Recommend Me is a weekly event in which participants will pick one of their all time favorite reads to share. This could be a book that your read yesterday or years ago. This meme or feature is hosted by Kate at The Neverending Shelf.
My Recommend Me this week is...
The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill
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. Thirrin Freer Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield, a beautiful princess and an intrepid warrior, must find a way to protect her land from a terrible invasion. She will forge an extraordinary alliance 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 lead her allies to victory with her fierce battle cry: "Blood! Blast! And Fire!"
So The Cry of the Icemark is the first in The Icemark Chronicles and is the first book that I read that involved war. And sucked me into war books with a powerful heroin (fine examples are Warrior Princess and Destiny's Path which I just read). I loved this book, the characters were amazing and Thirrin just inspired me. I especially liked the fantasy behind the story, and the not so obvious romance that takes place. In short war is being waged against Icemark, and with out the help of some fantasy characters, Icemark won't survive. And after the death of the King and Thirrin's father, Thirrin is forced into the role of warrior queen. Finding Oskan a warlock in a cave might just add to her little adventure and with his help this battle might not be lost. Through out this book you see the transformation of Thirrin from a minor warrior and hunter into a queen of a country and the warrior spirit of her people. Her especially long name Thirrin- Freer Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield just adds to the adventure of this read.
This book has had several printings and personally I like the first ones cover the one up next to the synopsis's cover. The second printings cover, to the right, I don't really like, but it matches the cover of the other books in the chronicles Fire and The Last Battle of the Icemark.