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The Ice Dragon

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  14,030 ratings  ·  1,975 reviews
From ancient times 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.
Hardcover, 125 pages
Published December 4th 2014 by Harper Voyager (first published 1980)
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Isabella No. It's good for younger kids and middle grade, but adults and teens can enjoy it alike.

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(B+) 76% | Good
Notes: A latter-day Grimm’s tale, it’s endearing and atmospheric, though its symbolism’s peculiar and its message abstruse.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
First, I have had this little book FOREVER. I got it from BookOutlet and it has a little tear in the dust jacket and until I picked it up and read it, I had no idea there was an awesome poster on the other side of the dust jacket. I will show y'all after I get it laminated, tear be damned!! Here's what it looks like though!! I freaking love it!!

I fell in love with Adara who loved Winter (like me). She was cold to the touch and could play with the ice lizards and was friends with the ice dragon
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Of all of George R.R Martin’s short stories this one is by far my favourite. It may be because it is the only one with dragons in it or it may be because it is an early prelude to A Song of Ice and Fire. The publishers have hinted that this is set in Westeros. It’s not. There is no mention of an actual setting, but what is does show is an early application of an idea that he eventually used in his wonderful fantasy series: it shows us dragons that are ridden into combat at the service of Kings. ...more
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
This story left me feeling pretty haunted, so please keep that in mind and maybe read the book yourself first, before giving this to your child. I do think this story packs a pretty big punch with a pretty impactful message, even though I think the message could be misconstrued.

For me, the message, or symbolism, was it is okay to be cold and alone, but sometimes it is worth it to take a risk to feel someone else's warmth, especially the love of your family. It's completely fine to deal with you
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I nice child friendly story, with great illustrations. I am a not the target audience for this book, but it a great book to introduce young readers to the word of fantasy and dragons without the gore factor.

Adara is not like other children, born on the coldest day of the coldest winter she is known as the winter child. Not just because of her birthday date but her cold emotional state that even segregates her from her own family. She has one friend the Legondary Ice Dragon, the most untameable o
Mohammed Arabey
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Because it's Game of Thrones Season...It's Winter Season..
And Because it was the season finale..

And, Summer Child, It has an Ice Dragon
Elizabeth Sagan
If this short story wouldn’t have been written by George R.R. Martin, I wouldn’t have read it. Or, if I would have, I wouldn’t have liked it – for the simple reason that it’s basically a children’s tale and I’m not part of that age group anymore. But the story is set in Westeros. And there are dragons. If you crave any kind of information about this world, I guess you’ll be satisfied.
An enjoyable read if you are a GRRM fan and you want to get through everything that he has written. Otherwise, s
Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
"The ice dragon breathed death into the world; death and quiet and cold".

Primero que todo, a los que dicen que el dragón de hielo de la serie de TV de Game of Thrones es imposible... ¿han leído el título de este libro? Okay, dejando eso de lado...

¡ADORÉ ESTA HISTORIA! Sí, es bastante infantil y con tintes de cuento de hadas, pero con dragones y muertes y guerra y una niña súper valiente. Me gustó muchísimo cómo las ilustraciones se iban entrelazando con una historia que era al mismo tiempo inoce
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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
Will M.
Another short story that I didn't enjoy that much. Nothing new, it's probably all on me again.

This middle grade novel tells a story about Adara and her struggles, or at least, the struggles of people around her. Every winter, the ice dragon comes to the place she lives in. Lucky for her, winter is the time of her birthday. She looks forward to every visit that the ice dragon does, but everyone around her hates the dragon. It brings harsh winter effects and hinders the crops to grow. In actuality
I already knew that Mr. Martin could write damn well. Not always in the most accurate way and often lacking closeness to the characters, but still engaging and allowing the reader to delve deeper into the fantasy worlds he builds so excellently. He is world-renowned because of A Game of Thrones and its sequels, but also widely criticized because of the huge amount of time it requires him to finish his next book. Yes, I understand the frustration readers have with his slow working pace. But I sti ...more
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Μια καλογραμμένη μικρή ιστορία που σε ταξιδεύει στον κόσμο του Τραγουδιού της Φωτιάς και του Πάγου.Ένα μαγευτικό παραμύθι,αλλά και πολύ λυπηρό ταυτόχρονα,με μηνύματα και συμβολισμούς.Για μένα,το κυριότερο μήνυμα της ιστορίας,ήταν ότι δεν πειράζει να ζεις μέσα στο κρύο και μόνος,αλλά μερικές φορές αξίζει τον κόπο να πάρεις το ρίσκο και να αισθάνθεις τη ζεστασιά κάποιου άλλου,ειδικά την αγάπη της οικογένειάς σου.Θαυμάζω πολύ το σύνολο της δουλειάς του Luis Royo,αλλά εκτίμησα ιδιαίτερα αυτό που είδ ...more
Alex Ristea
Fuck me. Worst reviewer ever.

