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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,526 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stuart Hill Narrator: Heather O’Neill Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Icemark Chronicles Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Fantastic fun…A supremely satisfying read which really deserves to be called a page-turner…[Hill’s] original and quirky approach could yet make him the proper heir to Joan Aiken’s crown.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A good lengthy yarn…Draws upon a mish-mash of mythologies: in addition to werewolves and vampires (and even references to Valhalla), animated trees, ghosts, and leopard people figure into the plot. However, Hill braids these elements smoothly, and his winning heroine with lead readers through this…epic.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Heather O’Neill is especially terrific voicing the alternating self-doubt and confidence of young Thirrin…Romance, clashing swords, and roaring warriors are conveyed with tension and such grandeur that listeners will be hoping for a sequel.”|


  • “O’Neill captures the spirit of feisty, imperious Queen Thirrin…[and] deftly alternates between the raspy Scottish brogue of werewolves, the breathy cadence of vampires, the high-pitched chatter of Chamberlain Grimswald, and other dialects.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “Extravagant…It is Hill’s affection for his characters, especially the warrior-queen ‘who could make peace between night and day, between dark and light,’ that will prove infectious.”


  • “With plenty of strange creatures, growing relationships, well-done battle scenes, and set pieces both terrifying and triumphant, this…epic has something to please high fantasy fans of every stripe.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chana | 1/17/2014

    " War as fantasy. Armies of vampires and werewolves, leopards, witches and hero humans. Thirrin Freer Strong in the Arm Lindenshield somethingsomethingsomething Queen of the IceMark is 14 years old when she inherits the throne from her father who is killed in battle with the Empire armies of the south. Queen Thirrin's advisors are her tutor and her friend 15 year old Warlock Oskan. None of the main principles are killed, although some of the supporting cast are and one "person" regenerates which is convenient and everyone is very happy about it. My favorite character is Primplepuss the kitten. The book doesn't take itself too seriously which is good, so we can just ignore the many thousands of dead soldiers everywhere and laugh instead at the foibles of the characters. I'd say that this is a reasonable fantasy book for the 12 to 15 year old reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patricia | 1/17/2014

    " A great dark fantasy with a strong young female protagonist. I also loved the very jaded vampires, who have been around so long that they are bored by almost everything... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mariah | 1/13/2014

    " best book i've ever read "

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

    " Muhhh... I read this book while I was in Germany last summer so I don't remember it that well. I know it was good though because I would stay in the apartment and read it instead of going out :P "

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