December 1, 2008

Blade of Fire by Stuart Hill

When I read there was another Icemark book, I wasn’t sure I really wanted to read another war book that would be the same thing. I was very surprised that it wasn’t the same. There was another war between the Icemark and the Polypontian army, but the book was different. In fact, I think it was probably better than the first. I really liked the storyline about Shirley traveling to the south. I also really liked the non-human characters in this story. I thought it was interesting to see them change the more they interacted with the humans. This book is still about a war and so contains the fighting and death, but it is still not full of gore. I really liked this book and highly recommend it. In this story, the Polypontian army has returned to Icemark determined to crush the little nation after its previous defeat. Thirrin’s lame son Shirley is sent to lead a group of refugees to a safer country in the south. But Shirley has other plans. Overcoming his obstacles, Shirley prepares to mount another offensive against the Polypontians, but can he return in time to save the Icemark from destruction?

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