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Lakeside Redemption eSt majority of them has depth as the days pass in their confinement the we learn about them and the I grew to love them all as charactersven if I didn t In Pursuit of a Princess exactly love them as people because of their weakness and strengths I loved the relationships between Solveig and her close family and friends as well as the budding relationship with Alric the skald and Hake the beserker I might or might not have lost my heart forever somewhere between the twoHeckven the animals had distinct personalities and this is no small feat Yes Hilda the Goat and Munnin the Raven I am looking at youBut of course the greatest character is Solveig and this is her coming of age Every step she takes toward being her own person is a step that comes with potential heartbreak Every single action comes with deciding to act Second Time Loving even as these decisions are not made lightlyDo you know what I loved the best about Solveig and her arc That she is a female character with agencyven though for all intents and purposes as a female character in this particular historical context she feels she has none I love how Matthew Kirby xplores the possibility of a girl wanting xpecting and achieving when nothing is Dark Awakening expected from her and all within the realm of believability And to me speaks volumes about this author s talentThea Ahh the characters I LOVED Solveig so so so much More than anythinglse Icefall is Solveig s book as the mild mannered sister chooses to become a skald and discovers the deep strength that lies within In fact Solveig might be one of my favorite literary heroines of the year because of the very reasons that Ana mentions despite Hawks Way (Hawks Way everything to the contrary Solveig finds a new path in a world where it seems women have no options This is an interesting juxtaposition with the tragiclder sister Asa who with all her beauty and grace is coveted and trapped by duty yet finds a different way to make choices for her life As Asa comes to accept her own strength she faces her greatest and most daunting challenge her father This tense relationship defines so much of Solveig s character so when she finally finds her voice it so deeply movingBeyond Solveig I loved the depth and nuance to all the characters from the young and brave Harald who so yearns to be strong Family Men enough to protect his family and live up to his father sxample to the burgeoning warrior Raudi who is trapped between being a boy and a man I loved Alric the skald with his gilded tongue and ability to use stories to inspire and change but most of all I loved Hake the captain of the berserker army an unexpected friend and loyal heart to the Creative Participation endEven the villains of the piece are treated as honest characters with understandable intentions which is no small feat Like Ana I am completely convinced of Mr Kirby s talent as an author and a storyteller with thisxpertly crafted taleFinal Thoughts Observations RatingAna Icefall was an unexpected surprise I loved this book and it is definitely a notable read of 2011 Plus as soon
as I finished it I went and bought this author s first book The Clockwork ThreeThea
I Adored This Uiet Beautiful adored this uiet beautiful finished it I went and bought this author s first book The Clockwork ThreeThea I adored this uiet beautiful from beginning to nd and cannot wait to read from Matthew J Kirby Easily one of my notable reads of 2011 if not in my top 10 favorites of the year Although this book is not very action packed I found it very ngaging While it may not have a lot going on in terms of plot it builds suspense well has a cast of likable characters and ultimately has a nice message about the power of storytelling I really Cognitive Radio Networks enjoyed it Longer review comingventually maybe More people need to read this Really it s such a great book The writing was uniue in a way that I liked It wasn t
overly flourished using big words and lenghty sentences flourished using big words and lenghty sentences convey a message and yet it added to the story s magic When people scoff about YA and middle grade books I think of these kinds of books They are worth reading Personnel Management in Government even though it s written for a younger audience I just don t know how authors can do itIn this book we have Solveig who is the second daughter of the king but because she isn t prettynough to be of use with marriage like her sister she feels inadeuate The setting is in a fortress that is surrounded by mountains and they are trapped for the winter There is a war going on outside these mountains and they were sent there for protection but they soon discover that it s anything but safe There is a traitor in their midst I would say who my favorite characters are and why but I might give something away So I ll just say my favorite characters are Solveig and her little brother who is also the heir to the throne Herald He is Out of This World easy going and has a playfulness that still belongs to young boys Herald has anffortless way with people but he is still young and wants so much to prove himself And Solveig Solveig Solvieg who doesn t love an underestimated underdog She has to discover her self worth during this winter She has to be stronger than The Time It Never Rained ever now and realize her talents The Berserkers are big thug looking guys that at first sight seem barbaric but Solvieg has a way of seeing the best in people I grew to care about them as Solveig does and she grows to loveveryone in the fortress The Child of the Soul and Other Stories even though she knows one of them has betray her those she loves and her poeple Everyone is a suspect only Solveig and Herald you are sure about and when they are revealed Solveig is sad than angry because it doesn t matter she still loves them I was left guessing right up until the reveal but that isn t a surprise I m not usually one of those reader who figures out the twist and tries to look for clues With. G ice refuses to break terrible acts of treachery soon make it clear that a traitor lurks in their midst A malevolent air begins to seep through the fortress walls and a smothering claustrophobia slowly turns these