Wednesday 22 May 2019

The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin - A mini review

Today we are talking about a children's book from the famous author George R. R. Martin, who we all know from his series A Song of Ice and Fire. 
This book is called The Ice Dragon and it is his only children's book, if I am not mistaken. It was written in 1980 and illustrated by Luis Royo.

According to the synopsis, The Ice Dragon is an enchanting tale of courage and sacrifice for young readers and adults. Lavish illustrations enrich this captivating and heartwarming story of a young girl and her dragon.
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.

It is a beautiful and  atmospheric story with gorgeous illustrations, that complement the story and the theme of the book perfectly. It is a well written book with magical descriptions. The ending leaves you with an impactful and symbolic message.

If you love dragons and GRRM you should read this book, even if you are not a child.

I read the greek version of the book, translated by Eirini Paidousi for Metaixmio Publications.

You can buy this book from Book Depository using this link (affiliate link)


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