Parents, you might want to find a good child therapist and put him or her on your speed-dial. George R.R. Martin is putting his fantasy skills and love of inflicting trauma on readers to use on a children's book titled The Ice Dragon, a tale set in Westeros, and illustrated by the amazing Luis Royo.
I was hoping that this was actually going to be a kid-friendly adaptation of the regular books, where Catelyn and Robb Stark are at the Red Wedding and get sad because Walder Frey promises he'll serve ice cream but doesn't have any. Alas, no. But you may recognize the title as one of the bedtime stories Old Nan told the Stark children growing up. Here's the official summary from Tor.com:
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.
The book will be illustrated by the amazing Luis Royo; you can check out some more of the interior art here.
[Via The Mary Sue]