Today I bring you my review on “The Ice Dragon” from George R. R. Martin. This is a short children book within the world of Westeros and Essos, in which we follow a young girl who was born in the worst Winter and, unlike everyone else, enjoys it.
Because its a short book and i don’t see major spoilers with the need of being discussed, there will be no spoiler review this time.
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.
As someone who loves GRRM writing, this is as good as everything else. It was the main reason i wanted to read this. His writing is impeccable and we get to find a little bit more about Ice Dragons that are long gone from human eyes (that doesn’t mean dead).
Our main characters, Adara, is a Winter child. She was born in the coldest Winter and doesn’t fear it, she enjoys it. On her fourth birthday she meets an ice dragon and unlike what everyone says she isn’t afraid of it. She doesn’t get burn and she can ride it without violence. But not everything is well, the kingdoms are at war and dragon riders threaten Adara and her family.
This is a very different children book. The writing, the story and the moral of it. It’s not full of childish things but with meaning. It has a different moral from other books (for example, A Monster Calls). The meaning being it needs to be understood and thought out after reading it. Because Adara is just like any other child, she can’t bare to see her family get hurt, but also wants to escape the war. In the end i got the feeling that life goes on and i think that is the real meaning of it all.
I gave it 3.7 stars out of 5 just because, its a children book and i did enjoyed it but there was something missing. The real thing i truly missed was GRRM writing.