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Author George R. R. Martin, upon whose work HBO’s Game of Thrones is based, is re-publishing one of his works of fantasy. You know, the one with the dragon in it... something about ice... no, not A Song of Ice and Fire, but The Ice Dragon.


What’s The Ice Dragon, you ask? It’s a children’s book Martin published back in 1980, and it’s already been re-published once in 2007 with new artwork. Now it’s getting an even fancier art treatment in the new edition courtesy of paintings by acclaimed fantasy artist Luis Royo.

The book tells the tale of a young girl named Adara who, because she was born in winter, is able to connect with an ice dragon who comes to the village when the weather gets cold. Though the book debuted over a decade before Martin began working on A Game of Thrones, one doesn’t have to look to hard to see the similarities. A girl sharing a special connection to a dragon sounds an awfully lot like Daenerys; a girl born in the winter and therefore has a better understanding of the season is very Stark-lik;, and a potentially menacing creature that arrives when the weather is at its fiercest is a dead ringer for White Walkers. Perhaps this book provided the seeds Martin needed to grow his world of ice and fire?

You can find out for yourself on October 21, when the new version of the book hits store shelves.