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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  17,197 ratings  ·  2,349 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.
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Hardcover, 125 pages
Published December 4th 2014 by Harper Voyager (first published 1980)
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Jayson
(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
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Sean Barrs
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
Stephen
Stop.....the.....presses! A thoughtful, intelligent children's book?...Yeppers, it's true...behold...
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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 praisified...now get yon self back to thy scribing of the next SOIAF
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Melanie
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
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Khurram
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
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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
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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.
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An enjoyable read if you are a GRRM fan and you want to get through everything that he has written. Otherwise, s
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Tim
May 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A short, quick kids story. 4 of 10 stars
seak
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 disappointed...in 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
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Becca & The Books
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved how fairytale-esque this was however the ending made me sad and I wasn't expecting it.
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
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Fabian {Councillor}
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
Tommye Turner
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-read
This is a beautiful, children's fantasy book. It's a little dark at points and it will probably make you cry, but it's a quick read and the illustrations are incredible.
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.
Grace
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,
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Wee Lassie
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If this isn't canon to a song of ice and fire, then it's a crying shame.
Ann (Inky)
“The ice dragon breathed cold…Warmth fled. Fires guttered and went out, shriven by the chill…Animals turned blue and whimpered and died, their eyes bulging and their skin covered over with frost. The ice dragon breathed death into the world; death and quiet and cold.”

Ah, yes, what a lovely book for children! Full of animals’ eyes bulging out of their heads, and throngs of men returning from war with no legs or arms, or blinded by evil fire dragons. The perfect bedtime story!



This short stor
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Ferdy
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
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Ashley Daviau
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the story is very enjoyable and compulsively readable, the star of this little novella is most definitely the artwork. It is just beyond stunning, I spent ages just gazing at the illustrations in awe! The story itself is quite fun and left me wanting more, I’d gladly read a full length novel with these characters. It’s definitely trademark GRRM, despite being a middle grade novella it is quite gruesome and bloody. I’m not complaining though, I’m all for gruesome and bloody!
flaams
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
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Roisin
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
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Ashley
I didn't realize going in that The Ice Dragon was a re-release of a children's book GRRM wrote in 1980. I have no idea what the illustrations were like in the original version, but Luis Royo's art for this 2014 version is beautiful.

I will also admit that I got distracted while reading because it's been marketed as taking place in the same world as A Song of Ice and Fire (a claim I believed as Ice Dragons have been mentioned in the books). But. I don't think it does take place in the same world.
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Jordan Sayer
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Ice Dragon, by George R.R Martin, is a short, engaging, novel. The amazing illustrations make the book all the better. The characters were well written. They were not perfect but very believable. The main character, Adara, is a small child with a big heart. She loves her family but her ice dragon more. Adara is a winter child so she can’t feel the cold. Adara’s father is a beast of a man. He is like a grizzly bear and has the muscles of Thor. Though he does have a soft spot for his family. A ...more
Ram Alsrougi
Anyone who knows the author George R.R. Martin for his masterpiece "A Song of Ice and Fire" can hardly imagine him as a children's book writer, either because of the cruelty and sadism of some of his characters or because of the strong sexual appeal contained in its pages (accentuated in its adaptation for TV).

A tale that is a small masterpiece, a sort of miniature bildungsroman written by one of the contemporary masters of the fantasy genre. I could feel his style very easily. The description o
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A. Dawes
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Another delightful short story by Martin. I read this originally in Dreamsongs, but then my sister gifted me this illustrated edition for Christmas.

This is a story targeted at younger readesr (10-12 year olds) but enjoyable for all. Martin captures the cold ingeniously - only Jack London does it equally as well. In this rural community, the ice dragon is a feared beast, untamed and lethal. It leaves a frozen desert in its wake, yet the young girl, Adara - a child born of winter - is not fearful
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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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Amber
This was a pretty good read about a girl named Adara and an ice dragon that always came to bring upon winter. This is my first George R.R. Martin book and I enjoyed it.
Marie the Librarian
A good tale about dragons and a dash of magic. The illustrations are gorgeous.
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George Raymond Richard "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 chil
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