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The Ice Dragon Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 21, 2014 by George R. R. Martin (Author)

In all truthfulness, I am a big fan of George R. R. Martin. I hold him firmly entrenched amongst my top three favorite authors of all time. I adore his Song of Ice and Fire and love HBO’s televised adaptation, Game of Thrones, almost as well. I have been aware of The Ice Dragon for some time and, though I am enduring my Westerosi withdrawals with as much grace as I can muster, I had not gotten around to reading or purchasing The Ice Dragon until now. Primarily because I, by no means, expected this story to be akin to the much-anticipated Winds of Winter. Also, I simply have higher expectations when purchasing an illustrated book, be it for children (though there has been some debate as to whether this is or is not a “children’s story”) or adults. When a book comes illustrated, the greater part of the reader’s imagination retires throughout the reading experience and I honestly did not like Yvonne Gilbert’s artwork in the previous edition of The Ice Dragon. This is not to say that Gilbert is not a fine artist. Her work simply did not align with my imaginings of Martin’s world(s) and so I sadly put off The Ice Dragon with hopes that some day the proper stars would align and I would find myself reading it then. So, when I heard the news that The Ice Dragon was to be re-released with new artwork drawn by my number one favorite artist, Luis Royo, I immediately pre-ordered the book. The stars had aligned in my favor and then some!I was not disappointed. Royo’s art for The Ice Dragon is snowy perfection and managed to somehow exceed my extremely high expectations. Each illustration is beautiful, summoning Martin’s words with a lovely combination of subtlety and daring. I was able to surrender the eyes of my imagination easily. I found Martin’s story to be interesting and unique and I enjoyed the intimate fireside flow of The Ice Dragon. As I read, I felt like a Stark child listening to one of Old Nan’s tales. I won’t give away any spoilers but, for me, the ending was typically Martinesque and left me conflicted. As a “Winter Child” myself I wanted things to end differently for Adara and her dragon. I did not find the ending to be rushed or incomplete as some other reviewers have. I only found it to be bittersweet. As I finished this story, I was left with a distinct feeling that I have encountered only once before, every time I watch The Labyrinth and am angry with Sarah for leaving Jareth behind in favor of bringing Toby home to her mundane life in a world devoid of fantasy and magic. I would recommend The Ice Dragon to all fans of A Song of Ice and Fire. It is rife with foreshadowing and hints of what Martin has created in his epic fantasy series can be found throughout. I would not be the least bit surprised to find ice dragons soaring through the skies beyond the Wall and, perhaps, even crossing it in the novels yet to come. Check it out!

From School Library Journal Grade 3–5—Seven-year-old Adara was born during the coldest chill of the coldest year ever, a chill that killed her mother during the girl’s birth. Ever since then, she has been a remote and chilly child, living for winter when the ice lizards come out and forming a bond with a mysterious ice dragon. When war comes and dragon-riding invaders threaten her home and family, the ice dragon helps her to thwart them, leading to its own demise. Filled with illustrations of swooping dragons and folks in medieval-type garb, this fantasy is a slim but rich introduction to the genre, one that should appeal to both boys and girls. Give it to readers who are not quite ready for Emily Rodda’s “Deltora Quest” series (Scholastic) or to fantasy fans who want a quick but meaty read.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


The Ice Dragon Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 21, 2014 by George R. R. Martin (Author) Review

I initially ordered this book as part of my George R.R. Martin collection. I had intended to also read this with my 7 year old son but upon reading, realized this was not a good choice for a child under 10. There are some gruesome bits and it can get very dark at points. This seemingly children’s fantasy tale is more young adult fantasy fiction. It reads possibly as an early idea for the "Song of Ice and Fire" saga and in that respect was very enjoyable since it could easily tie into that world. The illustrations were very good and the cover pulls out into a collectable poster. I do recommend this for any GRRM fan, to add to your collection but I would not recommend it for young children. -Read Reviews-

upon receipt of this book, I realized I had ordered a children/juvenile book in error. However, as I leave no cereal box or book in my possession unread, I spent a pleasant afternoon with this book. The now famous imagery of George RR Martin did not falter here. The characterization of the main person in the book was strong, with the reader feeling the loneliness and longing for a warm relationship with the family. Still, you are drawn to the development of the acceptance of the Ice Dragon as well. The climax and resolution were not unexpected, but still well done by Mr. Martin, as not one, but all, characters had to accept the inevitability of life, death, and loss. This acceptance is maturity. A good story for all.

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