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Ember and the Ice Dragons

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  226 ratings  ·  58 reviews
A fantasy about a girl who used to be a dragon, and her adventure to save her new home.

Ember St. George is a dragon. At least she was, before her adoptive father—a powerful but accident-prone Magician—turned her into a human girl to save her life. Unfortunately, Ember’s growing tendency to burst into flames at certain temperatures—not to mention her invisible wings—is mak
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Balzer + Bray
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I loved Heather Fawcett's debut, Even the Darkest Stars, so I was jazzed to see her take on a middle grade where dragons take center stage.

Ember and the Ice Dragons is a title so full of dragons how could I not immediately stop and take a look, especially paired with such a gorgeous cover and an exciting author!! The cover is so suited for the story, has great colors and is even more gorgeous when you look at the audiobook cover and can
"Fire dragons have given rise to many legendary stories. Among these is the belief that these solitary beasts passed their lives in the clouds that gather on mountaintops, and would immediately perish upon contact with the earth."

5 stars.

This was an absolutely phenomenal middel-grade and that's why I gave it five stars. Yes it does not compare to Strange the Dreamer, but this is a middle-grade and we need to rate is as such. Firstly I absolutely loved the characters in this book. The
This book was so AMAZING! I still can't believe the secret about Moss, it's extremely EPIC! It's the best fantasy book I have read in a while, and if you like fantasy/mystery this is the perfect book for you.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a wonderful story. I think my favorite middle grade books are the books about little girls that love science with a touch (or in this case a slightly bigger touch) of magic thrown in there. This book was just so much fun to read! I really loved Ember as a leading character as well as Nisha and Moss as side characters, they were all just so fabulous and felt so real. I also may also have found a new love for penguins (view spoiler) ...more
Toya (the reading chemist)
One thing that always keeps me coming back to middle grade fantasy is the ability for authors to take stereotypical and cliche situations and really mold them into something imaginative and refreshing. Heather Fawcett executes this beautifully in Ember and the Ice Dragons.

The story of Ember St. George’s origins is unlike that of most twelve year olds her age. Im fact, Ember isn’t even human. Her adoptive father Lionel, the renounced Stormancer (a powerful wielder of magic), transformed Ember int
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this!
Melanie Dulaney
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Creative premise to a dragons and magic fantasy book for the grades 4-8 reader. Ember’s father discovered her slain dragon parents just after she hatched. Rescue was complicated, though, as fire dragons were much sought after by hunters throughout this world that seems to be future Britain with a heavy dose of past tossed in. End result is a dragon turned girl who has invisible wings and spontaneously bursts into flame at the most inopportune times. However, dad is a renowned magic-wielded who i ...more
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a children’s book, this was exceptionally well done. I loved the characters, the surprises, the twists and that it didn’t try to dumb anything down. Kinda impressed too that some characters changed and some stayed true to who they are- not a simplified child’s HEA, more realistic in a sense. Very cool story. I am impressed.
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fun read! Set in an alternate version of the world in 1880 in which magic and dragons are real, the characters were intriguing and the plot had just enough twist that that it wasn’t predictable!
Alice Ball
Starts slow, but delivers some non-stop action for the second half of the book. Fun dragon lore for young dragon enthusiasts.
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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EMBER AND THE ICE DRAGONS is a lush middle grade historical fantasy that follows Ember, a dragon who was transformed into a human girl. Ember is the last known fire dragon, as they were hunted into extinction. After her parents were killed, a powerful Stormancer, Lionel St. George, used his magic to turn her into a girl and has raised her as his daughter. He also disguised her wings so that people could not see them. Ember has mish
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
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Ms. Yingling
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Ember was rescued by a Stormancer, Lionel St. George, after her dragon parents were slaughtered, and in order to keep her safe, he turned her into a human girl with a glamor that keeps her wings from showing and raises her as his own. Ember occasionally bursts into flames if she is in too much sunlight, and the latest combustion has caused great damage to her father's rooms at the college. He decides to send her to Antarctica to visit her Aunt Myra, who is a resea
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Star Rating: 3.75

I became a fan of Heather Fawcett after reading her Even the Darkest Stars YA duology and was thus eager to try her MG debut. While I found the beginning slow, particularly for a MG, the story itself is still delightful and has most of the hallmarks of a MG Fantasy, as well as the aspects I loved about her YA duology!

