Tuesday, April 12, 2005

 

The Cry Of the Icemark

Thirrin is the next in line for the throne in the Kingdom of Icemark. With the death of her father she has no time for grief. Instead she has to lead her people in battle against invaders. The Empire is cast with a seemingly unlimited army. The only way to defeat them is for Thirrin to find allies. This means befriending witches, werewolves and vampires. Failure would mean the end for her people.

A great children's fantasy story. In places it did remind me of other books. Particularly Thirrin's friendship with the snow leopards. This reminded me of the bears in Pullmans "His Dark Materials" trilogy. I liked the mix of magic with horror. As well as witches and wizards and elfs there are vampires and ghosts and werewolves. I especially liked the part of the ghosts helping the people of the Icemark without them knowing it. A great read with, I hope, more to come.

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