Icefall

Icefall

by Matthew J. Kirby

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ISBN-13: 9780545274258
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2013
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 192,180
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 7.46(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author


Matthew J. Kirby is the critically acclaimed author of the middle-grade novels Icefall, which won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery and the PEN Literary Award for Children's Literature; The Clockwork Three, which was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start; The Lost Kingdom; Last Descendants, an Assassin's Creed novel; The Quantum League: Spell Robbers; and Cave of Wonders, the fifth book in the Infinity Ring series. He was born in Utah and grew up in Maryland, California, and Hawaii. Matthew is currently at work on his next novel.

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Icefall 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this before and think it's great! I'd suggest it to anyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its also sad, i cried a lot! but that means its a great book if it has the power to make u cry... definetly recomend it!!!! Its an amazing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was sad but inspiring. It was a bit confusing in some parts but in total, i thinkk it was an amazing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very intreaging read.An influince of great friendship
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing and hard to put down,if you read clockwork three,and just wanna know if this is good,i totaly recomend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book got very boring in the middle. As i restarted it the end has a very intersting twist! It made me hooked till the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kirby has done it again with this intriguing book. The style of writing is welcome as it was in The Clockwork Three I enjoyed this book, and can't wait to see what's next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and i really liked it at the end i could not stop reading it
SheilaCornelisse on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book has it all. I laughed, I cried, and I stayed up until 2am just to finish it. Set in a frozen fjord high in the mountains, Solveig (the middle child and daughter of a King) is hidden away together with her young brother (the crown prince), her beautiful older sister, and an assortment of people assigned to protect them while their father is embroiled in a battle resulting from his refusal to let a neighbouring king marry his eldest daughter. When tragedy befalls the group, and Solveig's dream premonitions begin to come true, someone is expected of being a traitor, but who amongst the king's "loyal" servents could commit such a crime. The characters jump off the page and into your head. The author has a style of writing that sparks the imagination and touches the emotions. I have also read and recommend "The Clockwork Three" and will definitely look for future works by Matthew J. Kirby.
foggidawn on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby is the story of a Viking princess, Solveig, who is sent, with her sister and brother, to a remote hiding place while her father fights a war. Solveig is neither beautiful like her sister, nor valuable to her father like her brother the crown prince. She is trying to find her place in the world, while feeling like a prisoner in many ways. While hiding at their remote hall, many of her father's soldiers sent to guard Solveig and her siblings are poisoned. It seems there is a traitor in their midst -- but who will Solveig suspect? One of her beloved siblings? A servant who has been with the family for years? Her father's most trusted warrior? The guard captain who has always treated her with kindness and respect? The skald (storyteller) who has just begun to teach her his craft? As hardships mount up and word from the king seems slow in coming, will tensions and suspicions tear the little group of survivors apart -- or will some outside force destroy them?I really enjoyed this book, despite the fact that, for some reason, I was expecting fantasy (which it's not). Kirby really does a good job making Solveig's world real to the reader, and the characters all had strengths and weaknesses, so that there wasn't an obvious villain. I did think the pacing was a little bit slow in places, but not enough to really interfere with my enjoyment of the book. If you're interested in Nordic culture and enjoy books like Jonathan Stoud's Heroes of the Valley or Nancy Farmer's The Sea of Trolls, you should definitely read this book.
bookwren on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Brilliant! Brilliant characters with much depth; brilliant, suspenseful, emotional plot; brilliant setting that is alive and a character in itself. Though this book ends well and does not beg for a sequel, I would love to read more of Solveig as she develops her skald skills with Hake at her side.I love the pearls of wisdom about stories and storytelling, delivered mostly by Alric, but pondered and developed by Solveig. I love how Solveig finds the heart and gentleness in the berserker captain, Hake. I love how Solveig returns again and again to the glacier, wondering if it will be her doom or her savior. The glacier and the fjord are alive in Kirby's prose and set much of the story's mood. I love that Solveig sees the grace and beauty of the wolves that are most often maligned. I love that Solveig is a character I'd like to meet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is sad but happy at the same time
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I got this for my birthday a few years ago and finished it the same day. Needless to say it was a consuming read.
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Best suspension book ever. My parents MADE me go outside and stop reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Solevig's stories are good and they paint a picture of what is hapening in the story. It proves that Matthew Kirby is avery good writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just cant explain how much i love this book!
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