It's been a while since I read this and I forget what it's about. I remember it being good though. Maybe.
Inés Izal
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Las ilustraciones son preciosas, y la historia es muy tierna, aunque con un leve toque de melancolía y sangre (Todos sabemos lo que le gusta eso a R.R Martin)
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Η ιστορία μου άρεσε πολύ, ένα παγωμένο κορίτσι που οι πάντες το έχουν σε απόσταση, η Αντάρα συναντάει ένα πλάσμα το οποίο οι πάντες το φοβούνται, έναν δράκο του πάγου, από τότε μια άτυπη συμφωνία γεννιέται, συναντιούνται κάθε χρόνο στα γενέθλια της... Η γλώσσα είναι απλή και η αφήγηση όμορφη. Αυτό όμως που με συνεπήρε είναι η εικονογράφηση του Luis Royo. Όχι οτι χρειάζεται συστάσεις... ένα απο τους λόγους ανάγνωσης του βιβλίου, είναι οτι έμαθα οτι το εικονογραφεί Luis Royo. Από το τοπίο μέχρι το ...more
Γιώργος Δάμτσιος
Πολύ ωραίο και καλογραμμένο παραμύθι. Όχι και τόσο παιδικό, όμως. Προσωπικά δεν θα το έδινα σε μικρά παιδιά, έχει μέσα κάποια πράγματα που θεωρώ ότι θα τα ψιλοσοκάρουν... (Πχ, η σκηνή με τον θείο της Αντάρα προς το τέλος).
Σε όποιον αρέσει το φάντασι και θέλει να περάσει ένα χαλαρό απόγευμα, το συνιστώ ανεπιφύλακτα.
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In a nutshell: The Ice Dragon is a great fantasy read for all ages with beautiful illustrations.

I picked this book up from my library in the spur of the moment. I'm a big fan of A Game of Thrones and I've been eying The Ice Dragon ever since I heard about its re-release fairly recently. It was a well-written little story set in the world of ASOIAF. The premise is a simple one but I really enjoyed reading it.

The Ice Dragon is about a young girl named
Timothy Urges
The Ice Dragon is a fine children’s tale about family, warfare, and dragons. This is my first taste of George R. R. Martin and just maybe I will read more of his work.

I probably would have enjoyed this more had it not been for the ending.
Geo Kwnstantinou
Ωραίο παραμυθακι..και αφού είχε και δράκους μάλλον ο μικρός θα μου ζητήσει να του το ξανά διαβάσω αύριο! ☺
Nov 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
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,
Simona Stoica
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aș învăța (cum) să iubesc iarna, dacă aș primi un dragon de gheață.
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
somehow GRRM manages to make even a childrens book sad
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Ocell de foc
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
[Leído en inglés]
Si bien es cierto que hay buenísimas traducciones, siempre tiendo a leer los originales para que no se escape ningún matiz –como es el caso de cierto juego de palabras que tiene lugar bien avanzada la historia de GoT y que ha hecho que los traductores se tiren de los pelos–. Y es que siendo un enorme fan de Game of Thrones no podía seguir más tiempo sin leer esta historieta. Diría que está más enfocada a niños o jóvenes (también por su brevedad), aunque también tiene sus matices
2.5 stars - Spoilers

Pretty good, but not quite as entertaining and magical as I thought it'd be.

Was quite a cliched fantasy story, with Adara (the main character) being different from everyone else and an outsider in her family (as she was born in the long winter and thus loved winter and the cold, and was reserved and stoic) whilst the rest of her family were born in summer and were warm and loving in comparison. Anyway, Adara befriended an ice dragon who saved her and her family from war/fire
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This a little gem of a book! It's about a child Adara who was born in the coldest winter in memory. Her mother died in childbirth, and Adara is a winter's child. This basically means she has cold skin, can hang around outside in the cold without getting hypothermia and can touch ice lizards without burning them to death. It also means she has a special connection with an ice dragon.

I read it last night when I was feeling pretty rotten but wanted something to entertain me. I've read a few review
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Damian Dubois
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Other than talk of a few split heads, men fried to a smoking crisp and a daughter that's maybe a little too friendly when it comes to the lads, I may consider reading this to my soon to be eight year old daughter. After all, she's just a little bit older than our main character Adara and is also quite fond of a dragon or three as well.

Overall a nice, quick easy read and illustrated by the extremely talented Luis Royo (check out his artwork if you haven't already), I'd recommend this to any Georg
Shivam Chaturvedi
This was brilliant, and hauntingly beautiful.. the kind that makes the hair on your arms stand up in the middle of the night.

The cold did not bother her, for she was a child of Winter
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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,