|The Ice Dragon|
|Author || George R. R. Martin|
|Language || English|
|Genre(s) || Children's novel|
|Publisher || Starscape; 1st edition|
|Released || October 2, 2007|
|Cover Artist || Yvonne Gilbert|
|Media Type || Mass Market Paperback|
|Pages || 112 pages|
|ISBN || 978-0765355393|
The Ice Dragon is a children's novel by George R. R. Martin first published in 1980. The novel was published again in October 2007 with detailed pencil drawings illustrations from Yvonne Gilbert. It has eight short chapters and it is written in a poetic style. Several fans have speculated that the story is set in the same world as the A Song of Ice and Fire series, as there are some remarkable similarities between the worlds are illustrated, but also some differences. While several publishers say that it is set in the same world, George R.R. Martin himself has stated on his Not a Blog that the Ice Dragon is not set in the world of Ice and Fire.
The story is about a little girl Adara who is born in the long winter. During which the worst freeze had taken place that anyone could remember. Her mother died giving birth to her. Adara loves the winter and feels attracted to the cold. She prefers to play with snow and ice and ice lizards. Her skin is always cold to the touch. She feels that the ice dragon had always been in her life. When she is four years old she touches the ice dragon for the first time. She rode upon its broad, chilled back for the first time in her fifth year. The people of her town fear the ice dragon. It is said that it is a creature of legend and that no man has ever tamed one. When it flies overhead, it leaves a desolate cold and frozen land. But Adara is not afraid of the ice dragon, for she is a winter child. When she is seven the fiery dragons from the North come and swoop down upon the peaceful farm that is Adara's home. She and her ice dragon fly towards them and the ice dragon fights the other dragons in order to protect Adara and her family. The ice dragon defeats the fire dragons, but afterwards the ice dragon is nowhere to be seen. Only a pond that had never been there before, a small quiet pool where the water is very cold. After the disappearance of the ice dragon the cold leaves Adara. She is then finally able to smile, laugh and weep like other little girls.
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