''The Icemark Chronicles'' is a little-known trilogy of books by equally little-known British writer Stuart Hill. The trilogy takes place in a world so full of [[FantasyCounterpartCulture counterpart cultures]] that it may as well be a straight-out parallel world. Most of the action takes place in the Icemark, a 'tiny kingdom' in the north, and the Icesheets even further north. The Icemark is British/Norse in feel. The main antagonists are the Polypontian Empire: basically Romans with better technology. There are also the Desert People, who are Muslim Arabs, the Lusu people who seem to be based on the Zulu, and the Venettians (from Venezzia) and Hellenes(Greeks).

The books are, in order:
* '''The Cry of the Icemark''' (2005)
[[OverlyLongName Thirrin Freer Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield]], fourteen-year-old protagonist, becomes Queen of the Icemark when her father, King Redrought, is killed in battle against the invading Polypontian army. Unfortunately this battle also wipes out the Icemark's entire army, so Thirrin has to do some pretty fast organising and treaty-making over the winter to fend off a second invasion. With their new friends and allies, including [[RuleOfCool werewolves, giant Snow Leopards, vampires, the Kings of the Great Forest]], and a young warlock ([[WorldOfWarcraft no, not that kind]]) named Oskan, the Icemark faces up to the seemingly undefeatable General Scipio Bellorum and his very, very big army. [[spoiler:They win, but Bellorum escapes]], leaving [[SequelHook things open for]]...
* '''Blade of Fire''' (2007)
Set twenty years after the end of the first book, the Icemark prepares for another invasion by Bellorum. This time, he has two sons and a [[RuleOfCool fleet of bombing airships]] to help him. The Icemark High Command decides to evacuate the entire civilian population, including the youngest son of Thirrin and Oskan, [[OverlyLongName Charlemagne Athelstan Redrought Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield]], or 'Sharley' considering that nobody can really be bothered to say his whole name. Sharley, more than a little annoyed at being sent away, takes it upon himself to carry on his mother's alliance-forging work and make friends with the Desert People, with the help of his elderly tutor Maggiore Totus and Crown Prince Mekhmet of said People. Mekhmet suggests they go south to bring the Lusu people into their fight, the Lusu Queen hardly needs persuading, and they return to the Icemark in a [[BigDamnHeroes just-in-time]] blaze of glory. Hurrah! A subplot involves Sharley's one-year-older sister Medea dabbling in Dark magics. How exciting it is compared to the main plot is a matter of opinion, but [[SequelHook it sets things up for]]...
* '''Last Battle of the Icemark''' (2008)
Not quite as ominous as the title makes it seem. With the defeat of the Polypontians at the end of the second book, Hill needed a new antagonist. He settled on Erinor of Artemision and her [[RuleOfCool dinosaur cavalry]] (Triceratops used like war elephants, if you're wondering), and Oskan's father [[{{Satan}} Cronus]], his Ice Demons and his new [[TheDragon Dragon]], [[spoiler:Medea]]. Erinor's dinosaur cavalry move in on what remains of the Polypontian Empire, fully intending to move on to the Icemark afterwards. Responding to a plea for help from the Empire, a reluctant Thirrin leads her army into the heart of what was once enemy territory, leaving the Icemark open for an invasion from the Darkness. Cronus' invasion is but an attempt to force Oskan's hand, either to tempt him to join the Dark and make them invincible, or to destroy him so no mortal may stand against Cronus [[spoiler: and his eventual invasion of the heavens.]] Instead of any great battle with trebuchets and fire, [[spoiler:Oskan [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices himself]] to make use of an ancient curse that destroys magic-users who slay their own kin, defeating Cronus and Medea.]]

There is no further Sequel Hook though there is prequel called:
* '''Prince Of The Icemark''' (2013)
The prequel is set 20 years before The Cry Of The Icemark. When the King is killed, his brother Prince Redrought must rally the country and lead them into enemy territory to fight the vampires, zombies and werewolves of The-Land-of-the-Ghosts. The Prequel will also tell the story of how Redrought met Thirrin's mother.

!!Tropes include:
* ActionGirl: Thirrin in the first book. She then matures into LadyOfWar and ActionMom, and this role is taken by her daughter Cressida.
* ActionMom: Thirrin. In the second and third books, anyway.
* TheAlliance: The Icemark and its many allies. It is referred to as 'the alliance' frequently in the books, though they only get a capital letter in the third.
* AngstySurvivingTwin: [[spoiler:Eodred after Cerdic's death ]]. He gets better.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Just about anyone from the Icemark.
* BadassFamily: The royal family of the Icemark, in all three books. [[spoiler:and the royal vampires at the end of [=LBotI=], because vampire kiddies kick butt]]
* BigDamnHeroes: The allies in the first book, Sharley and the new allies in the second book.
* BigEater: King Grishmak of the werewolves eats a whole ox more than once during the trilogy. [[JustifiedTrope But then, he is a werewolf.]] Tharaman-Thar as well.
* BoisterousBruiser: King Redrought. If they make a film, BrianBlessed should play him. Queen Ketshaka III from the second book is another example.
