and Medea was an intriguing side story. The family dynamics of Thirrin's family and the character development of each of her children was good.

Overall, it was a good solid read. Interesting, even though it may not b
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scipio Bellorum is back to take revenge on the little country that stood up to his Empire. After his astonishing defeat by the barbarian Queen Thirrin and her allies (The Cry of the Icemark contents), he had to quell numerous uprisings around the Empire so it has taken him twenty years, but he has returned to end the conflict permanently. Meanwhile, Thirrin and allies (the Werewolves and Snow Leopards mostly) have cemented their bonds of alliance fighting off Ice Trolls and continuing to work together givi(The ...more
Aug 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'd love to give this book 5 stars but for what happened to Medea I won't its unfair and awful and Stuart Hill should be ashamed!
Heather Mcewan-Nugent
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent. These books just seem to grab me and I don’t want to put them down. Yes they are a ‘childrens’ book but well worth a read
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The saga continues. This book is a good example of how different people can work together and beat the odds.
Feb 22, 2008 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 Ki
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. Kn
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 o
Oct 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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…

Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads, favorites
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Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 masterp ...more
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Kim Johnson
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: could-not-finish
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
Jun 22, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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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 (3 books)
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“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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