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The Ice Dragon [Kindle Edition]

George R. R. Martin , Luis Royo
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.
The Ice Dragon marks the highly anticipated children's book debut of George R.R. Martin, the award-winning author of the New York Times best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire and is set in the same world. Illustrated with lush, exquisitely detailed pencil drawings by acclaimed artist Yvonne Gilbert, The Ice Dragon is an unforgettable tale of courage, love, and sacrifice by one of the most honored fantasists of all time.

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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
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The New York Times Bestseller
"Martin's charming tale is filled with passion and power…a touching adventure with all the taut storytelling skill one would expect from this award-winning author."--January Magazine
"Martin goes beyond the expected to bring us an extraordinary children's tale. A must-buy for all Martin fans, this is a good book for anyone…who loves winter and dragons."--SFRevu

Product Details

  • File Size: 598 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Starscape (April 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JH8M6K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,657 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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184 of 192 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ice Dragon September 28, 2006
I got this book on Sept. 26th, 2006, in Dubuque, Iowa. George Martin was on a book signing for the release of this book, and due to this, the bookstore he was at was selling it early.

Let's start this review off with the obvious. The Ice Dragon is not another book in A Song of Ice and Fire. It's set in a different world, with none of the same characters, and has none of the adult content that those books do. In fact, this book is exactly what Martin said it would be from when he announced that it was being published separately: a children's book. Also, Martin didn't take much time off ASOIAF at all to write this book - in fact, it's been published in an anthology work (Dragons of Light) in 1980. All that has been changed is an editing to remove some of the more graphic content, and illustrations have been done.

Nonetheless, even though this is a children's book that most people who are used to Martin's work will read in about half an hour, the book is quite good. The story is touching, and is not afraid to hide kids from the realities of what can happen in life. There is symbolism a-plenty within this book, and a lot of different concepts to think about, especially for a young reader.

Parents, if you are considering getting this book for your children, I'd just like to say this: make sure you read it with your child. They'll want you there to explain a lot of what happens in the book. Martin, as usual, doesn't pull any punches with the emotional impact of the character's fate, and while I appreciate him not trying to hide the world from kids, some of the concepts may be difficult for them to grasp or easily misinterpreted.

Furthermore, the artwork within the book is stunning.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is truly a "song" of ice and fire October 16, 2006
How interesting that Martin's short story, written in 1980, bears minor resemblances to his grand work of today.

While reading this, I had an image of Farmer Giles of Ham, by Tolkien, and wondered if a smart publisher would dig that up and sell it as a children's story. I would personally be very interested to see how well that book would do in today's environment. The Tolkien family, I'm sure, could always use the extra money. (That, of course, was a joke.)

This is a lovely story, and, as another reviewer pointed out, exactly what you would expect from Martin after toning down one of his short stories or novellas for younger readers.

In a world that seems mostly inhabited by "fire" dragons, the "ice" dragon in this story stands out starkly (pun intended for readers of ASoIaF). It appears to be a creature unsuited for its distinctive qualities, only capable of appearing and thriving in winter, and making land barren wherever it lands. Even its very distant cousins, the ice lizards, find themselves uniquely suited for ice and snow, any hint of warmth that touches them is like poison.

Adara, the seven-year-old main character of the story bears striking resemblances to both the dragon and the ice lizards. This isn't a straightforward story - there is a strong symbolic statement that runs quietly from the beginning of the story until the end.

It's truly a gorgeous tale from one of the most decorated writers in fantasy.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story... November 27, 2006
The Ice Dragon is a great little story. It was written long before the seven kingdoms had even been contemplated by Mr. Martin. His skills were clearly honed even then... This is the tale of a young girl with ice water coursing through her veins. She has no love, except that which she has for the cold winter. For that is when the ice dragon comes. A creature so cold that no human can touch it without their warm flesh melting its icy scales. No one but young Adara. The ice dragon remained her only friend - the only one who would visit her. Until one day when the helms of the intruders crested the horizon.

Adara must chose between the cold life that she loves, and the warmth which is coupled with uncertainty.

