Friday, June 05, 2015

Mini Review: The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin

The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars :star :star :star :star

Source: hardcover via

Publisher: Tor Teen

Publication Date: [this edition] October 2014, originally 1980

The Ice Dragon is an enchanting tale of courage and sacrifice for young readers and adults by the wildly popular author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin. Lavish illustrations by acclaimed artist Luis Royo enrich this captivating and heartwarming story of a young girl and her dragon.
In the world of A Song of Ice and Fire the ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear, for no man had ever tamed one. When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land. But Adara was not afraid. For Adara was a winter child, born during the worst freeze that anyone, even the Old Ones, could remember. 
Adara could not remember the first time she had seen the ice dragon. It seemed that it had always been in her life, glimpsed from afar as she played in the frigid snow long after the other children had fled the cold. In her fourth year she touched it, and in her fifth year she rode upon its broad, chilled back for the first time. Then, in her seventh year, on a calm summer day, fiery dragons from the North swooped down upon the peaceful farm that was Adara’s home. And only a winter child—and the ice dragon who loved her—could save her world from utter destruction.
This new edition of The Ice Dragon is sure to become a collector’s item for fans of HBO’s megahit Game of Thrones.

This was a beautifully written book aimed for children. I honestly think middle grade readers might gravitate more towards it because of the melancholy tint. I didn't know it was set in the world of GoT—a fact that made this book all the more intriguing and fun to read. I really feel that it was just one of those solid good books that you can read on a snowy or rainy day when you have a bit of time and want to read something short. It made my imagination wander in to the world of Westeros and, incidentally, my sequel to Game of Thrones arrived in the mail shortly after I finished this one. So I plan to continue with the series, even though the long length of the books does seem to have me putting it off for a long time. 

I recommend this book for fans of the author, George RR Martine, fans of high fantasy, fans of the Game of Thrones show, and even fans of dark middle grade stories (like Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman). 

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(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.

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