Since we are blogging about books this week, let me tell you about the little bundle of amazing that is The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin.
Now, some readers are probably aware that George R.R. Martin is also the author of the Game of Thrones novel series. And, as one might expect, The Ice Dragon is actually set in the same universe as that series. However, it is entirely different. The Ice Dragon is a timeless tale for all ages, I assure you.
The story centers around a little girl named Adara, who lives in a land of ice and dragons. From the moment of her birth, Adara is labeled a winter child, because she was born during the worst blizzard that anyone in the land had ever seen. It was said that the cold had pierced her very soul the moment she was born into the world. As she grew a little older, it became apparent that Adara was no ordinary child. She is very quiet and introverted. She does not care for the things that normal children enjoy. The little girl finds happiness only in the bitter cold of winter.
One day, as Adara wanders about in the snow by herself, she stumbles across the legendary Ice Dragon. Most people in the land would have fled for their lives at the mere sight of this magnificent creature; for the Ice Dragon was one of the most feared dragons in the land. Yet, Adara did not run. Instead, she felt drawn to the creature. She felt as if they somehow shared a mutual bond. She was a child of winter, after all.
What happens next, Jerry, is something you will have to discover for yourself. I think you will find this story to be very captivating. When I first began reading this book, it didn’t take long for me to fall completely in love with it. I was so spellbound, that I could not stop reading until I finished the book. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The whole story is a beautiful tale of fantasy and wonder; adventure and sacrifice. It is very memorable and had a lasting impact on me.
If I had to pick one thing that I loved the most about this book, it would definitely have to be, the illustrations. Much to my surprise, the majority of the small book is filled with elegant artwork, sometimes filling entire pages. The detail that the artist puts into every sketch is just fantastic. It perfectly reflects the theme of the story. Kudos to Luis Royo for his commendable artisanship.
So Jerry, if you’re looking for a short, easy-to-read story that’s filled with wonder and adventure (and dragons, of course), then you must read this book. The Ice Dragon, is a truly wonderful introduction to the genre of fantasy and I cannot recommend it enough.
Until next time, my little dragon friend.