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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,477 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew J. Kirby Narrator: Jenna Lamia Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Solveig, a princess, is trapped in a hidden fortress with her siblings. As they wait for the winter and the unending ice to break, acts of treachery soon make it clear that a traitor lurks in their midst. Can Solveig, her siblings, and her best friend Mark survive the long winter months and expose the traitor before he (or she) succeeds in destroying the king, his empire, and his children? Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Clear, lively, exciting, and unstoppable as the torrent of meltwater from a glacier, Icefall confirms Matthew Kirby as one of our finest new writers for young adults. Readers of any age may be enthralled by the bitter Nordic winter setting and the story of a girl who needs a lot of courage to discover who she is.”

    Ursula K. Le Guin, acclaimed author of the Earthsea Cycle

  • “Against an authentic backdrop of ancient Norse life and lore, Kirby brings alive characters who are true to their time and culture…I liked the brooding atmosphere of the natural world in this book. It is a beautiful place and beautifully described, but it is indifferent to the fate of the people caught in its grip.”

    Nancy Farmer, Newbery Award–winning  author of Sea of Trolls

  • “A well-crafted story rich with emotion and intrigue. A thoroughly engaging read.”

    Brandon Mull, New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series

  • “A tense mystery that blends history and Norse myth…Kirby turns in a claustrophobic, thought-provoking coming-of-age adventure that shows a young woman growing into her own, while demonstrating the power of myth and legend. Kirby’s attention to detail and stark descriptions make this an effective mood piece.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jenna Lamia’s narration will captivate listeners from start to finish. Her rendition of Solveig brings the character to life and perfectly captures her initial self-doubt, growing strength and confidence, and storytelling ability. Lamia also creates unique voices for the other characters—her rendering of Solveig’s young brother and the quirky, offbeat master storyteller are standouts. This winning audio edition of an original and imaginative tale is not to be missed.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “A perfect pairing of text and narration shines in this magnificent blend of mythology and mystery. Jenna Lamia’s youthful voice lends credence to the listening experience, and her engaging delivery keeps the listener eagerly awaiting each chapter. Set in the time of the Vikings, Kirby’s book is rich in Norse mythology. As she tells her story, young Solveig sounds as if she is recounting a dream.”


  • “Both elegant and exciting, this work recalls Jonathan Stroud’s Heroes of the Valley in its treatment of the lofty spot that lore occupies in a warrior society and how stories give meaning to both life and death.”


  • “[Lamia] brings an earthy and ethereal reality to Solveig’s journey of self-discovery…Listeners hooked by the historical mystery will find themselves anticipating each new twist in this icy adventure.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “Jenna Lamia gives Solveig a steady, sure voice that is perfectly pitched against the bleakness of the environment and grim outlook for the family’s future. Her pacing is excellent, and Solveig’s confusion and innocence is authentically portrayed. Listeners will be enthralled.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Fans will enjoy the suspense and intrigue of this fantastic realm. The pace and tone is even; the characters and their reactions lovingly drawn.”


  • “Interesting, well-developed characters abound…The chilly, claustrophobic, ancient setting is vividly created, and the sense of impending doom generates a gripping suspense overarching the developing—and deteriorating—relationships among the group, marking Kirby as a strong emerging novelist. Recommend this one to teens who crave a good mystery set in an icily different time and place.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Fiction
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2011 Agatha Award Nominee for Best Children's/Young Adult Fiction
  • A 2012 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karin | 2/6/2014

    " Don't know why I was thinking this might be steampunk-y. Totally not, but still quite good. Overlooked-til-now "plain" middle sister Solveig is trapped in remote keep during winter with her brother and sister trying to avoid father's enemy who may be coming to get them. Beserker army guarding them. Traitor in their midst. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tamara | 2/5/2014

    " Unique characters & setting helped me to fall in love with this story, but what really sold me was the main character and her fierce devotion to those she loved. I sure hope Matthew Kirby has more in store for Solveig! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charissa | 1/26/2014

    " This is another book I had to read for the Writer's Conference this weekend. I was prepared to just endure it and get on to the others, but I REALLY liked it. The characters (especially Solveig) came to life in my mind and I was with them in that frozen fjord waiting out the harsh winter and trying to guess who the traitor is who is trying to destroy them. Through the telling of ancient and modern legends, Solveig comes to understand who she really is--her strength and power--and breaks free from the fetters in her mind. Isn't that how life is for all of us? We come to understand ourselves a little more one story at a time. I will have to read more of Kirby's books. He's a good writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by DeEtte | 1/6/2014

    " So much fun and super cute! Very well written for a YA book, and pretty unique with it's use of Norse mythology. Great characters, compelling plot. This would be a great read for any tween-aged kids, but particularly good for girls. I would honestly recommend it to anybody, just a fun read! "

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