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The Ice Dragon

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  2,003 ratings  ·  247 reviews
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 h...more
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Published October 3rd 2006 by Macmillan Audio (first published 1980)
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    Stop.....the.....presses! A thoughtful, intelligent children's book?...Yeppers, it's true...behold...
    ...The Ice Dragon.

    That wascally wabbit, George R. R. Martin, has done it yet again! He's written an elegant, pulchritudinous children’s/YA novella that spins a captivating tale that has the added virtue of respecting the brain matter of its readers. Well done, Ser Martin, well done...

    ...okay, you've been dipped in glory and get yon self back to thy scribing of the next SOIAF vol...more
    Seak (Bryce L.)
    I always have high expectations when reading George R.R. Martin. He really did it to himself, have you read A Game of Thrones? So going into The Ice Dragon, GRRM's children's tale, I still had nothing but the highest and happiest of attitudes until I was completely nothing at all. :D

    Okay, I've learned from the cases I've been reading in law school that in order to have a successful argument, all you have to do is act like you're going to decide one way, but then go the exact op...more
    Polished this one off on my lunch break. Very quick read with the art and large font! I know this was a children's book meant for 10 year olds, but still couldn't help myself from expecting a Lannister to jump in out of nowhere and decapitate someone. Winter came repeatedly in this book and it was a fun read.
    I was shocked to see that most reviews on here of The Ice Dragon sing its praises. It makes me wonder if anyone actually comprehended the story at all. I wouldn't even give it one star on here, but of course, zero stars isn't an option.
    I picked up the book because the cover art intrigued me, and I thought a story about a little blonde girl who rides a dragon would be cool.
    When I started reading it, I immediately could see what was coming. I just knew. This would not be the mystical, uplifting,...more
    What can help tide us over on the long wait for Winds of Winter? Well, there's this:

    And there's this book. B says, and I concur, that Martin is probably the last person on earth who should be writing a children's book, but although war is ravaging that land & so forth (as usual), (view spoiler) So, nice!
    What a strange book. It is a very quick read--only 107 pages of large font and pictures. It claims to be a YA book but I'm not sure. This dark tale of Adara would be lost on most of the YA audience.
    This story is about a 7 year old girl whose mother died giving birth to her. We learn that she is a distant child who prefers to be alone. She loves the cold.
    The story is very minimal but we learn of her fondness of an ice dragon. This fondness continues year after year as the dragon returns and giv...more
    Mar 01, 2013 Christina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: Chronicles of Narnia Fans
    George R.R. Martin is known for captivating adventures set in dangerous worlds. His attempt to draw young readers into his imaginative world however, may not work. Much of the early part of the story is spent building his world of knights, dragons,and a violent war between kingdoms. The book is deceptive. It has only 8 chapters and is illustrated, so one might think it is for a younger audience. However the story is quite descriptive, at times violent, and dependent on language:
    The ice dragon
    Joel Pearson
    Weird piece - didn't seem like a kids book, even though it was set up like a kids book. I wasn't that enthralled with it - was ok but not great.
    Un encanto de cuento para niños. En la estela de Canción de Hielo y Fuego adaptado para niños y con un toque más idealista de la aventura infantil aunque con un final feliz que te deja un regusto amargo, lo cual evidencia que está escrito por Martin.
    I found this book to be very 'different'. It didn't feel like a story from the world of The Song of Ice and Fire. The tone of the book was cold and distant, which fits the story but does create a distance between the reader and the story. The story is pretty dark considering it's a children's book, but has a (kind of) happy ending (which is weird for Martin). I found Adara's change in character a bit too sudden, but I liked her relationship with the ice dragon. Overall I don't think it's a must...more
    “But it was the ice dragon that she loved”

    Let me make a confession first, I read this before starting Game of Thrones, so this is actually my first George R. R. Martin experience ever. I found it recently on an open bookshelf, it looked cute and short and since I already had Game of Thrones at home I thought before I start this huge book I can try something short from the author.

    And short it was. I’m still actually not sure with Genre this book fits into. Children’s book? Young adult? Just fant...more
    The Ice Dragon
    George R.R. Martin
    Read it in paperback, at 112 pages w/ illustrations and large font.

    Everyone is familiar with Martin at this point as his series 'A Song of Ice and Fire' seems to be all the buzz. The first book in that series was published in 1996 while this little inception was written in the 1980's with a re-release in the 2006 time frame, undoubtedly due in part because of the success of his primary works. I didn't really know what to expect, I had heard from others that this i...more
    This was a cute little story, but nothing in comparison to even a single chapter of any of the ASoIaF books. Granted, this was geared more toward kids, but it wasn't very engaging. I think my son was bored with it after the first few chapters (which was really fine since I read it to him until he fell asleep each night). The first two thirds of the book are really character development. But because the book was geared toward children and the main character was also a child the development was ve...more
    i love it! it's my all-time favorite book!i seriously just love it! it's awesome! i just Adara's name and mythologic
    dragons and mythology and dragons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And i just love that they live on a farm. i've always wanted to live on a farm! and i can't help once in a while to just think that Adara's dad is drunk!!!!!!!!!!!
    OMG! i just love that book! the ice dragon is so cool! i just want some directors to just read the book and make it a movie! here's a little letter to george r. r. mart...more
    It's a short story and a very fast read, it took me about 30 minutes to finish it.
    This is suppose to be a children's book, even though some of the themes are very adult.

    It's a beautiful book, where the main character is a special one, and the other children who stand out could easily relate to Adara. In the end, even though she was always cold and emotionless, she was just a child of flesh, blood, and tears, no different from you and I.

