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Return of the Ice Dragon

My children's book THE ICE DRAGON -- actually an illustrated and edited version of a short story that I wrote back in the 70s -- has been out of print in the US for some time, as a number of my readers have informed me over the past year.

That's because Tor was preparing an entirely new edition, which I'm now thrilled to be able to announce.

Same story, but ALL NEW ARTWORK.  This edition of THE ICE DRAGON will be lavishly illustrated by award-winning fantasy artist LUIS ROYO.

Have a look at the cover:


The new ICE DRAGON will be flying to a bookstore near you on OCTOBER 21 of this year!


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Florian Klepel
Jun. 25th, 2014 10:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that looks appropriate for children and not scary at all.
Jun. 26th, 2014 05:54 am (UTC)
Who says children's books need to be "not scary at all."

I loved scary stories when I was a kid.

That's what hiding under the covers is for...
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Jun. 25th, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)

Luis Royo is AMAZING!!! and he is from Spain, as myself xDDDD...

Good luck to both with the book!!! OMG!!!
Jun. 25th, 2014 11:16 pm (UTC)
ahhh so that's why you were keeping mum when I brought this up a few times! Looks great! I bought an ebook of the original edition, TOR's previous one, as the BOOK book was out of print...may have to pick this up! Will this version be the edited one, or the full one? I ask because you mentioned 'edited'.

I like to consider this part of the Ice and Fire mythos - something Old Nan would have told the Stark children when they were babes perhaps.
Maria Koronatova Ralph
Jun. 25th, 2014 11:49 pm (UTC)
new fan base
glad this will bring the kids into the fold of the fan base.. my five year old has been sketching the ice dragon cover over & over.."the eyes are freaky" which means it's a hit!
Angelo Arsani
Jun. 25th, 2014 11:54 pm (UTC)
This could be a good book to introduce kids into fantasy story, I hope this book has the same human expression that you've made, but of of course to adapted to kids.

Greeting from Brazil, very hopefully to this and The Winds of Winter.
Jun. 26th, 2014 12:01 am (UTC)
Wow I bet yer as pleased as punch! I bet he was thrilled, too!

That looks great. I read this off to my husband and his reply was "Whoa - Tor's going to run out of books."
Jun. 26th, 2014 12:01 am (UTC)
In honor of Gary T aka Scorchbeanie
One of your most loyal fans, Gary T, alias Scorchbeanie on the Tower of the Hand site, passed away suddenly today. He had over 37,000 posts discussing the books and Game of Thrones show as well as life insights. He moderated a reread of a portion of the novels. A memorial site was set up at http://towerofthehand.com/blog/2014/06/25-in-memory-of-scorchiebeanie/index.html?&#a,63 and you can see the many folks whose lives he touched. The TOTH horde feels that a character named Scorch would be a great addition to TWoW and honor his memory. It is rare that a person who most know only through a conversation thread on the Internet can affect so many individuals, and it would be a fitting tribute for him to live on in your work.
Jun. 26th, 2014 12:03 am (UTC)
Luis Royo illustrates a children book?
I'm intrigued
Jun. 26th, 2014 12:04 am (UTC)
Wonderful news!! Can't wait to by it for all the little tykes in my life.. and one for me too. ;)
Jun. 26th, 2014 12:37 am (UTC)
We have this as an audio book. My daughter loves it. I can't even tell you how many times I have listed to this story.
Missy Elley
Jun. 26th, 2014 12:41 am (UTC)
Ice Dragon
My daughter's Teacher read this to the class. :-)
Jun. 26th, 2014 12:43 am (UTC)
Dear Mr. Martin.

Grand Maester in training (just received my Maesters Degree) at the City-del College of New York working with gels and thickened liquids. Long time lj-reader, first time poster: was wondering if you might be interested in discussing the reality of wildfire, which I think could be more science than fiction. Things to think about: with great power comes great ability to make exploding jellies.

Julian R. Silverman
Scott Hanberg
Jun. 26th, 2014 01:02 am (UTC)
New illustrations
I thought this was a childrens book, that cover looks brutal. Cool, but not for kids.
Jun. 26th, 2014 01:43 am (UTC)
When you say "kids"...
I really hesitate to try and put an age cap on these things, but generally speaking, do you think a 4-5 yr old could handle The Ice Dragon? I love your work and would love to share it with the little ones, but I don't want them laying awake at night. At least not for a few more years when they read ASOIAF ;)
Jun. 26th, 2014 05:23 am (UTC)
Re: When you say "kids"...
Well, four might be a bit young.
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Jun. 26th, 2014 01:52 am (UTC)
Re: The Ice Dragon and other earlier works
Awesome! Looking forward to buying my copy, I've always liked The Ice Dragon.

Hope this is not overstepping our bounds by posting here, but just wanted to mention that the Bastards of Kingsgrave podcast has been doing some *spoiler full* reviews of your earlier works (Unsound Variations, A Song for Lya, The Second Kind of Loneliness, so far). We'll be getting to The Ice Dragon eventually, so that may be of interest to any readers of these works.
Brian Golden
Jun. 26th, 2014 01:55 am (UTC)
Never had a chance to read this story before, and the art is by Royo? This shall be bought and read with wide eyes and a smile:)
Jun. 26th, 2014 01:56 am (UTC)
Dollar tree miracle!
My wife and I had just started the ice and fire series when stumbled across this work at the local dollar tree. Falling in love with your work we had to buy this children's book! It was very well done!

Edited at 2014-06-26 01:58 am (UTC)
Joey Kalmin
Jun. 26th, 2014 02:10 am (UTC)
Age range

I want to pre-order this and give it as a gift to my soon-to-be 7-year old brother and 8-year old sister. They are mature for their age (although I assume most say that about their siblings!) Would The Ice Dragon be appropriate for them? (I want them to become fans of Sci-Fi and Fantasy as soon as possible!)

Joey Kalmin
Jun. 26th, 2014 02:19 am (UTC)
Ice Dragon
I actually have two paper back copies of this book, one for each kid. I found them at a Dollar Tree in my neighborhood. Best find ever!
Ramzi Shalby
Jun. 26th, 2014 02:27 am (UTC)
Finally :)
Been waiting for this!
Davidson Frith
Jun. 26th, 2014 02:46 am (UTC)
Ice and Fire
Ice dragons certainly are cool. I wonder what would happen if the Others got a hold on one. There are, after all, many strange creatures Beyond the Wall. I'm sorry, I know this post is about your children's story, completely unconnected to your Song of Ice and Fire books, it just got me thinking as to how that confrontation would go. Men frozen at their watch, indeed.
Davidson Frith
Jun. 26th, 2014 02:59 am (UTC)
Ice and Fire
Ice dragons certainly are cool. I wonder what would happen if the Others got their hands on one. There are many strange creatures beyond the Wall. Men frozen at their watch indeed.

Yes, I am aware that this post relates to your children's story (which is fantastic, by the way) and not to your Song of Ice and Fire novel), but it's fun to imagine.
Jun. 26th, 2014 04:09 am (UTC)
wow! great news!!!11
Jun. 26th, 2014 04:14 am (UTC)
Yay! Just in time to put on the Christmas list!
Jun. 26th, 2014 04:33 am (UTC)
This is fantastic news for those who haven't been able to get their hands on this book. I bought it a few years back out of curiosity, and found it to be a wonderful story. I even opted to have it signed instead of Dance with Dragons when GRRM was in Toronto (also because it was a much lighter book to be carrying around all day before the signing).

I'm looking forward to buying this version for my friend's daughter... and maybe another copy for myself just for the new art. :)
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