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The Cry of the Icemark | [Stuart Hill]

The Cry of the Icemark

After the death of her beloved father, headstrong princess Thirrin Freer Strong-In-The-Arm becomes warrior queen of her homeland, Icemark, defending it from a formidable invader. Despite Thirrin's bravery and the support of Oskan, the Witch's son, the task proves more difficult than Thirrin ever dreamed. She must assemble a force to rival her opponent. And, in the chill winter of Icemark, she only has until spring to unite the strange beasts and frightening creatures who live just outside her country.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Heather O'Neil brilliantly voices Stuart Hill's well-drawn characters and the many races that populate the military fantasy that begins the award-winning Icemark Chronicles. From the young warlock, at once playful and wise, to the willful redheaded warrior he needs to ground as she seeks alliances with vampires, werewolves, and the other creatures of the Land of the Ghosts, O'Neil's rich accent lends a magic, a gravity, and an authenticity to the history of Hill's beautifully realized realm.

The battles are thrilling and dramatically performed in this acclaimed tale of the young queen who must stand against an invading force seeking to eradicate her home - and learn a lot about humanity and courage along the way.

Publisher's Summary

After the death of her beloved father, headstrong princess Thirrin Freer Strong-In-The-Arm becomes warrior queen of her homeland, Icemark, defending it from a formidable invader. Despite Thirrin's bravery and the support of Oskan, the Witch's son, the task proves more difficult than Thirrin ever dreamed. She must assemble a force to rival her opponent. And, in the chill winter of Icemark, she only has until spring to unite the strange beasts and frightening creatures who live just outside her country. Ultimately, it is Thirrin's vision and determination that will see her through to victory.

©2005 Gordon Korman; (P)2006 Scholastic Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Heather O'Neill is especially terrific voicing the alternating self-doubt and confidence of young Thirrin." (AudioFile)

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    Jana Riverside, CA, USA 08-07-09
    Jana Riverside, CA, USA 08-07-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Well done."

    This book was an enjoyable YA epic fantasy that kept me involved for the duration. Well written, interesting characters interplay in a struggle for a kingdom's survival. Be prepared for a number of battle scenes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Danehy deHart 06-23-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Hmmmm"

    Well, first I don't think I realized this was meant for kids. It wasn't so bad that I stopped listening. But, by the end, if I heard "I'm Thirrin Freer Strong-In-The-Arm, Wildcat of the North!" one more time, I think I would shoot myself. The story was fine, but I wish I had listened to something else...

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Belinda SAN BENITO, TX, United States 05-27-14
    Belinda SAN BENITO, TX, United States 05-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "slow start, great story"

    It took me a long time to actually listen to this book. I had a hard time getting through the first chapter.Once I did that I couldn't stop listening. The story is well written and narrated. I WANTED THE STORY TO CONTINUE.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beth 05-02-14
    Beth 05-02-14
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    "Liked the story, couldn't stand the narrator"
    Would you try another book from Stuart Hill and/or Heather O'Neil?

    While I like the story, I found it very difficult to get into, due to the narrator's voice. Should have just bought the book


    Would you be willing to try another one of Heather O'Neil’s performances?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nan tucson, AZ, United States 03-06-14
    Nan tucson, AZ, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I want to return it!"
    What would have made The Cry of the Icemark better?

    A different narrator would be a good start.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stuart Hill again?

    I will not purchase another of this authors books.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Heather O'Neil’s performances?

    I would not seek her out. O'Neil's performance was irritating to me. I thought she did an awful job with the different characters. All I could hear was her accent. I was not enthralled with her.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Cry of the Icemark?

    All the repeated and cliches to be removed


    Any additional comments?

    If I had known that this was a young adult or tween book, I would not have gotten it. It was full of rhetoric that I did not need to learn lifes lesson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory MD 02-20-14
    Gregory MD 02-20-14 Member Since 2013

    Keep your mind active.

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    "YA Fantasy"

    I enjoy Fantasy and this is an adventure novel about the coming of age of a princess. The main characters were likable. The plot involved an intriguing concept, interweaving an aggressive roman like concurring empire attacking a Nordic society allied with supernatural creatures like big talking cats, werewolves and vampires. In the end while there were aspects of the novel that were enjoyable, I found the plot and the story line immature without the depth expected in a good fantasy novel. The creation of alliances among many historical enemies seemed underdeveloped and poorly explained. There were many aspects that just did not make sense within the given structure of the relationships. Secondary characters were flat and lacked dimension. There seemed to be no sense to randomly adding new monsters in at the end. The narration was good, but I felt this is a true YA novel lacking appeal to an adult listener. I will not read the sequels.

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