Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Another book for proto-medievalists

Kid #1 has really taken to Stuart Hill's The Cry of the Icemark. He's already figured out that the Icemark is probably medieval Iceland, the warriors who fight for it are pseudo-Vikings, and the enemy Polypontian Empire is a doppelganger for the Romans. It's not as well written or as historically adept as Nancy Farmer's Sea of Trolls (a great favorite of mine), and it is terribly derivative, but it's also good to see a juvenile fantasy book with a heroine as fierce as Thirrin Freer Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield.

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