Monday, March 17, 2008

"The Cry of the Icemark" review

When I was in the bookstore, I knew I was going to have a lot of downtime. So I wanted something big. The Cry of the Icemark, the first book in the critically acclaimed Icemark Chronicles by Stuart Hill, runs at about 500 pages in length with relatively small text, so it seemed like a perfect fit.

It was.

Icemark is a small land located in the cold, icy north. The winters are harsh, but the people have adapted well to its climate. The king, Redrought Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield, who has many other titles besides, is well-liked by the people, and the land is at peace despite having hostiles on either side of their borders. But all that is changing. The ruthless, massive Polypontian Empire, under the command of the cunning Scipio Bellorum, wishes to take over Icemark forcibly, starting immediately.

In a desperate attempt to hold off Bellorum's armies, Redrought sacrifices himself the day after his daughter, Thirrin, turns fourteen. The harsh winter weather will hold the southern Polypontian Empire off until spring. But will Thirrin, now Queen of Icemark, be able to assemble a fighting force of allies to stop Bellorum's invasion, or are the people of her country doomed to slavery and death?

There are a lot of goodies in this book for me, just because I'm into mythology and some of the names are familiar. But everyone can find something in it to enjoy. There's battle strategies for the enthusiast in such an area, romance, if that's your thing, and for everyone else, there's a great action adventure in here. Speaking of which, I hear it's being made into a movie.
My rating: 9.5/10

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