prisoners of winter against one anotherThose charged with prote. Young adult fiction tied to myths and stories Yep that s me And it turned out to be a gripping and imaginative story with great characters and a uniue setting Kirby reallyxplores issues of trust in a community pushed to the brink while at the same telling a powerful coming of age story about a child awkwardly trying to find her identity in contrast to the beautiful sister and the young brother and heir to the throneThree reasons you should read this one1 Great characters Starting with Solveig this story is a mix of great characters As noted above Solveig struggles to find her place in the world She is plain and has no clear place in the hierarchy of her community Her sister is the beautiful princess who reminds veryo image rror First ImpressionsThea When I started Icefall I xpected an ngaging YA fantasy novel I certainly was not The Soviet Union expecting to be sonthralled by this beautiful breathtaking legiac tale A fable of family loyalty honor a story about the strength of truth a lovingly crafted ode to the craft of storytelling Icefall is all of these things In the shortest plainest terms I loved this bookAna Icefall was not at all what I xpected the cover is uite misleading I thought promising the grandeur of a Fantasy setting whilst in reality the setting has very few Fantasy trappings and the story itself is of the uiet slow kind the kind that slowly yet surely shows its true face it began like any other YA novel only to Science, Technology and Culture end as one of the strongest stories I read this year I too loved this bookOn the PlotThea The second daughter of a great King Solveig has always felt overlooked forgotten and insignificant Herldest sister Asa is so beautiful with her hair like gold and skin like cream that a war is started for her hand Her younger brother Harald is strong and brave and all know that he will make another great King when their father s time has passed But uiet meek Solveig is neither beautiful nor strong she is merely Solveig When a great war is waged between the king his a rival warlord Gunnlaug Solveig Asa and Harald are sent to a remote fjord with a group of the king s most trusted warriors guard and berserker alike to stay out the duration of the war As the weeks pass and the fjord freezes over the group settles in for the winter isolated and supposedly safeuntil they find a pair of footprints they cannot account for in the snow First there is doubt then there is poison Soon it becomes clear to the group that there is a traitor in their midst and only the uiet observant Solveig can find the truthIcefall the second novel from Matthew J Kirby is an utterly fantastic No Beast So Fierce enthralling feat of storytelling At first glance it s a story about a group of people snowed in for the winter with a traitor in their midst On another level it is a tale about a royal family and a shy overlooked girl coming into her own and learning that she is so much than anyone believes On yet another level Icefall is Scheherazadian a story within a story memories woven together to make a larger heartbreaking tapestry What can I say about this book to convey my awe and love for its telling I loved the integration of Norse mythology from the rich oral history tradition of skalds to the awe inspiring and terrifying power wielded by berserker warriors Most of all I loved the writing Take forxample the truths about storytelling A story is not a thing A story is an act It only xists in the brief moment of
its telling The uestion you must ask is what a story has the telling The uestion you must ask is what a story has the to do The truth of something you do is very different from the truth of something you knowAnd Until now I thought only
Of What Stories Could Do In Their what stories could do in their I was the ploughman turning the hearts of my audience like soil thinking I could bend the arth to my will But stories have a uieter and subtle power than that Now I see that I am also the ploughman s wife walking behind him dropping seeds into the Last Chance Bride earth leaving them to grow in meaning I realize thatvery story I have Whos Cheatin Who? (Thoroughbred Legacy ever heard is a part of me deeply rooted whispering behind my thoughtsWhatlse can I say I do not want to give away because Icefall is a lush stark beauty of a book written in the style of Marillier and Shinn I loved the mystery Lawman Lover (Outlaws, element of the novel which I think comes to a fitting if sadnd I loved the relationships and characters But on that in a bitAna Yes yes what Thea said I loved verything about it its several layers of storytelling
the different aspects of the tale part mystery part coming of different aspects of the tale part mystery part coming of part something lse altogether the characters and the writing itselfTo me the greatest strength of Icefall lies Mystery at Kittiwake Bay eually on its uietness and on how it combines beautifully the threads of a mystery novel with a coming of age tale The former comes from Solveig herself the type of person she is and how her uiet personality surfaces in her own narrative Even though the plot of the novel speaks of horrible wondrous things like treason and murder her narrative conveys those almost in a subdued way that is all the powerful for all themotional punches that hides beneath I also loved how unpredictable the mystery was at one point I suspected Dangerous Waters (Cold Case Files everybody and when the final revelation came I felt it was believableFor all its uietness though when the story reaches its climax it is out of this world awesome it is when the story turns trulypic as though the characters have become the creatures of legend themselves Given how Solveig s story is also about the power of words the power of storytelling this was not only fitting but also xtremely coolOn the CharactersAna The characters are so well developed the va. Trapped in a hidden fortress tucked between towering mountains and a frozen sea Solveig along with her brother the crown prince their older sister and an army of restless warriors anxiously awaits news of her father's victory at battle But as winter stretches on and the unendin. .
review Icefall author Matthew J. Kirby.
