• Ice & Blood

  • A LitRPG/GameLit Viking Adventure
  • By: Blake Arthur Peel
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (147 ratings)

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Ice & Blood

By: Blake Arthur Peel
Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
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On Frostworld, only the strong survive....

Jarl Beckström dreams of one day becoming a great warrior. Sadly, he had the misfortune of being lowborn-classless, unable to level up. He lives the mundane life of a poor mud-farmer, subjected to the whims of the infamous battleborn and the magical fireborn. But legend says that deeds of great courage can change a person's class....

When the Clan Lord's son unexpectedly disappears, Jarl sees an opportunity to prove himself a hero and rise above the lowly station of his birth. He goes against the traditions of his people to seek his destiny...and possibly even his death.

However, dark things stir in the frozen wilderness.

A star has fallen from the heavens, and the dead have begun to rise. While clanholds struggle in eternal conflict and powerful men vie for control, only an ambitious mud-farmer and his domineering sister can shed light on the true enemy: the monstrous, undead draugr....

Don't miss the start of an epic GameLit/LitRPG adventure with a Viking and Norse Mythology twist. It's perfect for fans of Unsouled, Iron Prince, and Sufficiently Advanced Magic.

©2021 Blake Arthur Peel (P)2021 Tantor

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One of the Best Fantasy LitRPG books of 2021

This is the story of a young Viking by the name of Jarl Beckstrom. In this story, the Vikings are born into a caste system, there are highborn, and lowborn, as well as thralls (Those captured from other tribes, and turned into slaves, you can tell them, as they have their ears clipped, forever marking them as slaves). Lowborn are those that do the ‘menial’ work, in the case of Clan Norvaask, this mainly means being a mud farmer, which Jarl’s family has been for 3 generations now.
The highborn are made up of the Battleborn, the warriors of the clan, and the fireborn, those born with the ability to case fire magic.
For young Jarl, the main character of the story, although he is a lowborn mud farmer, and as such, it is not possible for him to become a battleborn, to rise above his station, he still has his heart set on becoming a battleborn.
There have been folktales of lowborn, performing amazing feats, and levelling up, becoming battleborn and thus changing their stations.
I should mention that this book has a mild element of LitRPG running through it, mud farmer, battleborn, fireborn etc, are all different classes of characters, and to become a battleborn, Jarl has to perform a significant feat of heroism for his Gods, showing that he is suitable to be a battleborn, and thus ‘level up’, moving from a Level 1 Mud Farmer, and changing his class in the process, to a Level 1 Battleborn.
Without giving too much away (no spoilers as such), the first part of the story revolves around Jarl trying desperately to become a Battleborn, and due to the traditions of the Norvaask, it nearly killing him on several occasions.
We also get to meet his sister Freya, a fireborn, and an ambitious, and somewhat self-centered person (to put it lightly), who cares little for others, especially her brother, who she sees as a dimwitted moron, who is an embarrassment to her.
Freya is a very powerful and talented fireborn though, and if it wasn’t for her attitude, she would go a lot further. Unfortunately, there is another who is stronger, Runa, who is kinder and gains favour with the leaders of the fireborn, the High Aesir.
Several things happen at the start of the book, there is a raid by a rival Clan, something we learn that happens often, but this raid has a profound impact on Jarl’s life, changing him forever.
We also learn that the Clan Lords son, Raynor Haig, has gone missing whilst out exploring and the Clan Lord is desperate to find his son and Heir to the Norvaask Clan, and sends out a huge hunting party to go and find him. Jarl of course, sees this as an opportunity to prove himself, and sneaks out to go along with the hunting party.
I am not going to go into too much more, because I don’t want to give away too much more.
Needless to say, Jarl’s adventure does not go quite as planned.
Part of this is because he comes across the Draugr, these are the undead zombies of slain clan members, infected with a strange worm like creature that tries to infect anything organic, living or dead. If it is dead, it reanimates it so that it can use the undead body as a host to try and infect others.
From the moment you pick this book up, you are hooked, the writing is captivating and totally engaging, as you read about this young Viking so desperate to be something more than he is. Jarl is immediately likeable, even though he seems to go from one bad situation to the next, and can’t seem to catch a break, you can’t help but like him, his noble and honourable character, and his utter determination to be a battleborn, but to do what is right, to help people and defend his home and people. He has such a huge heart. It is a testament to Peel’s character writing that you can be so easily captivated by the character. Just as easily, you find yourself both repelled, but equally fascinated by the character of Freya, who although comes across as a self-centered stuck-up cow, deep down, there is actually a person with a soul, one that cares, but has just found herself trapped by peer pressure.
The character writing is just exceptional in this story, from the main characters to the individual Vikings, the Hero’s of the clan, Asger Ironfists, Halvard Bloodhammer, Sten Haig, and more, each of them with this detailed, rich history that you would expect of a powerful Viking warrior. Peel has put a lot of effort into creating this wonderful Viking clan with its own mythology and brilliant history for each and everyone of its Clan members, it makes for an exceptional character driven story.
I mentioned this was a LitRPG story, but it is subtle, there are elements, mentions of Jarl’s character and Freya’s character, but it is not overbearing like some LitRPG’s can be, Peel has found a good balance of giving us the characters stats so it is interesting, but not overwhelming us with numbers and figures, so you just start flipping pages (or if listening, fast forwarding).
The other outstanding part of the story is the world building. It is not just the characters that have impressive backgrounds, Peel has put a lot of thought into this world, the descriptive work of the ice world, the Tundra they live on and the creatures that live there is stunning. There is so much depth, with a complex and complete background for every aspect of the story, making it not only an enthralling read, but it is stunning, at times beautiful due to the detail, and at other times, utterly terrifying due to the complexity and quality of information provided.
I am normally someone who only reads Sci-Fi, it is not often I delve into fantasy, but having previously read Peel’s Fall of Radiance series and seen how extraordinary that was, I had to give Frostworld a go, and I could not be happier I did, as it is just outstanding, easily one of the best Fantasy LitRPG books I have read this year. If you love Fantasy, or LitRPG, this is a must read, and if you like the Viking genre, then this is also a must read, as Peel has really done it justice.
Amazing read!!
Neil Hellegers is not a Narrator that I have actually heard before, so I was not sure what to expect, but I had nothing to worry about, he was brilliant. Hellegers Narration was clear and concise, easy to understand, and he does a wonderful job of creating male and female voices. He not only provides easily distinguishable voices (so that you can tell males and females apart), but he does an exceptional job with creating the emotional state of the characters, letting you really know how they are feeling as he tells this story. You can feel Jarl’s angst at his situation, or Freya’s contempt towards her brother, he just does such a brilliant job.
Hellegers Narration is sensational, and utterly captivating, I could not put this down, and listened to it until way too late in the night (or early the next morning, depending on your point of view), as I just couldn’t stop listening it was so good.
A must listen, Hellegers Narration really brings the story to life in a way you are not going to get from reading the book!!

