George RR Martin has announced his children’s book The Ice Dragon will be back in print soon, with an all-new edition being released on October 21st. The Ice Dragon is an illustrated and edited version of a short story that George wrote in the 1970’s. The new edition The Ice Dragon of  will be lavishly illustrated by award-winning fantasy artist Luis Royo.

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.

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About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

2 Responses

  1. Underdogge

    Was GRRM a fan of the children’s cartoon shorts about Noggin the Nog? There was a story about Noggin and an ice dragon which came out in the 1960s (so before GRRM’s ice dragon in the 1970s). Oliver Postgate’s ice dragon was quite benign and wanted to sleep most of the time. Noggin the Prince of the Nogs was a character inspired by the Lewes chessmen. He and his friends had to ward off the plans of Noggin’s wicked uncle, Nogbad the Bad, who fancied ruling the Nogs himself.