The Cry of the Icemark - Stuart Hill From the very first page, Stuart Hill throws you right into the story.

It opens will our heroine, Thirrin, being attack by a creature of which I will not speak. The battle is short but grabs our interest and makes us want to learn more about Thirrin's world.

Her father is King of the Icemark, a land plagued by wars. He's a very lovable character who unfortunately, we don't get to finish the story with. I absolutely love Oskan. He's so nice yet so mysterious.

Thirrin has to draw on the power of the creatures that have long plagued Icemark. She has to make shaky alliances with some of them that she's not quite sure will hold up. We're introduced to creatures we already really know, but the author has a different and interesting take on them.

Overall, I think this is a great book. Four stars easy. I tried to read its sequal, Blade of Fire, but I couldn't make it to the end. So, I think The Cry of the Icemark is a great stand-alone book.