The Ice Dragon – by George R.R. Martin

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Below is a summary from Goodreads:

In the world of A Song of Ice and Fire 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 had always been in her life, glimpsed from afar as she played in the frigid snow long after the other children had fled the cold. In her fourth year she touched it, and in her fifth year she rode upon its broad, chilled back for the first time. Then, in her seventh year, on a calm summer day, fiery dragons from the North swooped down upon the peaceful farm that was Adara’s home.

And only a winter child-and the ice dragon who loved her-could save her world from utter destruction.

I bought this book from a local Big W as it was short and looked quite interesting from the cover. (Yes, I know. ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’. But this one matched up well.) That it was written by Mr George R.R. Martin was also a plus for me.

Later on I found out that it was classed as a children’s book. It could be read by anyone older too though as it’s written very well. Even though it is essentially classed as a children’s book it still includes dragons, a lot of death and the idea of ‘Winter is Coming’ from the Song of Ice and Fire universe.

While reading this book I spent more time looking at the illustrations than I did reading the words. The illustrations were amazing and very detailed.

Rating: 4/5

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