What a lovely captivating story set in a world we all know and love!
Set long before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire, The Ice Dragon follows the story of Adara, a young girl who is different to everyone else in her family. Born in the middle of winter, Adara is a winter child that does not fear the dragons that fly over her farm. Then one day Adara finds an ice dragon, and each winter they take to the skies. But Westeros is at war, and it is only a matter of time before fire breathing dragons appear in her village, bent on destroying everything in their path.
Having been a fan of George R. R. Martin’s work for a number of years, I went into reading this with some very high expectations, and it did not disappoint. The Ice Dragon is a beautiful children’s story that is thoughtful, provoking and wonderfully written,
The plot is a fairly simple one, but it’s fantastically executed and filled with lots of subtle elements from the series that so many adore. Adara is great, she’s fearless, staying out longer than any of the other children during the winter months, playing with lizards and approaching the ice dragon all alone. She stands out, sets herself apart from the other children and her brothers and sisters, and while she seems misunderstood by her family, she really is a fantastic character that you instantly empathize with.
This has probably been said in many reviews of The Ice Dragon, but the illustrations are astounding, I found myself getting distracted from the story many times in order to inspect them. They make the whole book feel cold and icy, it really adds to the whole atmosphere of the book.
It’s a sweet enjoyable story about a little girl that sacrifices her desires in order to save her family. It’s intelligent, thought provoking and lavishly illustrated. It may not be entirely for children, – there are some gory head-splitting scenes – but all in all a wonderful little book. I for one hope Martin delves into children’s writing again, if The Ice Dragon is anything to go by, it’s sure to be a wonderful book!