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Leaving in its wake desolate cold and frozen land, the legendary ice dragon has never been tamed until it meets Adara, a winter child who looks to the creature to help save her world from destruction.
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The Ice Dragon de George R. R. Martin

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I already knew that Mr. Martin could write damn well. Not always in the most accurate way and often lacking closeness to the characters, but still engaging and allowing the reader to delve deeper into the fantasy worlds he builds so excellently. He is world-renowned because of [b:A Game of Thrones|13496|A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)|George R.R. Martin|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1436732693s/13496.jpg|1466917] and its sequels, but also widely criticized because of the huge amount of time it requires him to finish his next book. Yes, I understand the frustration readers have with his slow working pace. But I still want [b:The Winds of Winter|12111823|The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire, #6)|George R.R. Martin|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1451949270s/12111823.jpg|6570035] to be the best sequel to the five previous books in the Song of Ice and Fire series as it could be, and this is why I will respect the fact that GRRM seems to need what feels like thirty years for finishing three pages. So, what can be more suited to fill the gaps between his books than some sweet little short stories?



At only 7,700 words, George R.R. Martin narrates the story of a young little girl called Adara, an extraordinary girl who was born in winter and has remained cold on her body as well as in her heart ever since. She loathes summer and longs for winter, for snow and cold ... and a reunion with the most beloved thing in her life. Not only is Adara physically cold, but also emotionally distant and unsociable towards her family, yet the only living creature she seems to be able to warm up to turns out to be an ice dragon. In a world torn apart by war and destruction, Adara seeks peace and solace in the presence of 'her' ice dragon, but the arrival of war at her family's home will prove to be an obstacle too huge to overcome for a small girl like her.

Entering the story, I fully expected to find interesting dynamics between the main character and the ice dragon. The latter one, however, remained rather soulless in comparison to the dragons GRRM invented for his fantasy world set in Westeros. (It has been argued that "The Ice Dragon" is set in Westeros as well, but apart from slight indications, nothing within the text manifests this theory - and one shall bear in mind that this story has been written many years before "A Game of Thrones".) Adara is the only character we are allowed to grow attached to, while her family is characterized only casually and without giving further attention to them. This may either be a result of the story being restricted to a small scale, or rather of Adara's emotional coldness - which also causes the destructive war to be left unexplained throughout the course of the story.

Even before starting the ASoIaF series, GRRM was able to restrict his stories to the eyes of their protagonists, so we did not see anything which Adara didn't see. I quite like this concept in contrast to the more Shakespearian dramatic irony, where the reader knows more than the characters, since it allows us to grow more attached to the protagonist. However, something was amiss for the duration of the story, and it mostly lacked some more vital dynamics between the two main players (Adara and the Ice Dragon). George R.R. Martin's writing style is enthralling as ever, though, and leaves only few details to be missed. Even if only for the beautiful illustrations, this short story can definitely be recommended for fans of the Song of Ice and Fire series who cannot get enough of Martin's writing. ( )
  Councillor3004 | Sep 1, 2022 |
Känns lite som en gammal och ganska kärv folksaga. Fantastiska illustrationer! ( )
  kattriarkatet | Jun 21, 2022 |
In this wonderful middle grade high fantasy tale, war approaches ever closer to Adara's small village. As a young child she is only dimly aware of this, but is keenly aware of the differences that set her apart from her community. As danger approaches her home, she comes ever closer to living her dream but a final choice will have to be made. Gorgeous art accompanies this fully illustrated short story. ( )
  Zoes_Human | May 14, 2021 |
3.5 stars

I enjoyed this short story. It's bittersweet, but I wouldn't expect anything less from the author. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Feb 17, 2021 |
'Dragon de glace' ('Ice Dragon' in its original, English version) was first released in 2011 via Éditions ActuSF. This bundle of 4 short-stories was recently (June 2019) re-released in pocket format via Collection Hélios, a label shared by Éditions ActuSF, Les Éditions Mnémos, and Les Moutons Électriques.

This little book contains 4 stories, each dating from the 1980s and previously published in various magazines.

