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The Ice Dragon Hardcover – October 21, 2014
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“The Ice Dragon brims with the magic and beauty of Martin's velvety rich prose. […] Audiences of all ages will be enchanted by the fantastic delivery of this timeless tale of heroes and dragons, the strength of a family, and the coming-of-age of a very special girl. It is a great book to share.” ―VOYA
“[T]his fantasy is a slim but rich introduction to the genre, one that should appeal to both boys and girls.” ―School Library Journal
“A must-buy for all Martin fans.” ―SFRevu
“Like the type, Royo's lush ink-and-wash illustrations are all set in blue, heightening the icy feel. They sprawl across spreads, complementing the generously leaded text and providing ample resting place for readers' eyes. Despite the war and destruction, this is very much a children's story, told in a distantly folkloric tone that evokes the stylings of Jane Yolen. Adult fans will find neither gore nor sex, but kids will find an evocative original fairy tale with an unexpectedly complex protagonist.” ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
George R.R. Martin, a six-time Hugo and two-time Nebula Award winner, is the author of the most wildly acclaimed and anticipated fantasy series in recent history, A Song of Ice and Fire, the basis of HBO's megahit show, Game of Thrones. TIME named him "One of the Most Influential People of 2011." He currently resides in Santa Fe, NM.
LUIS ROYO is a prolific Spanish artist best known for his lush fantasy illustrations. Over 30 books of his collected art have been published including Women, Dead Moon, and the Malefic Time series. Royo's artwork is featured in Spectrum 3 and has been exhibited in Barcelona, Madrid, Milan, New York, Seattle, and St. Petersburg.
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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.
I do not remember all the details, but I think it can be read by childrens. So, I recommend to parents, but check it first ;)
I don't want to spoil anything so I will try to keep this vague - there are descriptions and illustrations of burn victims and wounded soldiers that were beyond what I felt was appropriate for my child.
But I loved reading the story myself!