Buy this book for your daughter, and then after she is done with it, read it for yourself.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hurried childrens' book December 31, 2007
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The story was rushed and written for children. When it was over, I felt like there were holes in the story. Compared to other GRR Martin books, I felt a little cheated on character development but it might be a decent intro to Fantasy reading for a child.
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24 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dad-Oriented Kid's Book January 8, 2007
This author of adult-oriented fantasy fiction seeks to prove to his predominantly-male fans that he can write for their little daughters too. He fails.

Martin normally writes for adults. It might not be 100% clear to online shoppers that this volume, when one actually gets one's hands on it, is clearly presented as a kid's book. It contains perhaps 20 to 30 pages of normal text, stretched out to over 100 pages by child-friendly formatting and numerous (but mediocre) pictures. The cover art, picturing a little girl riding an ice dragon, defines the target audience. I understand a different version of this tale, not specifically intended for kids, appeared in the "Dragons of Light" fantasy anthology in the 1980s. I have not read that version. I review this version as a kids' book, since that is what it purports to be.

The main character is a little girl, but the story is, at best, inconsistent about presenting things from the little girl's perspective. It could hardly be otherwise, for this little girl has a heart of ice, never smiles or laughs, and cares nothing for her family. She only loves the winter, and the Ice Dragon that is its personification. She seems quite satisfied with her situation, so we view her from without, as adults might, as a bizarre child with a strange abnormality.

At one point, someone acuses the father of being to blame for the child's strange condition. He is cold to the child (he is told) because he blames her killing her mother in childbirth, and this has caused the child's emotional coldness. The father defends himself again this charge: He loves his little ice girl most of all, but she is cold towards him, and so he is merely reacting to her behavior.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 10 days ago by Dale E. Komanec
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok. It wasn't what I expected after ...
It was ok. It wasn't what I expected after reading the Game of Thrones series, even knowing it was billed as a "children's book. Read more
Published 17 days ago by D. R. Folkerts
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Useless, what the hell was he thinking?
Published 19 days ago by Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice children's book
When I bought this I didn't realize it was a small, children's book. I love the author, gave it a quick read and donated it to my local bookstore.
Published 29 days ago by Ashley
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of time. get back to game of thrones George
in my opinion George is just trying to cash in on game of thrones and pushing out junk like this instead of giving us the final book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Run With Them Or Fear Them
2.0 out of 5 stars Glad i got it on my kindle
I thought there would b so much more to this had i paid the full paper back price i wouldve been a fool its like reading 1chapter from a nirmal book ok mayb 2 its like something u... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Terry Breeden
2.0 out of 5 stars meh
As much as I've been loving the Game of Thrones series, I wasn't thrilled with this child's story. My 10yr old and I listen to books all the time while driving and we like many... Read more
Published 4 months ago by S. macgregor
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
I had big hopes for this book being a huge George R.R. Martin fan (I've read the 5 Game of Thrones books through twice) and was hoping for a memorable read for my 11 year old... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cash Curtis II
3.0 out of 5 stars short but sweet!
A little tame for a George R.R. Martin tale, but good all the same. More a children's tale and therefore short.
Published 8 months ago by Abigail
5.0 out of 5 stars Good tale set in the world of Ice and Fire
Before the events of the adult tales, when dragons still roamed Westeros, an ice dragon met a little girl and the two became unlikely friends. Read more
Published 10 months ago by kd11
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George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid '90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he's allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.

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Close to the same name....close to the same title....about the same time...
I've been reading the reviews here and I am amazed at the number of adults that could not figure out this was a children's book! It is scary that folks are so thick out there. As to the quality, my 9 yr old LOVES it - has read it twice already and any adults out there that don't like it - well --... Read More
Mar 29, 2008 by Magic Fanatic |  See all 3 posts
The Ice Dragon
I heard Mr. Martin speak tonight (10/2/2006) in Cincinnati and bought myself a copy of this book. He said that he hopes to have book 5 finished by February.
Oct 2, 2006 by Emily anne Hessling |  See all 5 posts
Is this the next in the Song of Fire and Ice?
This is in fact an old story of Martin that will be re-released with lots of illustrations for the young-adult market. This is NOT a new story!

Check his website for more news about the ICE DRAGON and some art samples.
Apr 18, 2006 by Olaf Keith |  See all 4 posts
Not a part of ASOIAF
it is in the same universe which is torn between fire/ summer and ice/winter.
Dec 28, 2006 by Zola |  See all 2 posts
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