#FridayBookShare

IceDragon

I have seen this tag, originally created by Shelley Wilson, going around a few blogs, so I thought, why not give it a chance? It is quite an interesting way to let readers know about wonderful books they might not have considered before, so I will give it a try. Introducing #FridayBookShare!

What you need to do, if you want to share it, is complete the following for a book of your choosing:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

In this case, I’m choosing one of George R.R. Martin’s lesser known works: The Ice Dragon. Let’s do this!

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First line of the book

Adara liked the winter best of all, for when the world grew cold the ice dragon came.

Stories—specially short stories—are supposed to start off with a very strong first line, so that the reader will be immediately hooked. And George Martin has delivered this time.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb

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.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Adara — A winter’s child.

Delightful design

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Audience appeal

Anyone who likes George Martin will love this piece! It’s not as explicit and violent as Game of Thrones, but it’s set in the same world—needless to say, fantasy fans will love it, too! This piece is an exceptional case of this author writing children’s fiction, so if that’s your genre, I’d definitely recommend it!

Your favourite line/scene

She was never quite sure whether it was the cold that brought the ice dragon or the ice dragon that brought the cold. That was the sort of question that often troubled her brother Geoff, who was two years older than her and insatiably curious, but Adara did not care about such things. So long as the cold and the snow and the ice dragon all arrived on schedule, she was happy.

It is surprising to see such a grim and stark author as George Martin writing a beautiful—though bittersweet—children’s book. The illustrations by Luis Royo make it all the more mesmerising. If you like fantasy, A Song of Ice and Fire, dragons, or, simply, the ice and snow, you should not miss the chance to read The Ice Dragon.

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Disclaimer: All the images in this post are the property of Luis Royo and HarperCollins

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8 thoughts on “#FridayBookShare

  1. I’m reading a side novel, really a novella, of George RR Martin’s now. I’m not going to give it away, but it is the story of about 2 generations before the Song of Ice and Fire characters. I’m looking forward to reading The Ice Dragon. Nice idea!

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