The Ice Dragon [George R. R. Martin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear, for no man had. The Ice Dragon is a children's novel by George R. R. Martin, first published in as a short story for adults in the anthology Dragons of Light. The story was  Pages‎: ‎ pages. Parents need to know that The Ice Dragon is a new edition of a story first published in by famed fantasy author George R. R. Martin. There's some fantasy.


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Tweets by SFReviewsnet [This review contains mild spoilers. Martin," considering that this story was originally published ages ago in an Ace anthology titled Dragons of Light.

But hey, that's just the publishing world for you. And as this story has been the ice dragon of print in the intervening time, there's nothing wrong with bringing it back with a little fanfare, especially considering the stature its author has attained since.

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Its fall re-release is welcome. Yet though this is very much a kid's story, it's often a dark and distressing one. As in Martin's later and the ice dragon adult A Song of Ice and Fire saga, the world in which The Ice Dragon is set is one wracked with warfare and danger, in which death and peril are never far away.

Even our heroine, lonely young Adara, is linked to death. A "winter child" who doesn't feel the the ice dragon and lacks the emotional responses of normal children a metaphor for autism?

The Ice Dragon

The pervasive sense of melancholy lends itself to some effective drama, of course. But parents looking for a charming, lighthearted tale about a plucky little girl and her friendly dragon would be advised to look elsewhere. Tor's recommended readership is about ten and the ice dragon.

It's possible that kids any younger might burst into tears at the ending.


No bedtime story this. Its wings were vast and bat-like, colored all a faint translucent blue.

Adara could see the clouds through them, and oftentimes the moon and stars, when the beast wheeled in frozen circles through the skies. Its teeth were icicles, a triple row of them, jagged spears of unequal length, white against its deep blue maw.

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. Sometimes when a door flew open in the cold of winter, driven by the ice dragon sudden gust of wind, the householder would run to bolt it and say, the ice dragon ice dragon flies nearby.

The ice dragon breathed cold. Ice formed when it breathed.


Fires guttered and went out, shriven by the chill. Trees froze through to their slow secret souls, and their limbs turned brittle and cracked from their own the ice dragon. 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. Common Sense is a nonprofit organization.

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