My second novel won’t be released until later this year on October 1st, but I’m really excited to share a little glimpse of it with you now. So here is the synopsis for my next middle-grade novel, Icefall.

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 unending ice refuses to break, terrible acts of treachery soon make it clear that a traitor lurks 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 another.

Those charged with protecting 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 and unchallenged authority? Can Solveig and her siblings survive the long winter months and expose the traitor before he succeeds in destroying a king, his empire, and his children?

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  1. Julie Hughes

     /  March 12, 2011

    I feel so special to have been an early reader. It’s a fabulous book and I can’t wait to see it in print!

  2. Great synopsis. If I didn’t already know it was a great story, I would certainly be motivated to read it now. I hoping you’re going to let me read one of the ARCs.

  3. Can’t wait to read it! It sounds exciting.

  4. Kim Woodruff

     /  March 17, 2011

    That looks great! Can’t wait to read it.

  5. Alex Carr

     /  March 20, 2011

    Looks good already. Can’t wait. 🙂

  6. Roonil

     /  March 27, 2011

    That looks (italics) good. Those enchanting adventure stories are just so hard to find. I must say I am rather excited for its arrival, but I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to read it. Sadly, it’s increasingly more difficult to find time to read for pleasure…
    But. The title is awesome. I am always irked when authors will name their book something dull, boring, or just plain stupid. I won’t list any here for obvious reasons…
    Congratulations on its completion though! You must feel considerably accomplished.
    I know I would.

    • Matthew

       /  March 31, 2011

      Thanks, Roonil. I hope you find more time to read more for pleasure, whether it’s my book or any book.

  7. Blair

     /  May 1, 2011

    I just finished The Clockwork Three out loud to my husband and my son and we all just fell in love with the story and the characters. Especially me! I can’t wait until Icefall comes out!

  8. I’ve been stealing time all week to read Icefall and finally kicked everyone out of the house so I could finish today. I loved it. Can’t wait to go back to read The Clockwork Three.

    • Matthew

       /  November 21, 2011

      Thanks, Diane! I’m happy you enjoyed it, and I hope you like The Clockwork Three.

  1. Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby: Practically Paradise by Diane R. Kelly

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