Icefall reviewed

I wanted to share some reviews for Icefall that have been popping up, but first, Jessica interviewed me over at Cracking the Cover. She asked some great questions, so click on over to check it out. She also reviewed Icefall, calling it “one of the best middle-reader books of the year.” Thanks, Jessica.

The next review is from Publishers Weekly:

Kirby turns in a claustrophobic, thought-provoking coming-of-age adventure that shows a young woman growing into her own, while demonstrating the power of myth and legend. Kirby’s attention to detail and stark descriptions make this an effective mood piece. Readers may be drawn in by the promise of action, which Kirby certainly fulfills, but they’ll be left contemplating the power of the pen versus the sword—or rather the story versus the war hammer.

Read the rest of the review here.

This next one is actually of the Icefall audiobook, so congratulations to the actress Jenna Lamia, who read the book and brought Solveig to life. (For which she already earned an AudioFile Earphones Award!)

A perfect pairing of text and narration shines in this magnificent blend of mythology and mystery… Jenna Lamia’s youthful voice lends credence to the listening experience. As she tells her story, young Solveig sounds as if she is recounting a dream. Her words hang in the frosty air of the far North.

For the rest of the review, click here.

The Deseret News recently reviewed Icefall, comparing the tension in the story to the sharpness of “shards falling from the glacier” and naming it “one of the best reads of the season.”  Read the entire review here.

And several book bloggers have reviewed Icefall as well, and had some very nice things to say. Be sure to follow the links to their blogs.

Fuse #8

Shelf Awareness


Fantasy Literature


Kiss the Book

Charlotte’s Library

Teen Writers Bloc

Librarian’s Quest

It is very exciting and gratifying to me that Solveig’s story is being so well-received. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to read it and share their thoughts.


2 responses to “Icefall reviewed”

  1. The ice is melting. The fjord is clear. Another stellar story teller will soon set sail on a sole (soul) career. And Billy Bartram waits. Others beyond him — I’ve seen the lights in your eyes, and that sound in your voice. I’m so thrilled and happy for you, Matt. You’re making the prediction in Alejandro the Great more and more realistic. Hope to see you tonight.

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