Stuart Hill was born in Leicester, in the East Midlands of England, where he still lives today. His family heritage includes English, Irish, Romany and Jewish blood. As a student his grades were average at best, but he was fortunate to have a teacher who inspired in him a lifelong love of reading. Since leaving school, he has worked as a teacher and an archaeologist, and now balances life as both a bookseller and a writer.
The Cry of the Icemark is his first novel. When he was a teenager, Stuart lost "the real Thirrin," his red-haired sister Kathleen, to leukemia. The story of the brave young warrior-queen who faces impossible dangers is dedicated to her. The Cry of the Icemark won the Ottakars Prize for the best new children’s novel - Ottakars is one of the UK's leading book chains. Foreign rights have been sold to over 14 countries, and Fox have bought the movie rights.
Blade of Fire, the second in the Icemark Chronicles series was published in the UK in September 2006 and in the USA in February 2007.
Stuart says that his influences include H. Rider Haggard, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Margaret Abbey—his former grade school teacher who is also a writer of historical novels.
Stuart Hill's books
The Icemark is a kingdom in grave danger. Its king has been killed in battle, its enemy lies in wait, and its fate rests on the shoulders of one girl. Thirrin Freer Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield, a beautiful princess and an intrepid warrior, must find a way to protect her land from a terrible invasion. She will forge an extraordinary alliance of noble Snow Leopards, ancient Va...(Read More)
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17 years have passed since the tiny kingdom of the Icemark last defended itself from invasion. Now Thirrin and Oskan have five children, but Scipio Bellorum has a family too - and he is back with his sons and a fleet of sky ships to finish what he started in the Icemark!
based on 4,594 ratings.
With her murderous daughter, Medea, banished to the spirit world, Queen Thirrin's tiny kingdom of Icemark has enjoyed peace. But Medea is out for revenge. Allied with the King of the Darkness & his terrifying Ice Demons, the power of evil grows stronger day by day. The dark is rising & the Icemark & its allies must stop it.
based on 2,304 ratings.
Brave young Prince Redrought must defend his country from a supernatural invasion force of ferocious werewolves, vampires and zombies.When his brother, the King, is killed in battle, Prince Redrought must rally his people and learn to defend his tiny kingdom against savage supernatural invaders – werewolves, vampires and zombies. Redrought must take the fight to enemy territo...(Read More)
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'My words were drowned as suddenly the world seemed to be split apart by a huge yell that roared in the air. The Viking war-cry!'It's 867, and young Aldwyn and his family have heard rumours that the terrifying Viking army are heading for York. Can they protect their home and escape in time?Jump into a gripping first-person adventure about life in the Saxon kingdom of Northumbri...(Read More)
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Fire! Fire! tells the story of a young boy trapped in London as the Great Fire takes hold. 350 years since fire swept through the city in 1666, this gripping first-hand account is perfect for children studying the Great Fire at school. An exciting story - perfect for readers interested in the history of London.
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