(mini) Book Review – The Ice Dragon

Book: The Ice Dragon
Release Date: 1980
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars



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.


After reading what is currently out for  the main series of A Song of Ice and Fire I have been curious about what other things George R.R. Martin has written. So when a publisher finally released this gorgeous edition in Dutch, I had to have it.

The story in itself was initially interesting. It draws a bit from The Snow Queen I suppose. And with Adara who seems quite special as a winter child it has a feel to a Brother Grimm fairytale. However for me the ending did feel a little sudden. And there was a change in Adara that to me didn’t make sense.

The synopsis suggests that this is linked to A Song of Ice and Fire which would make sense as an ice dragon has been mentioned. And from the sound of the world this would have taken place in Westeros. However the winters here are only a season as with ours. And wasn’t the winter in the north a couple of years in the series?  I suppose this has to do with that this was released way before A Song of Ice and Fire the first time. According to Goodreads it was first published in 1980.

Lastly the synopsis also says this is age appropriate to everyone. I’m not sure I agree with that entirely. Like the original Brother Grimm fairy tales it certainly doesn’t shy away from violence. And while it isn’t entirely explicite, I don’t think someone under 10 needs to hear about a guy walking past whose head was spliced open by an axe.

Regardless of the story this edition has gorgeous illustrations done by Luis Royo. They are so detailed and the dragons look especially life like. Just for that alone it is worth getting this book.

7 thoughts on “(mini) Book Review – The Ice Dragon

  1. Hmm, interesting. I’ve wondered whether this was linked explicity with Ice and Fire or just sort of thematically similar. And I agree about the violence- that definitely doesn’t sound all ages friendly. Course it is Martin. Sounds like it’s a good pick up for the art alone tho.

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