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Editorial 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.

Critic Reviews

"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

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.

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Seriously wheres the sequel?

I understand copy rights are a hard thing, but
why have 1 and not 2

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narrator kinda sucked...

great story moving and well told but the narrator failed to bring alive the male and beastly characters

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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...

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I finally got my husband to love books

I read this book a long time ago and I love how it was brought to life. My husband loved it, and got so into it that he's gone from groaning when I mention books to looking forward to them more than I do. the story was amazing, and it was great to 'read' it again after so long to gain a more mature and profound appreciation for the story as a whole and all of its details. One of the best books I've ever read.

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One of my all time favorites

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I absolutely would. I read Cry of the Icemark when I was just a kid, i loved it then and I love it now. It's a good old fashion high adventure novel. It has comedy and tragedy, action and just a hint of romance.

What did you like best about this story?

I like that the characters are believably flawed.

What does Heather O'Neill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Overall I liked the narration. There were a few character voices that made me cringe, but they weren't main characters. I loved what she did with the werewolves, and I really enjoyed how well she portrait the main character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several moments that truly moved me, but I don't want to mention them for fear of spoilers.

Any additional comments?

This book is really well done. It shows the violence of a mid evil/roman world in such a way that is moving but not graphic. I read it with my little sister and some of our younger cousins and it started some great thought provoking discussions for them.

I would like to note that though this is the beginning of a series and the second two books are not available that is in no way a problem. The book is completely wraps itself up.

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Childhood Memories

I recall reading this story as a middle school kid and it fascinated me to see this beautiful world that had been sculpted . It inspired me to be a writer and years later, almost twelve, it's still as entertaining and enjoyable as I remember. I certainly recommend this to fantasy lovers!

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charming, if simple

This book takes immediatly familiar mythology and weaves a fun, if unoriginal, little story. The paceing is quick, which takes you through the story at a good speed, but it could benifit from taking more time to develop the characters. it is also very predictable.

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empowered female lead

I first read this book in junior high and fell in love with the powerful female character. finding this book on Audible has been a blast from the past and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. if you're looking for a book with an empowered female character as a lead then this is the book for you. I do however feel that it is geared towards younger audiences definitely in the Jr High to high school age group.

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this book is so great the story is inspiring

I first physically read cry of the Icemark. then I found it on audible I can listen to the story over and over again it's that good. the narrator is amazing! definitely a classic to keep around!