City of Ice (City Trilogy)
by Laurence Yep
Cover Artist: John Rowe
Review by Harriet Klausner
Starscape Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765319258
Date: 07 June 2011 List Price $17.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
In 1941 after their dangerous encounter on the Hawaiian Islands (see City of Fire) Scirye and her friends (Leech the orphan, Koko the badger, and Bayang the dragon) chase after their deadly adversaries, evil sorcerer Mr. Roland and Badik the dragon. They know if Mr. Roland obtains the Emperor Yu's lost magical treasure, he will be nearly invincible; he already is very powerful as he seeks the second artifact.
In the Waste of the Arctic Circle where none leave, Prince Tarkhun and his daughter Roxanna join the companions on their quest. As their situation turns dire, Scirye asks for the spirit of the North to help them. When a giant polar bear arrives from nowhere, the companions hope the beast is on their side.
The second Scirye alternate history fantasy continues the non-stop adventures of the heroine and her friends as they go from the heat of Hawaii to frozen Waste of the Arctic. The story line is fast-paced from the onset and never slows down as the team with additional volunteers tries to prevent Mr. Roland from obtaining the second relic.
Although adults will wish there were less teasing banter that seems to be a sub-genre requirement of young adult fantasy, middle school children will want to join Scirye and her team as they traverse the iced tundra on their quest to save the world.