* {{BRIAN BLESSED}}: Redrought again; WordOfGod says he was based on and should be played by him.
* CainAndAbel: Medea has an ice-cold hatred of her youngest brother because she feels that [[ParentalFavouritism her parents love him more than herself]]. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, this is true, and it results in her becoming EVIL!]]
* TheCavalry: There's a moment like this in almost every climactic battle in the books. Somehow the author makes it work.
* [[ChangedMyMindKid Changed My Mind, Kid]]: [[spoiler:The Vampires]] in ''Blade of Fire''.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Averted with Medea.
* AChildShallLeadThem: Thirrin in the first book, Charlemagne in the second, [[spoiler:and Titus in the third.]]
* CombatByChampion: In Cry of the Icemark, a general on the villains' side challenges the heroes' queen to single combat to decide the war between their lands. The deal is that if he wins, she surrenders Icemark, and if she wins, he leaves. Though Thirrin realizes and notes that this would only keep them away until a new general comes along, they do battle anyway.
* ConflictingLoyalty: The Vampires (fighting for a country that they have a 1000 year history of mutal hatred with, not to mention defeated them when they last attempted to invade), The Polypontians (Joining The Nation That Destroyed Their Empire), The Hypolitan (fighting People From Their Homeland) & Medea
* CoolSWord: Blade Of Fire
* CreepyChild: Medea
* CreepyMonotone: Medea
* [[{{Awesome/Literature}} Crowning Moment of Awesome]]: Many, but one from the last book stands out and is mentioned on the other side of that link. Whenever the characters start yelling [[ScreamingWarrior "BLOOD! BLAST! AND FIRE!"]], awesome is on the way.
* CrystalDragonJesus: The Goddess. An argument could be made for Oskan too.
** LowestCosmicDenominator: The FantasyCounterpartCulture's all have the religions of their real-world cultures, but with different names.[[note]]Except for some of the Icemark's gods, who actually have the same names, such as Thor.[[/note]]
** YouMeanXmas: The Yule celebration. Seems justified at first in that many Christmas traditions ''do'' come from the Yule festival celebrated by Northern Germanic peoples, whom the Icemark is based on; but actually played straight in that they have a Santa analogue, which the real Yule celebrations did not.
* DeadpanSnarker: Their Vampiric Majesties and occasionally Oskan, often when being needled by the former.
* DevelopmentHell: No one really knows whats going on with the Icemark movie
* DisneyVillainDeath: Hundreds of Polypontian Soldiers [[spoiler:and vampires]] fall to their deaths from the Sky Navy in ''Blade Of Fire''.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Olememnon's]] death in ''Last Battle of the Icemark'' is completely off-screen, and Pious merely tells Tharaman-Thar and Krisafitsa-Tharina that he is dead. That's it.
* DuelToTheDeath: Bellorum and His Vampiric Majesty, on a sky ship no less. [[spoiler:Bellorum wins by calling up musketeers armed with special shot (so many in fact that it could well count as a WallOfWeapons trope too), but that's OK because he gets his ass handed to him later in the book, the cheating scum.]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Medea
* EmotionlessGirl: Medea
* TheEmpire: The Polypontian empire.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: The Icemark Chronicles's third book has the enemy Basilea use 'Tri-Horns' as cavalry. Three guesses as to what they are.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Hinted at in The Cry of the Icemark, when Maggie offhandidly assumes that Oskan going to be Thirrin's consort, implying everyone was aware of their feelings. (But obviously had more important things to worry about).
* FantasyCounterpartCulture - Many. The Icemark (Britain/Scandinavia), the Polypontian Empire (Romans), the Desert People (Ottomans), the Lusu (Zulu?), Venezzia (Venice, and its associated trading republic)...
* GondorCallsForAid: Happens in almost every book, getting even more fantastical as the series goes on.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Oskan is the son of White Annis, a human witch; and Cronus, a fallen angel/spirit.
* HappilyMarried: Thirrin and Oskan in the second and third books.
* {{Hellgate}}: Sharley, Mekhmet & Kirimin get lured into The Plain Of Desolation By Medea. Oskan opens up a gate to send Medea to The Spirit Realms. Cronus sends his invading army of Ice Demons to The Physical Realm through a gateway.
* HenpeckedHusband: Subverted. Oskan sometimes acts like this, but isn't afraid to tell Thirrin when she's out of line. Thirrin even tells Cressida that its important to have a consort who will keep you accountable.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Oskan. Twice.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Sharley and Mekhmet. Also, Eodred and Howler.
* HotConsort: Oskan and Leonidas for Thirrin and Cressida respectively, both of whom are pretty hot as well; Their Vampiric Majesties.
* IntellectualAnimal: The Snow Leopards, particularly their king, Tharaman-Thar.
* LadyLand: The Hypolitan. Taken UpToEleven by the ''southern'' Hypolitan in book 3.
* LadyOfBlackMagic: Medea
* LadyOfWar: Thirrin, Cressida, and most of the Hypolitan.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Bellorum, at least at the end of the first book. After causing unimaginable suffering in his quest to conquer the Icemark, he...escapes. He gets his ass handed to him at the end of the second book, however (even if he got off lightly; see the To The Pain entry below)]]
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Thirrin and Oskan.
