The Ice House by Tim Clare

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Release Date: 2nd May 2019

Ok, so I got this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I listen to Tim Clare’s writing podcast when I get chance and follow him on Twitter. I heard about The Ice House on there.

I wish I’d read The Honours first as this book follows on from that.

But: I’ve just preordered a copy of The Ice House from Mr B’s Emporium (with the promise of a signed edition) and The Honours 🙂

So what’s is about:

Synopsis from GoodReads:


Delphine Venner is old, but she remembers everything.

She remembers what it is to be a child of war, she remembers fighting for her life and what the terrifying creatures from another world took from her all those years ago. She remembers the gateway, and those she lost.

And in that other world, beast-filled and brutal, someone waits for her. Hagar, a centuries-old assassin, daily paying a terrible price for her unending youth, is planning one final death: that of her master, the Grand-Duc. A death that will cost her everything. A death that requires Delphine.

Voyaging into this violence and chaos, Delphine must remember who she really is and be ready to fight, before war reawakens. But in the battle to destroy an ageless evil, will both worlds be saved – or will every mortal creature lose everything?”

My Thoughts

Wow. After finishing this book I thought how am I going to review this! How can I explain how much I enjoyed this action packed riveting novel?

There are two veiewpoints: Hagar and Delphine. Hagar is an assassin but she’s also connected to this politician, she feels his pain, it’s complicated. (Read the book) She is trying to sever her connection with him and we learn why and how she intends to do it. Delphine just wants to find her family but to do that she has to work with these people.

I couldn’t really decide if Hagar was a good person or a bad person, I didn’t know if I was meant to be on her side or not.

I loved the fantasy world of this book. So imaginative. There’s so much going on in this book: intrigue, tension, mystery, violence, weird fantasy creatures. It’s never boring.

Umm.. it can be a little gory too. Do you ever get the urge to look away from a tv show/movie when it’s gory? Like a hospital scene or a really disgusting murder scene? You want to look away but you keep watching to see what happens? Well I never thought I’d have it with a book and I read horrors (real life gore is worse for me or this scene!) The scene was of a horse being butchered, it’s a very well written scene, not overly gory. Perfect, really. Um.. as much as it can be perfect..  it’s very disconcerting. 

I love Tim Clare’s writing style: when he describes a scenes it’s like he’s painting a picture with his words and you can see every detail. It makes the fantasy world come alive in your mind, enriches it and captures your imagination. I really wish they’d publish an illustrated edition of this book because it would be amazing. Please? 

I loved everything about this book, the characters, story, world, style. Looking forward to the next one….

But before that I am going to read The Honours and then reread this book. It’s so good.


If you want to know more about this book you can visit Tim Clare’s website, here where you’ll also find info about his brilliant writing podcast and weekly writing exercises. You can also find him on twitter

Tim Clare is an indie author, I bought his books from Mr B’s which is an independent bookshop in Bath. He’s hoping to sell 1500 copies of The Ice House so he can make the bestseller lists. I don’t think people believe he can, but it would be wonderful if an independent author made the bestseller list. He gives so much to the writing community it would be great if he got something back.


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