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...
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