Self discovery betrayal twists treachery love Nordic myths forgiveness and ven a little action there is a lot to look forward to in this book Please try it if you are at all interested in fairy tales With all the Rick Riordan obsessiveness and the focus on GreekRomanEgyptian mythology I was REALLY xcited to find a book that focuses on Norse mythology Also really xcited to find out that it was a mystery and not set in contemporary times and with a strong female protagonist and beautiful writingI listened to the audio book on this way without knowing at first that it s narrated by my FAVORITEST audio book narrator Jenna Lamia and it was a great way to An Italian Education experience the book First because a lot of the nameswords are not super intuitive to pronounce of course the word skald is pronounced scowled and second because Jenna Lamia is THE BEST at internal monologue and thoughtful heroines I LOVED that this book centers around a mystery and Norse mythology but at its core it s a book about the POWER of STORIES Itxplores a lot about what it means for a story to be true and what it means to be a storyteller I also loved how the author wove in the Norse mythology to parallel the journey taken by its main characters Solveig is such a lovely wonderful character and I want to find out what happens to her after the book Protecting the Colton Bride Coltons Cowboy Code endsThis book also has the distinction of being able to transcend age I am pretty sure that a strong 4th grade reader will appreciate this as much as a 10th grader would I am reading this book with my 9 12 year old book club and I hope they like it Solveig her beautiful older sister and her younger brother heir to the throne have been sent to an isolated fort to be safe while their father battles annemy who wanted to marry her sister With them are a skald or bard some family servants and some soldiers including a berserker Solveig thinks that as the middle child she has nothing to offer she is plain she is a girl but the skald tells her she could learn to be one of the few female skalds Thus over the long winter when they are closed in by the winter Solveig studies the craft of the skaldBut danger is Look-Alike Lawman (Texas Twins, everywhere Solveig dreams ofnemies coming to attack Someone Daddy Wanted else is sharing the snowy land with them and they may be housing a traitor or than one More and Solveig feels she is walking on very thin ice as danger and death stalkach of themIf you re interested in Norse history and their way of life this is a great book to read The many small mysteries keep the tension building through the book until it s almost unbearable I also read Kirby s THE LOST KINGDOM and liked it I m definitely going to keep an ye out for his books And how I fear that day for I know that when I look into my betrayer s face I will see someone I thought I knew And I will still love themA Nordic king has gone to war To protect his three children while he is away he has sent them with a small household to remote steading Later
Just Before The Fjord Freezes before fjord freezes and shuts the steading in for the winter he sends reinforcements a force of berserkers who xist uneasily alongside the others who dwell thereOur heroine is Solveig the middle child of the king Her beautiful older sister Asa will bring a great alliance when she marries Her younger brother Harald will be a warrior and become king one day Solveig plain and seemingly unremarkable feels overlooked by her father She is however a talented storyteller and the king s skald Alric takes her under his wing and begins teaching her the art This training provide It seems there is no one I can fully
TRUST NO ONE WITHOUT A SECRET no one without a secret inside themselves This uote describes half of the bookEveryone has secrets And this book keeps showing thatThe writing is beautiful Snowy River Man easy and fast to read It never gets boringThe art of telling a story plays a big part in this bookEven though there isn t much action this book keeps you guessing who may the traitor beThe story has a steady pace that focuses in the fact that we don t know anyone as well as we think and that we always find out new things aboutven the closest people to This was a different book than I Night Moves (Harlequin Blaze expected I d talked to Matt Kirby about it a bit which is how I scored an ARC but for all our talk of skalds andddas there was very little talk of plot For instance I was under the impression perhaps based on the cover pic that it was an adventure as in the main character goes on a uest and that it had fantastical Les brumes d'avalon : roman elementsNopeNotice I m not saying that this is a bad thing but it is definitely a different thing I will be honest I am frankly wary of books that take on vikings or any Nordic settings This is my heritage this is what my degree is in and I am so FRAKKING SICK of vikings being portrayed as big nose picking brutes or the medieval Scandinavian people as stupid and living in sualor It is particularly bad in middle grade books So I started this book with oneye closed just in case that was where it was goingNope againThis is a wonderful book that fully captures the rhythms of life in a Norwegian hall in winter The class system the food stories it s all there The writing is flawless and the story unfolds with a steady pace neither rushing to give us MORE ACTION nor too slowly and causing boredom In short this is the sort of book about medieval Norway I wish I could have had when I was twelve Simply fabulous and I truly hope that there is Malakai (Wicked Games, either a seuel or that Kirby chooses to return to this setting He has wonderfulye for the details that make The Carpenters Wife and Heart of Stone every day life fascinating and I would love to see him take on this time period again. Cting the king's children are all suspect and the siblings must choose their allies wisely But who can be trusted so far from their father's watchfulye Can Solveig and her siblings survive the long winter months and xpose the traitor before he succeeds in destroying a kingdo.