Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Ice Dragon

Adara is the protagonist, with the heat, her father, and the
war as the antagonists. Adara must overcome her cold heart
and experience death and life to understand warmth, but she
was born in a snow storm, which killed her mother. Then, in
the midst of a cold childhood, Adara meets the ice dragon.
It is even colder than her, breathing ice instead of fire,
and freezing rivers that it settles next to. But just as her
friendship with the ice dragon blossoms, a war is upon her
father's farm. Adara has to choose between her family or a
cold life with the ice dragon, in a land where winter never
ends... the decision is up to her.

The Ice Dragon was a captivating book, with a tragedy and
a mystery wound into it. Adara is a mysterious little child,
unloved by her father and shunned by the rest of the village
children. But the most interesting thing is that she doesn't
care, preferring to go and build ice fortresses alone than
torture ice lizards with the other children. When the ice
dragon is introduced to the story, at first I was afraid for
the villagers; and the Adara befriended it, so the fear
abated. The climax point (where Adara chose which life to
live) was thrilling, and showed a clear hardship for Adara.
The only thing that I thought could have been made more
clear was the location, as it only included Uncle Hal
talking about the king. But other than that, the overall
book was definitely a page-turner, keeping me from other
tasks to read it.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 8

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Eagle Creek, OR USA