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Aug 1 2014 10:00am

Revealing the Intense Final Cover for George R. R. Martin’s The Ice Dragon

The Ice Dragon George R. R. Martin Luis Royo final cover

That gasp you just heard was yourself as you clicked on the above image to see the final full size wrap-around cover for George R. R. Martin’s The Ice Dragon!

The children’s illustrated book is a tale of courage and sacrifice set in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, with 30 intense interior illustrations and a full color cover from acclaimed artist Luis Royo. The cover you see above will only be available on the first edition of the book, which is out on October 21 from Tor Teen.

So how does the tale fit into the world of Ice and Fire?

The Ice Dragon George R. R. Martin Luis Royo final cover

As far as we readers know, The Ice Dragon is a tale in our world and the world of A Song of Ice and Fire. Jon Snow in particular recalls it being a bedtime story that Old Nan would tell the Stark children. Perhaps it went a little like this:

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.

Actual ice dragons have not appeared in the series. Yet.

But if they do, Luis Royo has already visualized them in extensive detail. Take a look at some of the interior art from the book:

The Ice Dragon George R. R. Martin Luis Royo interior art

The Ice Dragon George R. R. Martin Luis Royo interior art

The Ice Dragon George R. R. Martin Luis Royo interior art

You can see more interior art and the first sketch of the cover at this initial peek at The Ice Dragon!

8 comments
The Book Frog
1. The Book Frog
Oh, Tor. I was so happy to see this. I want to share it on my bookstore's Facebook page. But why oh why do you have an Amazon buy button? Why not hook up with Indiebound and connect potential readers with indies? We struggle so hard, and we do such a good job of personally handselling your books (and everybody else's, of course).
A.J. Bobo
2. Daedylus
Oh my goodness, that dragon is BEAUTIFUL. Wow. Just wow.
Cody
4. Tarcanus
I'll be the first to criticize it - not a fan of that art style for the dragon. Looks like a droopy dog in some of those pics.
The Book Frog
5. mutantalbinocrocodile
Sorry to be a buzzkill, but I'm not particularly keen on officially including this story in ASOIAF. Partly that's thematic--there is SO MUCH going on already, that throwing in a gigantic monkey wrench like an "ice dragon" (after the fact rather than as part of the master plan--this story predates ASOIAF) might unbalance it. But also, I've thought for a while that, for authors whose main work is not YA-appropriate, there's significant moral hazard in writing a YA story set in the same universe. Some children who love this book might end up thinking they want to know more and getting exposed to material that really isn't developmentally appropriate (no flamewar, I'm not a prude, but are topics like graphic incest and brutal gang rape really something that an 11- or 12-year-old brain can process?) Or getting into awkward fights with more clued-up parents--much less bad but still to be avoided. I can't help but think this would have been better located outside the ASOIAF universe permanently.
Justin Baskall
6. ColdSteel
very nice. personally i like the black and white art work, but the cover dragon is impressive. i might have to try to read this just because otf that.
The Book Frog
7. Grim Griefer
I love the illustrations, but the font for the front cover is way too busy.
Clay Blankenship
8. snoweel
If you like that artwork (the first one), Barnes and Noble is giving away posters of it as a promo (or was a couple of weeks ago).

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