Ember, a dragon stuck in the body of a girl, is a heroine that I don't see a lot of in the MG I've read before. She's a bit unlikable at times, and very much treats
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Edelweiss+ and Balzer + Bray for an eARC of this book.

I really enjoy Heather Fawcett's writing, and EMBER OF THE ICE DRAGONS (which is her first middle grade book) is no exception. I definitely hope this is the beginning of a series, because I would love to read another story about Ember and her friends.

Ember was born a fire dragon, but her father used magic to disguise her true identity so she takes the form a girl (with invisible wings). When Ember's hidden dragon qualities begin
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, dragons
I have been on such a dragon kick lately and this book absolutely delivers! This book is a dragon-filled steampunk adventure of a life time. Ember is a fire dragon, disguised by magic to look human in order to save her from being hunted with the rest of her dragon family. She has accepted that she is the last fire dragon on Earth and prefers to stay hidden in the shadows, unnoticed while she explores her passion for science. Everything changes when she forces herself to go to Antarctica for the ...more
Leeanne Grover
Ember is a fire dragon but was turned into a human by her adoptive wizard father. She has a tendency to light herself on fire, especially during the summer. So in order to protect her father and other humans, she decides to visit her aunt in Antarctica and live there for the rest of her life. While living in a research station, Ember learns how to interact with other human children. She soon learns about the annual hunt for ice dragons and plans to sabotage it, in order to save the ice dragons w ...more
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Mariana Calderon
Ember and the Ice Dragons is a delightful read. Set in the beautiful and stark backdrop of Antarctica in an age where dragons exist but are being hunted to extinction for sport and money, this story just pops off the page with creativity and heart. Ember, Moss, and Nisha make a wonderful trio of Hogwarts house personalities (I'll let you guess for yourself where they'd be place - but I have my own bets!). Their adventures are both a classic quest and a timely analogy to the modern race to save e ...more
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I think I tried to read Ember and the Ice Dragons at the wrong time in my life. I really struggled to get going and sometimes felt like the plot took jumps I didn't follow... however, I really feel it was more due to my poor decision to read it as we went back to school in these uncertain times. :-(

I will promote the novel and hope that my students can give me a more accurate review! <3

Nominated for the 2021 MYRCA Sundogs.
Kim Gontarz
Ember is a fire dragon turned into a girl by magic by her adoptive father. Her dragon tendencies have started to cause problems so her father sends her to Antarctica where his sister is. This creates a whole new set of problems. Can she save the ice dragons from being hunted? Will the Prince be just like his father or stand up for himself?
Marine Bernier
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-read
I love Heather Fawcett's writing, I fell in love with her with her first series : Even the darkest star <3
I wanted to devour this one ; challenge completed ;)

Really cure middle grade story about Fire dragons, Ice dragons, friendship, father-daughter relationship, finding who you are ...

Easy to fell for it <3 Now it's your turn !
Lola Stephens
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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Sep 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, juvenile
Main character Ember is unique and enjoyable. I feel like this novel touched on a lot of good topics like environment, first impressions are only sometimes right, and feeling like you belong.
But that was kind of my only problem with the book. It skimmed A LOT. There was a lot of world building, this felt like a first novel in a series where many things are introduced but not fleshed out.
It was a fun adventure in the Antarctic about dragons and hunting them.

I guess one thing that bothered me about it was how the main character and other children were written. They just didn’t feel like children. They felt like teenagers or adults.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3,5 stars! I liked this! It was quite gruesome for a middle grade at times, but it did come with a good message. It reminds us that humans are in fact the worst species that walk this beautiful earth. It was a bit too convenient at places. Best part: zapping Penguins! 🤘🏻🐧
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one grabbed me from the very beginning and held my attention till the last page. It does not have any surprises, but sometimes familiar tropes are comfortable... and they are new for the kids it's written for :) 4.5 stars
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars. I read this a couple of weeks ago and forgot to add it. This was a fun middle grade with some interesting magic and characters. This did what I'd wanted from Seraphina, even though I read this before that book. Definitely recommend for those who like middle grade fantasy.
+ good characters
+ Nice atmosphere (always felt the cold from antartica with you)
+/- the story was very basic and had none surprises
- I wanted to know more about antartica and all those other dragons
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