Title: The Ice Dragon
Author: George R R Martin
Illustrator: Luis Royo
Publisher: Harper Voyager
**Synopsis taken from the back of the book**
"In Westerns the ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear. When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate frozen land. No man had ever tamed one. Amara first glimpsed the ice dragon as she played in the snow long after the other children had fled the cold. But Adara was not afraid; she was a winter child, born during the worst freeze that anyone could remember. In her fourth year she touched the dragon, and in her fifth year she rode upon its 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 destruction"
Basically, this is flawless. It's a short story from the genius who created A Song of Ice and Fire and it is simply beautiful and heart wrenching. Adara is such a wonderful character, in such a short story with very few words you see her character change and it's lovely to see.
The illustrations are breathtaking. The story is wonderful.
I'd read this to a child or tell the old lady at the bus stop to read it because no matter what age you are this story is lovely.
Just go get it. Please.