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Bridges of Madison County live and eat in one building the royal family shares space with warriors and servants Soon nerves are frayed and friendships are threatened This also serves as a great stage for the story elements as Solveig struggles to come to terms with being a skald and her gifts and identity The sense of being trapped the picture of a community pushed to the edge the harsh reality of the Norse world are all captured here3 The power of story Kirby not only weaves a great story himself but artfully explores the power of story in realife He shows how we use stories to find our place in the arger world and to make sense of ideas emotions history and relationships Stories can alter our mood change our perspective and unite a community among other things kirby both shows this with his own skillful narrative and highlights it within the story using the Norse myths and the stories Alric and Solveig tellAs should be clear from the above Kirby weaves a great tale There is historical detail psychological insight mystery intrigue and And of course there is a climatic conclusionA great story for readers young and old And how I fear that day for I know that when I ook into my betrayer s face I will see someone I thought I knew And I will still Dominant FUTA Collection 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 a remote steading Later just before the fjord freezes over and shuts the steading in for the winter he sends reinforcements a force of berserkers who exist 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 provides much thought provoking debate on the power of stories and the role of a skald and as Icefall progresses Solveig wonders if she will need to challenge Alric s teachings in order to be true to herselfFor Solveig and everyone else at the steading is in mortal danger The group is now shut in by the ice and a traitorurks in their midst Matthew J Kirby perfectly creates an unbearable tension Murder and sabotage stalk the hall Everyone suspects everyone else even their own The Grand Sophy loved ones Food is scarce and the only thing that alleviates the food insecurity is when people dieeaving for the others food that is now salted with guilt And as terrifying as the winter is Solveig has had a nightmare that seems to predict even worse disaster when the spring thaw comes Intertwined with the main narrative are flashbacks in which Solveig tells anecdotes from her past reminiscences that tell us about the characters the suspects and why they are so dear to her heartThe characters are well drawn Solveig has a fantastic coming of age journey beginning as an insecure girl and becoming a heroine worthy of A New Society legend I also can t go without mentioning Hake captain of the berserkers gruff and dangerous but withayers upon Three Chinese Poets layers of depth beneath the surface Every major character is complex Even characters who do despicable things are portrayed in three dimensions and have realistic motives for what they do and realistic weaknesses They may be the villains of Solveig s story but they see themselves as the heroes of their own an idea that Alric touches upon in his teachingAll of this great storytelling and characterization is enhanced even by beautiful writing Kirby has a great ear for metaphor All of the skyooks Bounty of the Blood Witch (Dragon Hero, like a burntog in the morning hearth cold spent and ashen There s a good rhythm to the prose too making It Feel Like A feel Lestate dei giochi spezzati like a Solveig is telling us by the fireI very nearly missed out on Icefall twice I received an ARCast year but was swamped and knew my co reviewer Bill see his reviewwas a Kirby fan and passed it along to him and then after reading his stellar review selfishly
WISHED I D HELD ON TO IT THEN RECENTLYI d held on to it Then recently checked it out from the Cooking for a Crowd library but kept not getting around to it until I got an overdue notice and decided to hurry up and read it before I took it back I m so very very glad I did Don t make my mistake people don t put off reading this book Icefall is stunningly good More people need to read this Really it s such a great book The writing was uniue in a way that Iiked It wasn t overly flourished using big words and A History of the English Language in 100 Places lenghty sentences to 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 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 pretty enough to be of use with marriageike 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 I might give something away So I just say my favorite characters are Solveig and her The South Beach Diet Supercharged little brother who is also the heir to the throne Herald He is easy going and has a playfulness that still belongs to young boys Herald has an effortless way with people but he is still young and wants so much to prove himself And Solveig Solveig Solvieg who doesn tove an underestimated underdog She has to discover her self worth during this winter She has to be stronger than ever now and realize her talents The Berserkers are big thug Surviving the Silence 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 toove everyone in the fortress even though she knows one of them has betray her those she Kursk 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 stilloves them I was Because It Feels Good 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 toook for clues With self discovery betrayal twists treachery National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy (Pelican Books) love Nordic myths forgiveness and even aittle action there is a The Christmas Scorpion (Jack Reacher, lot toook forward to in this book Please try it if you are at all interested in fairy tales image error. 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 watchful eye Can Solveig and her siblings survive the ong winter months and expose the traitor before he succeeds in destroying a kingdo. Ative conveys those almost in a subdued way that is all the powerful for all the emotional punches that hides beneath I also The Obliterated Man loved how unpredictable the mystery was at one point I suspected 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 truly epic as though the characters have become the creatures ofegend themselves Given how Solveig s story is also about the power of words the power of storytelling this was not only fitting but also extremely coolOn the CharactersAna The characters are so well developed the vast majority of them has depth as the days pass in their confinement the we Figlio dellolocausto learn about them and the I grew toove them all as characters even if I didn t exactly Mr Majeika and the School Book Week love them as people because of their weakness and strengths Ioved 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 Outliving lost my heart forever somewhere between the twoHeck even the animals had distinct personalities and this is no small feat Yes Hilda the Goat and Munnin the Raven I amooking 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 even as these decisions are not made Landscapes of Communism lightlyDo you know what Ioved the best about Solveig and her arc That she is a female character with agency even though for all intents and purposes as a female character in this particular historical context she feels she has none I New Years Rockin Evil (Futurama Comics love how Matthew Kirby explores the possibility of a girl wanting expecting and achieving when nothing is 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 anything else Icefall is Solveig s book as the mild mannered sister chooses to become a skald and discovers the deep strength thaties within In fact Solveig might be one of my favorite iterary heroines of the year because of the very reasons that Ana mentions despite 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 tragic elder 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 ife 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 Tough Girl loved the depth and nuance to all the characters from the young and brave Harald who so yearns to be strong enough to protect his family andive up to his father s example to the burgeoning warrior Raudi who is trapped between being a boy and a man I oved Alric the skald with his gilded tongue and ability to use stories to inspire and change but most of all I oved Hake the captain of the berserker army an unexpected friend and Perfect Phrases for Lead Generation loyal heart to the 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 this expertly crafted taleFinal Thoughts Observations RatingAna Icefall was an unexpected surprise Ioved 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 book from beginning to end 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 This was a different book than I 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
