The Cry of the Icemark (The Icemark Chronicles #1)
Thirrin Freer Strong-in-the-Arm Lindensheild Wild cat of the North (yes that's her whole name) is just in her early teens and she has to lead the tiny kingdom of the Icemark against the huge army of the Polypontian Empire. This book explores the difficulties Thirrin has with holding off the huge army while gathering allies. And what allies they are! Werewolves, vampires and Huge leopards from the Far North.
Thirrin is the perfect war queen; she knows everything about battle and is a strong leader. However, she's still just a teenage girl and there are some points where you see the softer, more vulnerable parts of her between the whole fearless queen act.
The author, Stuart Hill, based many of the different groups off real ancient civilizations with a few tweaks. The Polypontian Empire resembles the Roman Empire most closely, except that they have muskets and cannons. The Icemark is based off of the Vikings. Their habits and way of life reflects the primitive lifestyle. This isn't to say that they are barbarians; the Icemark has their own special kind of dignity and Thirrin is a perfect example of that.
With the Polypontian Empire wielding weapons like muskets, you would think that the Icemark would be a total pushover. That seems the case until you realize that it is the early form of the musket which takes much longer to load and has a much shorter range than that of the longbow. Having flying, undead vampires and huge, extremely fast werewolves does help too. The Polypontian Empire believes in science and reasoning, so these "monsters" do help to frighten them a bit (well, maybe not just a bit, but you get my gist....)
This is an absolutely fantastic book. It has the best descriptions and once you factor in fantasy creatures, like werewolves, you just don't know what to expect. The storyline is very good.
It might not be a good book for younger readers, just because of the degree of violence, after all it's about a war. And the descriptions of the vampires hacking apart troops and drinking...well yeah I think you get it. It's still a fantabulous book and it's NOT just for girls. Yes, the main character is female, but I know a few of my MALE classmates that read it and thought it was a really good book.
I hope that you love this amazing book just as much as I did. :)
Princess Thirrin Freer Strong-In-The-Arm Lindenshield is shy in all but battle, so crucial to her homeland of the Icemark. The warriors of the Icemark had never met a foe they could not defeat until Scipio Bellorum marched his fearsome Black Army north to conquer them.
I first bought this book at my school book fair, where you grab anything that looks good because the prices are so low. Many people- mostly slightly strange girls like myself- were drawn to this book, and I loaned it to quite a few of my friends after the book fair was over.
This book is a great read for anyone who likes medival fantasy with a healthy dose of girl power, or for anyone looking for a book like Lord of the Rings or The Hero and the Crown.
The kingdom of the Icemark is about to be overrun by a human monster, General Bellorum and his vast army. Thirrin becomes a warrior queen overnight after her father is killed in battle -- and she has only one chance to save her kingdom: do the impossible by uniting the surrounding tribes that hate each other and hate the Icemark. These tribes are not human. They're werewolves, vampires and other creatures of the night. This ragged army of creatures who are usually evil join together to fight the ultimate human monster. This is a fantastic book. Where else can you come to understand tolerance from a werewolf? King Grishmak of the Wolffolk is an unusual character. Oskan, the young warlock who comes to Thirrin's aid, will be very interesting to all those who are coming to the end of the Potter series. This series is equally as engrossing as Potter. It creates its own world, a world that we can relate to but with different rules. Read this -- It's very different.