Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Ice Dragon

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Reading Levels: Ages 9-12

I was introduced to George R.R. Martin by a friend of mine who recommended that I read 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series. I really loved the first book 'A Game of Thrones' and am currently reading the second book 'A Clash of Kings'  which I equally love.

The Ice Dragon tells a tale of Adara, a solemn, serious child that seems devoid of emotion. Adara is a winter child, born during the worst winter ever and because of that she naturally loves the cold winter weather and dreads the heat of summer.

Somehow, Adara forms a bond with the Ice Dragon, a creature of legend that roams in her village during the coldest season. On her seventh birthday, war sweeps into her peaceful home and it is only the winter child and the Ice Dragon that could save her world from destruction. 

The Ice Dragon is only about 100 pages long and takes at most about half and hour to read through it. It's a short tale of heroism at the darkest hour and also highlights the atrocities of war: violence, death and loss. I'm not sure whether this book is suitable for children to read but I enjoyed it because Martin has not hidden the horrors and realities of war and the troubles in life. If you like Martin's other work then I think you'd enjoy reading this as well. A sad yet beautiful book which I definitely would recommend to read. 

Challenges: 100+ Reading Challenge

7 comments:

cj'alhafiz said...

Ms. Ulat buku...I do have these two books wif me...
The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh and The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards... do u ever read these? if Yes...i need some of your opinion....thanks...

Ms Ulat Buku said...

I've heard of the author Amitav Ghosh but never read any of the books you mention. Sorry! :)

cj'alhafiz said...

haha...thank anyway. now u rarely post any review rite...
i wonder y..bz?

Ms Ulat Buku said...

ya no time anymore :(

cj'alhafiz said...

waaa....... don't be sad sis....
just do it slowly... i'll wait for ya next review though...hiks!!!
all da best for ya!!!

Shy said...

Sounds like a very interesting read! I bought the first A Game of Throne recently and have gone through the first few chapter. I'm not normally into this epic-fantasy stuff but this book truly drew me in. Thanks for introducing the author to me =)

Ms Ulat Buku said...

Hi Shy, thanks for dropping by. I've never been a fan of epic fantasy too but GRRM is really good right! Glad you love reading it :P

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