* MeaningfulName: With Scipio Bellorum, at least. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scipio_Africanus Scipio]] was a real-world Roman general; 'Bellorum' is Latin for 'of battles' (I think). Also Medea: knowing a little bit about Greek mythology tips you off immediately that there's something not-quite-right about this kid.
** Bellorum's sons, Sulla and Octavian, are also named after Roman generals, both of them absolutely ruthless in combat.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Medea]]
* TheMultiverse: Practically every nation mentioned is based on a real one just Twisted slightly. The Polypontus (Romans), Venezzians (Venice), Hellenes (Greek), Desert Kingdom (Ottomans), Lusu (Zulu), Hyplita/Artemisions (Amazonian Greeks)& the Icemark (Norse). There are also refrences To Dacians, Gallians, Iberians, Zephyrs. And LBOTI mentions kingdoms named after leaders titles (Khan and Potantate)
* NeverMyFault: Medea cannot bring herself to admit that she is responsible for her own evil, believing that the ParentalFavouritism for her brother Sharley is responsible for the way she is.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: ''Hun Dinosaur cavalry!''
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Except they're not. ''Icemark'' Vampires are pretty much your typical Dracula-esque vampire: they sleep in coffins, they're only killed by fire, beheading and the usual stake through the heart, they turn into bats, they don't like sunlight, etc. It's a playing straight that appears so little that it's practically a subversion. There are, however, the ''vampiris arcticus'' vampires, who don't mind sunlight. Bellorum took this badly.
* OverlyLongName: Thirrin's entire family (except Oskan & Medea).
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Pretty much every damn person in the Icemark.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: This series is pretty much just ''about'' this trope, with the Royal family of the Icemark, the Vampire King and Queen, the Snow Leopard Thar and Tharina, Prince Mekhmet, Queen Ketshaka... the list goes on. Pretty much every single royal that appears gets to fight.
* RuleOfCool: Lots of this. Talking Giant Snow Leopards! Sky Navy! Werewolves! Vampires! Undead! ''Dinosaur cavalry!''
* SchizoTech: The Icemark seems to be stuck in the Dark and Middle Ages, using longbows, trebuchets and ballistae. The Polypontians (based on the people who ''invented'' ballistae) are much more technologically advanced, using muskets, matchlock pistols, cannons with wheels, and [[spoiler: airships]]
* ScienceIsBad: Subverted ''and'' played straight. Oskan the Warlock insists frequently that science itself is not bad, pointing to Thirrin's (and later Sharley's) amiable scientist tutor Maggiore as an example. However, everyone agrees that science as used by the Polypontians - of the 'stamp out everything unscientific and take over the world' kind - is bad.
* ShoutOut: Many in the Vampire names. [[{{Dracula}} Bramorius Stokescu]] and [[ChristopherLee Christophoray Leela]], anyone? How about Lugosi?
* SuccessionCrisis: Though it never comes to be, This is one of Thirrin's main worries in Cry Of The Icemark. She marks a relative to reign while she is gone, and if she doesn't come back, that line takes over—which goes straight to the whole foreign ruler trouble. To make matters worse, there is no one else who can claim to be an heir—Thirrin is only just fourteen, and childless (obviously).
* ToThePain: Averted. Her Vampiric Majesty threatens to give [[spoiler: a captured]] Bellorum an unimaginably [[CruelAndUnusualDeath slow and painful death]], but Thirrin kills him before she gets the chance.
* TrilogyCreep: The Icemark Chronicles was originally supposed to be a trilogy but the suthor has announced he intends on writing a fourth set before the trilogy
* TwoRoadsBeforeYou: In Cry of the Icemark, the warlock has a choice between being good and being evil, and there is a very specific point in the text where he chooses: Simple, easy and powerful, or good? The choice was obvious. And then Thirrin spoke. Medea has the same choice to make in Blade Of Fire but she doesn't follow her father's example.
* TheUndead: There are pretty typical zombies that show up every now and then.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Played straight by Oskan in the first book.
* UntoUsASonAndDaughterAreBorn: [[spoiler: Lucretia and Belisarius]]
** Slightly inverted as they were designed that way (for want of a better word) as part of a deliberate BabiesEverAfter.
* VampireMonarch: All the vampires are ruled over by two ancient vampires known only as Their Vampiric Majesties.
* WackyMarriageProposal: Used after a fashion in ''Last Battle''. Cressida neither means nor wants her proposal to be wacky, but she's so awkward and hesitant in spitting it out that eventually a couple of eavesdropping guards do it for her.
* WartimeWedding: [[spoiler:Olememnon and Olympia]] in ''Blade of Fire''. Justified since it happens because [[spoiler:the Basilea]] needed a consort and Thirrin thought a marriage ceremony would boost morale. (And they were already in a relationship.)
* WarriorPrince,and princesses for that matter: practically all of them except for Medea (and Sharley in the beginning)
* WolfMan: The werewolves are described to be much like this.
* VillainProtagonist: Their Vampiric Majesties, The Polypontians, and to a lesser degree Medea







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''[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Dinosaur cavalry!]]''