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.
©2005 Gordon Korman; (P)2006 Scholastic Inc.
"Heather O'Neill is especially terrific voicing the alternating self-doubt and confidence of young Thirrin." (AudioFile)
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.
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...
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.
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
A different narrator would be a good start.
I will not purchase another of this authors books.
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.
All the repeated and cliches to be removed
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.
Keep your mind active.
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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