1) Dragon de glace (Ice Dragon, 1980)
This one was previously published in the (French) magazine Bifrost (no. 28, 2002). It's a story about a introverted, 7 year old girl, Adara, who lives with her little brother (Geoff), elder sister (Téri) and their father on a farm. The eldest girl also works as a waitress to have her family have a higher income. The little brother is a curious kid, not really afraid of anything. He was their father's favourite. Adara was born in winter, her favourite season. The cold, the snow, the ice... didn't bother her at all. The warmth and clarity of the summer was something she could never really feel comfortable, especially not when their uncle Hal, a dragon-rider and valiant warrior, came to visit them, which he did on a regular basis. Each time he brought them some gifts.

This time, a war was being waged and uncle Hal had to help fight off the enemies, who largely outnumbered Hal's troops. Adara, on the other hand, had become friends with the ice dragon. So much even, that she wanted to flee with him. Until the war hit home and she felt remorse for her actions and thoughts. All's well that ends well, except for the ice dragon.

A beautiful story, no question about that. (5/5)

2) Dans les contrées perdues (In the Lost Lands, 1982)
This story was first published in France in the magazine Asphodale (no. 4, 2003). A knight visits a witch in her cottage in the woods to fulfil his mistress's wish: to be able to change shape, more precisely that of a werewolf. Her credo is: I've never refused a client. On the other hand, he has a wish of his own: his mistress must not succeed in her desire to change shape. Of course, the witch will be richly rewarded for her services. She goes out on a mission to satisfy both demands. She gets in touch with someone who can lead her to a werewolf. It will later turn out that her contact is the werewolf, changing shape as the full moon approaches. However, the witch can also change shape and is quick-witted, difficult to be fooled. And so, one thing leads to another: the werewolf dies, is stripped of his fur. The fur is then brought back for the knight to give to his mistress. The result of the mission is positive, both demands were fulfilled. But the knight, who's madly in love with his mistress, will have wished he could "order" something else from the witch.

Another good story. (4/5)

3) L'Homme en forme de poire (The Pear-Shaped Man, 1987)
This story was first published in France in the magazine Bifrost (no. 33, 2004). It's the weirdest of the pack, more realistic in setting. Not really fantasy, more like magical realism. The key role is played by a female illustrator, who has a secure job, thanks to a trustworthy collaboration. She delivers quality and on time. However, in the building where she lives with a friend, there's also a pear-shaped man. His behaviour is peculiar, weird, to say the least. He eats only a specific kind of crackers (Cheez Doodles) and drinks large amounts of cola. Nobody has ever seen him eat or drink anything else. He doesn't even have a job. He doesn't even have a name, it seems, nor does he have a record anywhere. And nobody seems to care about all this, since he lives his life and they theirs.

He seems to have fallen for Jessie, who is anxious to find out more about him, yet is also terrified of him, as he looks creepy. At some point, her flatmates assure her that nothing can go wrong. So he finally pays him a visit. The end is quite expected. She seems to have been swallowed by him, becoming him afterwards. Her flatmates don't even realise this.

A creepy story, not so much to my liking. (3/5)

4) Portrait de famille (Portraits of his Children, 1985)
I don't think this one was ever published in France, until now. There's no information in this little book about any previous publication, except Asimov's, November 1985. The story revolves around a writer who has lost his wife and his daughter, as he considered the characters in his books better family members than his own wife and daughter. His wife divorced from him, but went over to the other side a few years later. His daughter never forgave her father for his silly and selfish decisions. She decided to send him paintings, portraits of his characters - whereas previously she sent some of her own. These paintings are haunted, as each character comes alive at night. Both writer and character then have a talk about the writer's life and behaviour, to make him see the error of his ways.

There's a red line in the order of the paintings, but his daughter skipped a few books in the series. In the end, he can't stand it any more, as he can't lead a proper life any longer. He calls his daughter, asks her for forgiveness. She pays him a visit, but not to forgive. On the contrary even. She's furious. She was raped in the period she had left her father and lived on her own. Her father used that event for another book, though with a few changes in names, of course. He would pay dearly for this mistake. In the end, the writer does recognise that he's been a fool, that he followed a wrong path. The price that he pays, is very high, though.

A very dark story, very confronting, too. (5/5)

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A bundle of 4 diverse stories, each very well written, also thanks to the translators' efforts. The diversity makes it a worthwhile object and shows that there is more to George R.R. Martin than 'A Song of Ice and Fire'. Very much recommended!

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I was sent this book by Éditions ActuSF for review. Many thanks to them for the trust. ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
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