Mini Review: The Ice Dragon

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Title:  The Ice Dragon

Author: George R. R. Martin

Genre: Fantasy

Series?  Standalone Novella

POV: third person, past tense, one narrator

Cliffhanger? No

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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About the Book (adapted from Goodreads)

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.  But like the coldness around, Adara’s emotions seemed to be frozen as well.

My Thoughts

Great book with amazing illustrations. The story is a lot deeper than first glance.

I don’t really know how to express my love for this book without giving anything away.  The story is told through the eyes of a young girl, between the ages of 4 and 7. Because of this, the world around her is simplified.  She is an intriguing character, and not immediately likable.  In the early part of the story, she is not meant to be likable.  She is emotionally cold to those around her.  It is interesting to see how this progresses through the story.

The plot, while simple enough, holds a fair amount of symbolism.  I even began to question the existence of one of the main characters, [Highlight to reveal] the ice dragon itself.  It’s possibly all an active imagination – the way Adara sees the events.

My sister is a firm believer in the imagination/representation theory.  One of my friends does not think that is possible.  Either way, it is fun to discuss.

And even if you do not want to look for symbolism in the story, it’s a nice, short, bittersweet tale with lovely illustrations.


Content: Moderate violence.  Soldiers are returning from war, and their injuries are described – not in detail.  Mentions of burns from dragon fire, missing limbs, a guy with his sk  ull cut open.  A man and dragon are burned to death in front of the main character.  Again, not described in detail, but I’m queasy about burning people.


About Rivka Ray

I am a book loving college student who never has enough time to read. I am also in love with all things Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

3 thoughts on “Mini Review: The Ice Dragon

  1. Elisabeth says:

    I’ve got to get my hands on this. I’m reading his Game of Thrones series right now (don’t judge me) and even though the morality in those stories is pretty much always up for debate, Martin knows how to get inside his characters’ heads. With your recommendation, I think I’ve got one for the “must obtain” list!


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