and eddas there was very ittle talk of plot For instance I was under the impression perhaps based oneddas there was very ittle talk of plot For instance I was under the impression perhaps based on cover pic that it was an adventure as in the main character goes on a uest and that it had fantastical 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 iving in sualor It is particularly bad in middle grade books So I started this book with one eye closed just in case that was
where it was goingNope againThis is a wonderful book that fully captures the rhythms ofit was goingNope againThis is a wonderful book that fully captures the rhythms of 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 either a seuel or that Kirby chooses to return to this setting He has wonderful eye for the details that make every day ife fascinating and I would ove to see him take on this time period again 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 an enemy 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 he Although this book is not very action packed I found it very engaging While it may not have a ot going on in terms of plot it builds suspense well has a cast of Beowulf is my name (Rinehart editions, 146) likable characters and ultimately has a nice message about the power of storytelling I really enjoyed it Longer review coming eventually maybe 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 really explores 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 everyone of her beautiful mother and whose beauty brings status to her father the king Her brother is the young heir to the throne full of youthful energy and already showing signs of strength and courage But it turns out she does have gifts and these will play a important role in theife of the community than anyone would have predictedIn addition you have Alric the sklad who is mentoring Solveig but who seems to ack any clear allegiances or commitments except hi. G ice refuses to break terrible acts of treachery soon make it clear that a traitor urks 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.
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KirbyIt seems there is no one I can fully trust no one without a secret concealed inside themselves This uote describes half of the bookEveryone has secrets And this book keeps showing thatThe writing is beautiful 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 about even the closest people to usIt also focuses on the growing up subject and realizing your place in the world and knowing yourself A Gentleman for Dry Creek (Dry Creek, leaning that being YOU is enoughOne of the things this book shows is that our first impressions are almost always wrong and maybe the one we judge the most end up at the end being our closest of friends and alliesThe main character Solveig is very naive yet very smart She doesn t think highly of herself She feels unneeded by everyone and unloved by her fatherSolveig is a gifted storyteller and a very realistic characterAnd have a slow development but that allows us to see her growthI reallyiked how she narrates the storyEvery character in this book is complex and are very realistic with their fears regrets and problemsSolveig and Hake s relationship is my favourite from this book They are so good to each other Family not always comes from blood And her relationship with her Trail of Evidence (Capitol K-9 Unit little brother is soovingI Architecture by Birds and Insects loved almost all of the relationships in this book And how I fear that day for I know that when Iook into my betrayer s face I will see someone I thought I knew And I will still Beyond Carnival love them One of my favourite uotes This book has many beautiful moments With all the Rick Riordan obsessiveness and the focus on GreekRomanEgyptian mythology I was REALLY excited to find a book that focuses on Norse mythology Also really excited to find out that it was a mystery and not set in contemporary times and with a strong female protagonist and beautiful writingIistened 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 experience the book First because a Microsociology 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 It explores aot about what it means for a story to be true and what it means to be a storyteller I also Lefty loved how the author wove in the Norse mythology to parallel the journey taken by its main characters Solveig is such aovely wonderful character and I want to find out what happens to her after the book 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 ike it First ImpressionsThea When I started Icefall I expected an engaging YA fantasy novel I certainly was not expecting to be so enthralled by this beautiful breathtaking elegiac tale A fable of family oyalty honor a story about the strength of truth a Shadow of the Vampire lovingly crafted ode to the craft of storytelling Icefall is all of these things In the shortest plainest terms Ioved this bookAna Icefall was not at all what I expected 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 Statistical Computing in C++ and R like any other YA novel only to end as one of the strongest stories I read this year I toooved this bookOn the PlotThea The second daughter of a great King Solveig has always felt overlooked forgotten and insignificant Her eldest sister Asa is so beautiful with her hair Human Aspects of Software Engineering like gold and skinike 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 Waged Between The King His A great war is waged the king his a 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 Theand only the observant Solveig can find the truthIcefall the second novel from Matthew J Kirby is an utterly fantastic 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 How to Make a Plant Love You level it is a tale about a royal family and a shy overlooked girl coming into her own andearning that she is so much than anyone believes On yet another Cities and Dialogue level Icefall is Scheherazadian a story within a story memories woven together to make aarger heartbreaking tapestry What can I say about this book to convey my awe and Christmas Doll love for its telling Ioved 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 Dark Tide Rising (William Monk loved the writing Take for example the truths about storytelling A story is not a thing A story is an act It only exists in the brief moment of its telling The uestion you must ask is what a story has the power 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 moment I was the ploughman turning the hearts of my audienceike soil thinking I could bend the earth 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 earth The Internet Book leaving them to grow in meaning I realize that every story I have ever heard is a part of me deeply rooted whispering behind my thoughtsWhat else can I say I do not want to give away because Icefall is aush stark beauty of a book written in the style of Marillier and Shinn I The Queen from Provence (Plantagenet Saga, loved the mystery element of the novel which I think comes to a fitting if sad end Ioved the relationships and characters But on that in a bitAna Yes yes what Thea said I Fearless Jack loved everything about it its severalayers of storytelling the different aspects of the tale part mystery part coming of age part something else altogether the characters and the writing itselfTo me the greatest strength of Icefall The Film Club lies 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 thingsike treason and murder her narr. 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. ,
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