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The Ice Dragon (1980)

by George R. R. Martin

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The writing was fine but the story sucked. I liked the pictures. ( )
  SashaM | Apr 20, 2016 |
A Fantasy Novel, about a girl called Adara who enjoyed the winter, and who became closed to the ice dragon that everyone feared in this fantastic frozen world. Her ties with this creature were misunderstood by her family from medieval times, eager to kill the beast. A magic story written in the most incredible details that transport us to imaginable ice lands and a Kingdom, striving for peace. I liked this novel because of the plot and dynamic actions well represented in graphics and sketches made in black and white charcoal and pencils, where good vs evil become one. A beautiful story written with metaphors characterizing a modern fantasy.
  eearly15 | Apr 17, 2016 |
I loved this book. I'm slowly making my way through his series now (Still on Game of thrones, NOOOO!) but this story was great and the artwork even greater. I'll admit the ending tore my heart out, but that's to expected with Martin, no? A great, quick read suitable for middle grade and up. 5 out 5 stars. I would recommend it. ( )
  Beammey | Jan 23, 2016 |
“The Ice Dragon” is wonderfully written children’s story by master fantasy author George R.R. Martin, he of Game of Thrones fame. This short novella follows Adara who always longs for winter because of her affinity to the cold and ice as well as her big friend, the titular ice dragon. But then Adara’s idyllic life comes to an end when the war her nation is involved in arrives in her town. However, Adara and her big friend save her father and siblings allowing them to escape but not without consequences.

This well-written and beautifully illustrated novella is perfect for young readers and is ideal for parents and children to read together. ( )
  mattries37315 | Jan 19, 2016 |
eh, shrug. i like didn't and i didn't like it. i know it was written for children but the story is very simple in some ways and very adult themes in others. the writing style seems to fit more for older people but the vocab is not that high. plus there are a lot of details not explained very well. in order to explain them the book would have had to be longer and probably not as child like but the story would have been better. he should stick to writing for adults or YA. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 16, 2016 |
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George R. R. Martinprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilbert, YvonneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Royo, LuisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Royo, LuisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Voor Phipps
die op het idee kwam,
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Adara hield het meest van de winter, want als de wereld koud werd, kwam de ijsdraak.
Adara liked the winter best of all, for when the world grew cold the ice dragon came.
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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.
The Ice Dragon marks the highly anticipated children's book debut of George R.R. Martin, the award-winning author of the New York Times best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire and is set in the same world. Illustrated with lush, exquisitely detailed pencil drawings by acclaimed artist Yvonne Gilbert, The Ice Dragon is an unforgettable tale of courage, love, and sacrifice by one of the most honored fantasists of all time.

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Leaving in its wake desolate cold and frozen land, the legendary ice dragon has never been tamed until it meets Adara, a winter child who looks to the creature to help save her world from destruction.

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