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!
The Icemark is a cold, northern country inhabited by a tough people, ruled by King Redrought Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield, Bear of the North - a formidable enemy, wily leader and doting father, who likes nothing better than a nice comfy pair of slippers and a bowl of warm water in which to soak his corns after a hard day chasing down enemies of the kingdom.
Sadly, but inevitably...
"For readers whose imaginations are stirred by clashes of pike and saber and lusty cries of "Blood! Blast! And Fire!" this extravagant first novel--especially its more swiftly paced latter half--offers ample rewards." - Booklist.
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