    I don't know why, but it surprised me that the dragon from t...more
    Told from the perspective of an innocent child, this short read reminds me forcibly of a young Daenerys Targaryen. Enjoyable, nevertheless.
    'El dragón de hielo' es otra de esas obras de George RR Martin más desconocidas. En este caso se trata de un cuento que se vende como infantil pero que en realidad nos muestra una historia bastante más oscura de lo que cabe esperar en una historia para niños.

    A grandes rasgos este cuento nos narra la historia de Adara, una niña especial, nacida en el corazón del invierno y completamente diferente al resto de su familia y la gente que le rodea. Y la historia del misterioso dragón de hielo, un drag...more
    George R R Martin is a masterful writer known for his rich plots, complex characters, and balanced dialogue. One day, he must have had 20 spare minutes and dashed off a quick story with flat characters and a hint of a plot. When he read it over, he realized that it was kind of dull, so added a few darker subtexts that didn’t really go anywhere. Then he handed it over to Yvonne Gilbert (who is an incredibly skilled illustrator, and deserves 5 stars for her work here). Yes, I’m aware this was writ...more
    I was surprised to find a children's book by George RR Martin, mostly because I've read "A Game of Thrones" which is decidedly NOT for children. But it's a mark of a really great author that can write for a variety of age groups and audiences and still have appeal. "The Ice Dragon" is still in that dark-fantasy vein that people seem to like from "A Game of Thrones," but it's a bit lighter and and has that lyrical quality that appeals to older children especially. It's written very much like a cl...more
    Craig Crumpton
    I have been fascinated with dragons ever since I read Tolkien's "The Hobbit" and C.S. Lewis' "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" as a child. And now, as an adult, reading George R.R. Martin's "The Ice Dragon" makes me wonder whether or not I would have liked this book as a child. The tone is dark; the story is set during a time of war. There are descriptions of violence and death that seem like they'd be a bit too graphic for younger children.

    I think I would have liked the story okay as a child, but th...more
    I expected more from this book. It's geared towards children, but the quite graphically described violence, the deaths and the writing style itself (loooong sentences) don't really make it a children's book.
    It also seems to send a message that if your daddy loves you but doesn't smile at you like he does at his other kids, it's a good idea to be more like other children.
    A novella about a lonely little girl who befriends an ice dragon. The world of this story shows glimpses of that in which Martin sets his Song of Ice and Fire adult novels, perhaps in the same world before that series begins as dragons are alive and used as means of war. There is also a strong summer vs. winter theme that echoes that series.
    This book is intended for children, but though not described gratuitously it does include war with references death, maiming and dismemberment. I'm not sure...more
    Andrew Joubert
    I gave this 5 stars specifically as a book to read out loud to a younger child (a 5 year old, in my case). The prose had a very nice flow to it, and the chapters were short and intense enough to hold my listener's attention. Having a young girl as the hero was a nice touch as well.

    I think some of the vocabulary was challenging for my son, but he followed the story well. There is violence and death in the story, but nothing worse than "Star Wars", and certainly nothing that compares with George R...more
    Estupendo relato de un excelente autor! George escribe impecablemente. ;)
    Mar 11, 2014 Erin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: thirsty Game of Thrones fans
    I haven't read Game of Thrones yet. From what I understand, this children's book was a soft introduction to that world.

    The illustrations were beautiful, and the writing was quiet but powerful. Every sentence was doing work. This peek into Martin's fantasy universe was intriguing, and while the scope of this book was very small, it was obvious that the story was taking place in a much bigger world. And the ending was gorgeous.

    I can't really tell what age this is marketed at, though. The descript...more
    It was just like a terrible dream. I hated it!
    Martina Frammartino
    Il drago di ghiaccio nasce come un racconto nel 1980. (...)
    Dopo averlo letto Parris McBride, che lo scorso anno dopo una trentennale convivenza sarebbe diventata sua moglie, gli aveva suggerito che da quel testo scritto per adulti avrebbe potuto ricavare una magnifica storia per ragazzi. (...)
    Quello che ho notato sono un paio di piccole affinità con la sua saga più famosa.
    Ci sono i draghi, primo punto in comune, ma draghi nella fantasy se ne trovano in abbondanza.(...)
    Qui però c’è un drago parti...more
    Jason (RawBlurb)
    The Ice Dragon is a nice companion story to the standard Song of Ice and Fire world. First published as a short story in a compendium titled Dragons of Light, this 1980′s tale was given a new treatment in the 2006 Tor rerelease.

    Featuring illustrations by Yvonne Gilbert, The Ice Dragon is the story of a young girl born in the winter of the cold north. She is emotionless and awkward. Her skin is as cold as her personality. She is very reminiscent of a wight from the core series, but alive and obvi...more
    El Templo de las Mil Puertas
    Adara es una niña distinta. A diferencia del resto de personas de su aldea, ella espera con ansia el invierno. Cuenta los días para su cumpleaños, que siempre coincide con la noche más fría del año y la aparición de un ser muy especial: el dragón de hielo.
    Sus hermanos, por el contrario, desean siempre que llegue el verano. Y es que es entonces cuando pueden contar con la visita del tío Hal, que llega siempre a lomos de su dragón del ejército imperial y cargado de regalos. Para Adara, sin embarg...more

    Adara wusste nicht mehr, wann sie ihn zum ersten Mal gesehen hatte. Ihr schien, dass er schon immer ein Teil ihres Lebens gewesen war, ein Traum im tiefsten Winter, der auf durchscheinenden blauen Flügeln über den kalten Himmel schwebte. Eisdrachen waren selten, selbst in jenen Zeiten ...


    Adara ist ein Winterkind. In der kältesten Nacht wurde sie geboren, ihre Haut war eiskalt und kein Weinen erklang von ihr, ihre Augen waren glasklar und ihr Haar fast weiß. In jener Nacht starb...more
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    George R. R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

    Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,...more
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