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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: Erik Steele, Heather O’Neill Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Icemark Chronicles Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545047142
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A brave girl must defy an empire to save her homeland in a sweeping fantasy that combines breathless action with richly-imagined characters.

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
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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.”|

    AudioFile

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyndsay | 1/4/2014

    " Loaded with action. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 12/20/2013

    " one of the better books.It has a plot that goes at a very good pace.The characters are alive and you feel you know them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Dann | 12/17/2013

    " Fast paced fantasy/quest/coming of age story of a brave young woman leading battles in a frozen tundra type world of vampires, prehistoric beasts, and tribal warriors. I liked it and would give it to any young girl who want to read more about brave girls leading in a male-dominated world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cullen | 11/27/2013

    " Good plot, kept me interested. Characters were a little 2D and it was a tad too long, but the detail was tremendous and great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Khan Crowther | 11/24/2013

    " It was a good book to read excellent for fantasy nuts such as myself "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 11/6/2013

    " This book will enchant you and trap you into reading it until you reach the end. I could not put this book down and I didn't want to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly B | 8/27/2013

    " i really enjoyed reding this book ab i can't wait to read the next one!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassie | 7/11/2013

    " Great fantasy novel! I don't think I'll read the sequels though because there's no way they can be as awsome as this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/13/2013

    " This story of a 14 year old Queen that leads an army of humans, leopards, werewolves, and valpires toally amazes my to the point that the character, Thirrin, is to perfect but she had her fualts and i was happy reading it, but glad it was over cause i thought it would go on forever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Desiree comer | 1/10/2013

    " so far a great book for spear time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 12/17/2012

    " Love this book it was kinda hard to get into but it was really good I would recomend reading it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 8/22/2012

    " This was sort of a change of genre for me, and I liked it, but I didn't love it. It did have a great blend of characters, adventure, action, and friendship, but was rather long and I found myself skimming parts to make it move along a bit quicker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linwe | 8/20/2012

    " Great mix of parallel earth and medievalesque fantasy. Characters are extremely well written, and story is exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris H. | 8/15/2011

    " I love this book because it's like lord of the rings it's got goblins and vampires. It also has some cool surprises that i wont give away. (because i don't want to spoil it) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Freefallen | 5/3/2011

    " Even though this was the first book I read in the Icemark Chronicles (with it being the second) it had me seriously hooked!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 5/3/2011

    " A great book from a great series with a really cool plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sammy | 4/12/2011

    " still an escape but oskan and thirren arent the main focus. it wa still a good read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Page | 2/7/2011

    " Good, not great. Didn't quite fulfill my hopes as the sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Owen | 12/5/2010

    " I love this series. The characters are great. I've read the whole series and it's between this on a and The Last Battle of the Icemark. I like how these books aren't just the battles, it's about finding allies where you least expect it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Khan | 10/12/2010

    " Like the first book also excelent to read if you enjjoy fantasy aswell as the adventure side "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayley | 8/22/2010

    " Second and even better. Charlemagne must become the fighting royal despite his disability. Fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 7/26/2010

    " This book is the very- Oh whats the point. Just read the book, it's an adventure! You'll love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sienna | 2/27/2010

    " Wow, just like the first book, absolutly brilliant. I love your work, Mr. Hill! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/26/2010

    " Excellent follow-up. Some sequels aren't as good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 2/1/2010

    " This book was really long but also good. The middle got a little boring but the ending was one of the best i've ever read. It's the 2nd book in the Icemark Trilogy.(good series) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darryl | 12/28/2009

    " A great book. Stuart Hill has done it agin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lia | 12/8/2009

    " Amazing, I loved it. A wonderful addition to the Cry of the Icemark. I loved Sharley and how she still kept some of the old characters. "

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About the Narrators

Erik Steele is a professional actor living in New York City, where he has worked both on and off Broadway and in film. He has toured with the prestigious Acting Company, performing Shakespeare and Sheridan in theaters from Atlanta to Anchorage. He holds an MFA in acting from New York University and a BA from Vassar College.

Heather O’Neill has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway plays. Her audio narration credits include Blessed Are the Cheesemakers, The Accidental, Field of Blood, and The Dead Hour.