George R.R. Martin and TOR have partnered to rerelease the “Game of Thrones” author’s 1980 children’s book “The Ice Dragon,” which the book publisher has confirmed is set in the world of “A Song of Ice and Fire.” The story tells the tale of a girl, named Adara, who ends up befriending an ice dragon — a creature only considered part of a fairy tale in Martin’s “Game of Thrones” world.
“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.”
TOR revealed the final cover from artist Luis Royo for “The Ice Dragon” re-release on its blog. The book is coming out on Oct. 21. Fingers crossed its timely re-release is happening as a reminder that “Game of Thrones” and “A Song of Ice and Fire” could get some ice dragons too.