Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
Summary: 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 unending ice refuses to break, terrible acts of treachery soon make it clear that a traitor lurks in their midst.
Battles and treachery. That’s what awaits you when you pick this up.
Solvieg, Harald and Asa were sent away from their home to an area enclosed in glaciers. It never stops snowing. Asa is the oldest, then Solvieg and then Harald. Their father the King is away at war. He sends Beserker warriors to protect his children. In battle, the Beserker gang comes upon them and they don’t recognize anyone. All they do is kill. Definitely a good idea to put them near children. (Note the sarcasm.)
But there is a problem. They have low rations and someone let out the cows, which are found dead. Few survive. And amongst the living is the traitor … But who is it?
With battle scenes, treachery, problems and solutions, Icefall captures the attention of all. The plot is generally fast. But predicting won’t help you. It’s like trying to catch a thief in the night.
The narrator, Solvieg, is my favorite thing in the book. She isn’t pretty like Asa or strong like Harald. She is jammed in the middle and always forgotten. Sometimes even her father forgets her name. Through all the challenges and problems in the book, she accepts who she is. And after losing friends, she finds herself.
If you like battles, courage and mystery, read Icefall! This book totally deserves the OPLberry award!-Maggie
This book is amazing. I like how there is a traitor among them. If there wasn’t a traitor in the book, the book would be really bad. I am not saying that the author could not have made it be ok without the traitor. All I am saying is the traitor is a big part in how everything happened.-Eric
I thought this book was very, very good, and was also quite distinguished. It is about a girl named Solveig who is the king’s second daughter, but doesn’t seem to have the makings of a princess, or of any royalty at all. Though her brother is still very young, he is an excellent fighter. And her older sister is so beautiful that every man who enters her fathers court instantly wants to marry her. When Solveig, her siblings, and their closest servants are sent away to escape war, Solveig’s true abilities are revealed.-Skyler