The first book in Stuart Hill’s, The Icemark Chronicles Trilogy. Cry of the Icemark follows thirteen year old, Thirrin Freer Strong-in-the-arm Lindenshield, as she becomes Queen. Threatened by the undefeated forces of the Polypontian Empire and its General, Scipio Bellorum, Thirrin’s tasked with winning a war. With the aid of Oskan Witch’s Son, a young Warlock, she sets out to create alliances with Werewolves, Vampires and Snow Leopards.
This was one of the more obvious fantasy books at my local library, probably one of the reasons why I picked it up, despite not knowing anything about Hill or the adage to not judge a book by its cover. In my defense, it made it easier to read without any expectations. I can’t say I was dazzled by it but I didn’t hate it either so, for the purposes of this review, I’m Switzerland. Continue reading