George R.R. Martin is definitely best known for his ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series – a storyline which was used to create the hit television show, A Game of Thrones. The series is renowned for death, sex, and violence, however these books aren’t the only ones he has written. GRRM has been an author since the age of 21, and has created well over 30 novels in his time. One of these was recently turned into a Comic Book series, and a second is getting republished.
The Ice Dragon is a children’s story that was originally published in 1980. It’s strange to think that GRRM ever created a children’s book. Tor Books are republishing it on 21st October 2014, with original artwork from Spanish Fantasy artist, Luis Royo. Most of the illustrations are being kept quiet until the books release, but the cover art has just been revealed, along with some concept art that you can see below.
The story takes place in Westeros, the same universe as A Song of Ice and Fire. It is supposedly a bedtime tale that was told by Old Nan – the Stark children’s resident storyteller. Here is the official synopsis;
Adara liked the winter best of all, for when the world grew cold the ice dragon came. 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.