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The Ice Dragon

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  10,403 Ratings  ·  1,517 Reviews
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, th ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Starscape (first published 1980)
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Bookdragon Sean
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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...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 praisified...now get yon self back to thy scribing of the next SOIAF vol
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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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Cait (Paper Fury)
It honestly boggles my mind that George RR Martin can write STORIES SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. So naturally I had to read it. And while I LOVE and adore the dragonness...I'm really kind of weirded out about what message it was trying to send???? So that kinda spoilt my enjoyment.

BUT DRAGONS, DUDES, DRAGONS.

Plus the illustrations are literally the most BEAUTIFUL things in the universe. The book is super tiny and short because it's stuffed with the most gorgeous dragon dragons of my life. Like I wante
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Mohammed Arabey
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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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seak
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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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
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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Νόρα
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
Nikoleta
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
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)
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.
Rebecca
You can read this review and more on my blog

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
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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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Mariana
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Grace
Nov 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
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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Damian Dubois
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Flaminia
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sophie
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
Ann (Little Bear) Baratheon
“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 story,
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Lau
May 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans de George R.R. Martin
3.5

«When the ice dragon beat its wings, the cold winds blew and the snow swirled and scurried and the world seemed to shrink and shiver.»

Este es un libro corto que se lee muy rápido. Si les gusta George Martin y las historias infantiles (aunque ésta lo es taaanto) probablemente lo disfruten. Por momentos la narración es un poco más simple que en sus otras historias, pero se encuentran muchos de los elementos que vuelven su modo de escribir tan reconocible, aunque en un tono más inocente. En lo
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Roisin
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
A. Dawes
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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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Chrissa Vasileiou
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-teen
Εντάξει,είναι ιστορία του George Martin,τι να περιμένει κανείς;;
Παραμύθι,δράκοι κι ένα "happy end" με μια αρκετά πικρή νότα,γιατί τα παιδιά πρέπει από πολύ νεαρή ηλικία να μυούνται στον κόσμο του και να μαθαίνουν τι εστί George Martin.. :P
Διαβάζεται απνευστί σε ένα μισάωρο το πολύ..
Διαβάστηκε από μέρους μου καθαρά για την εμπειρία.
Artemas
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.
Amber
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
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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,
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