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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice short story for young readers
And all of us who approach this book after reading A song of Ice and Fire should have in mind that it has nothing to do with such a series. Other than dragons, of course.
This is a short story written obviously for children or young teenagers, easy to read, quite simple and with a little touch of magic. A fairy tale about a little girl and an ice dragon.
Published on 31 Aug. 2012 by Amura
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Ice Dragon
The Ice Dragon is one of George R. R. Martin's older novellas, newly republished in a lovely little hardback with brand new illustrations by Luis Royo. It isn't a long book and doesn't have much depth to it, but it's a fun fantasy read and is exactly what I expected it to be like.
This book is all about young Adara and her experiences with the fabled ice...
Published 4 months ago by Jenny, Wondrous Reads
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!,
George R R Martin brings yet another adrenaline-filled story to readers.
True to form, George creates characters you cannot help but love, Adara is a joy to read and her relationship with the Ice Dragon feels real and is wonderfully portrayed.
This book served as great entertainment with its colourful characters and gripping plot.
Those who pick up this book wanting more Song of Ice and Fire may be disappointed, this book feels like it was written with a younger audience in mind. But those who approach it as something new will find a treasure.
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect,
The story was detailed and brought to life with the Illustration by Luis Royo had created with each section of the book. A nice level of detail was given to the story, however I found personal faults in the story.
The story's ending seemed rushed and repeated in places. I think a little more development it would have been perfect. It was still an enjoyable story for everyone even if the blurb is far more like synopsis.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly misses the mark,
I love GRRM's novels. His ability to weave good and bad into each of his characters and give you a perspective that allows you to empathise with even the most innately cruel of them is unique. I also love that his books steer away from the formulaic good versus evil nature of most novels in the fantasy genre.
Maybe I shouldn't have had any expectations from this book but I was excited to have found a story for young readers that had the potential to create an interesting world of complex characters and open up intelligent fantasy to this audience. Unfortunately it didn't hold any of these qualities.
Adara is set up as a strong female protagonist and the descriptions of this winter child's perspective on her environment and the dragons it contains are captivating, but the fluid narrative lacks depth, even for a short story. Unfortunately the entire ending falls flat because the other characters are not developed to a point that allows the reader to engage with them at all. The brief descriptions there are of them make them quite unlikeable, rendering Adara's final decision, which I believe is intended to signify her transition to emotional warmth, empty.
The biggest problem with this book is that GRRM isn't really clear on who his target audience is. The language, to the most part, is simplistic and the large font appears aimed at perhaps a third grader, which is backed up by the 7 year old female protagonist. However the graphic descriptions of war and death seem intended for at least a young teenage audience, although I can't envisage such a simply written book centred around a young girl grasping the attention of many in this age group.
In summary, The Ice Dragon is a beautifully illustrated, chilling tale that doesn't seem to provide quite enough substance to touch the heart of the reader, however old that reader might be.
2.0 out of 5 stars Over Priced Very Short Story.,
The cost, more than £5 for just 1 hour reading is ridiculous, makes a very expensive short story, not worth the money as longer and better books cost a lot less. Won't buy this authors books at these prices again, too many good cheaper books out there, was cheated.
3.0 out of 5 stars This book is like a very simple chapter in game of thrones,
This book is like a very simple chapter in game of thrones. It's ok. But I probably wouldn't read it again or anything similar that George R.R. Martin might bring out. I'm just waiting for the final game of thrones book to be released!
4.0 out of 5 stars Ice Melt,
Well this is charming short read for young children, (not too young), and adults. Some detail might be unsuitable for children under the age of 10. The illustrations add to the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Childs Book!,
I bought this NOT realising it was a childs book. Probably should of read the reviews before buying lol
4.0 out of 5 stars Bedtime story,
An enjoyable tale. Lovely illustrations.
Wish I'd got actual book as old, basic kindle didn't do it justice.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow,
Very quick read and the dragon's looked and sound amazing. I can't was wait to read rest of his work
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The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin (Hardcover - 21 Oct. 2014)
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