The Icemark is a kingdom in grave danger.
Its king has been killed in battle.
Its enemy lies in wait.
And its fate rests on the shoulders of one girl.
A beautiful princess and an intrepid warrior, Thirrin Freer Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield is only 13. But she has been preparing for this moment her whole life. Now she must find a way to protect her tiny kingdom from the most terrible invasion it has ever known. To beat back the cunning general Scipio Bellorum and his conquering army, Thirrin will forge an extraordinary coalition of noble Snow Leopards, ancient Vampires, and ferocious Wolf-folk. She will find unexpected strength in her friendship with a young warlock. And she will rally her allies with her country's fierce battle cry, "Blood! Blast! And Fire!"
A coming-of-age tale and an epic adventure, this dazzling debut heralds the arrival of a heroine who dauntless in the face of impossible dangers and decidedly wild at heart.
Winner of the Ottakar's Children's Book Prize 2005.
Thirrin Freer Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield carried her names with ease. She
was thirteen years old, tall for her age, and could ride her horse as well as
the best of her father's soldiers. She was also heir to the throne of the
Icemark. Her tutor might add that she was attentive when she wanted to be,
clever when she bothered to try, and had her father's temper. Few compared her
to her mother, who had died when Thirrin was born. But those who remembered the
proud young woman of the fierce Hypolitan people said that Thirrin was her
The soldier riding guard over her didn't care about any of this. They'd been hunting in the forest since dawn and he was cold and tired, but Thirrin showed no signs of wanting to go home. They were following a set of tracks she insisted were werewolf prints, and the soldier was afraid she might be right. He'd already eased the spears in his scabbard and had been riding with his shield on his ...
What a great book! We read The Cry of the Icemark to our children (then 9 and 11) at our "morning reading parties" (half an hour before the start of the school day) and I can attest to the fact that there's nothing better for getting the day off to a good start than following Thirrin into battle!
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