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dope concept but execution is lacking.

good to fill a dry spell but there was nothing that kept me excited

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slow freeze..

did not finish. started very slow for my tastes. RPG elements are like DND with extremely slow lvling.

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Just pass it

I have no idea how this book got good ratings, maybe people like listening to a slow ass book that comes down to noobie low level cavemen beating each other to death ( pvp ) with sticks, raiding other cities etc. That is all their is to it.

* No real range weapons outside of magic?
* No world building and a magic system that is not explained.
* This is not a GameLit or LitRPG.
* These idiots barely have any society
* The characters are not even flushed out.

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This as to a litrpg as a hotpocket is a sandwich.

first off, it's slow wich is sad because the narrator speaks very fast, almost like he knows it's slow and is trying to keep our attention. nearly none of the the characters are likable are very flat. The story jumps from place to place like it's trying to be a game of thrones novel accept the instead of story of swords and secrets, it's a 2d character with the weakest litrpg elements possible hamfisted in and not even keeping consistent. Except my disappointment, that was consistent.

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clean, solid, goodtime

the only weird thing is how he manages the stat part of things but you soon get used to it as you get sucked into the story. literally cannot wait for the next book

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Absolutely thrilling

This story presents intriguing characters and a phenomenal plot in a very unique take on the game lit genre. The main character, Jarl, is extremely relatable and well written, but the other side characters get needed arcs and attention as well. The plot is gripping and moves at a good pace, and the story is expertly narrated. Overall, it was an amazing listen and I can’t wait for book 2!

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good first entry and great narratiom

I'm looking forward to book 2 and beyond of this series. should be interesting to see our little mud born grow up big and strong and maybe find a suit of armor! Neil hellegers was a brilliant choice for narrator, is it September yet?

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Better than I expected

So I have a weird fascination with ice worlds or frozen ruins. When I first saw this, I was a little hesitant because I didn’t know if they would do my fascination justice. This definitely went beyond my expectations and I loved it. It has everything a Skyrim fanatic like me would ever want in a Viking style book.

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solid story

the world is a little basic and the characters somewhat predictable... but the story is solid and entertaining...

Niel does a great job and the lacking star is due to personal preferences on my part...
his main voice is unfortunately distinct enough that I am constantly reminded of other books he's narrated instead of focusing on this one

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  • 09-25-21

Didn't need to be gamelit.

This is a bit of a weird one. It starts poorly and only begins to get interesting around chapters 4-7. It's a coming of age style story and does decently at that.

The setting is not great though. There's a class system that seems to have the farmers working to fullfil Communist shuttle quotas for the clan while the upper classes accumulated wealth from somewhere and do nothing.

Moreover the LitRPG aspect is hand waved in after a few lines at the start but was unnecessary. You could take all the game aspects out of the story and it would be greatly improved. The stats were meaningless since a level 2 can do seemingly everything a higher level can and when it says "Stamina: 2/9. Freya was exhausted." You could just say "Freya was exhausted." I have no idea why the game stuff was shoehorned into the narrative as it was much the worse for it.

Then there's the plot. Very Game of Thrones-esque with an evil villain who wants to kill everyone because they're evil. Not much going on there. The main characters have quite interesting arcs though and once you get a bit invested it's not too bad.

The people were another weird aspect. Every clans has slaves who are treated like shit. The main characters mates even joke about hoping some prominent female enemy warriors are caught and turned into slaves so they can rape them. Between that, the rigid unfair class system and the society based around pointless war you wonder why you should want these guy to survive. One main character even wonders if their society deserves to be saved.

I will say that despite the janky plot devices and the dumb game mechanics the story gets a bit better by the end and the last hour or two were compelling and enjoyable.

Overall, I think this is an ok book. Not great and it could definitely be retooled into a 4-5 star book but it's not there now. The narration was good. I probably won't read the sequel.

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  • Greymatter314
  • 09-20-21

brilliant first book

just finished reading book 2 and damn loving the series. both books in one day, woot. it is a light litrpg but that allows you to get to know the characters and their arcs. very character driven book.
highly recommended this series.