Was glad I got this one at the library, as definitely not a keeper. The first book in the series "Strange Brews" was much funnier and less predictable. This book picks up the plot about 10 years later, with minor characters from the last book. Was not impressed with the chemistry between the hero and heroine. The magical sword appears in the plot again, but the mages and powers in this book are not as integrated or well developed. Has an obvious lead in to another sequel with an equally predictable plot and already identified hero/heroine for the next book. Oh well! Okay for a senseless read, but I had to put this book down and read something else because I got bored.
Need to read the first Strange Brews before this one, but otherwise a goodie.
Very good story and very interesting. loved this book. Has a different ending then I exepcted.
The peace of amrodel has come to an end. the power of the Arch Mage had grown strong enough to reach the woodlands even from where he lay undead in the mountain,and he'd wasted no time in immobilizing the kingdom'd defenders. Only;one hope remained:A GIRLLLLLLLLL, THE WOULD-BE SORCER Cahira, Her archery was a nonpareil, but she had never been able to focus her magic. Upon her shoulders lay the fate of her people...
The mages of Woodland in Amrodel have been caught unaware from the evil of the Arch Mage who has put many of them into a comatose sleep. This is the first step by the malevolent being to escape his tomb incarceration.
The last hope in the Woodlands rests with Cahira. She is provided with the dragonfly sword, the only know weapon that can kill the Arch Mage, and a shield containing what little is left of magical prowess by the mages. Her quest is to find the Warrior of the Light, the only person who can use the sword. However, by seeking this champion she has also provided the Arch Mage the second step in his resurrection. When Cahira meets Aren, chief of the Norsk she feels she has found the hero to battle the Arch Mage. They, accompanied by his men, begin the journey to the catacomb of the Arch Mage for the final confrontation.
PRINCE OF ICE is a fun coming of age fantasy in which the young champions are learning on the job while fighting an invincible opponent with the stakes being the world (talk about pressure). Cahira and Aren is an interesting paring as their respective people have an adversarial history while the Arch Mage is cleverly kept in the shadows making him seem even more powerful and sinister. Fans of quest fantasies will find this tale quite appealing.
Fascinating story from old Norway.