November 29, 2008
The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill
This is the first book in the Icemark Chronicles and I thought it was excellent. The book is basically one huge war, but the addition of the mythical creatures really added a lot to the story. I thought the book was very well written and the characters were excellent (especially the non-human ones). This book may not be appropriate for younger readers since there is a lot of violence and death because of the war, but it wasn’t full of gore or anything like it. In this book, the small northern kingdom of the Icemark is being invaded by the Polypontian army, the greatest fighting force in the world. If the young Queen Thirrin Oakenshield is to be victorious she must enlist the help of her former enemies, the vampire king and queen as well as other equally dangerous creatures.