Ember and the Ice Dragons
A fantasy about a girl who used to be a dragon, and her adventure to save her new home. Ember St. George is a dragon. At least she was, before her adoptive father—a powerful but accident-prone Magician—turned her into a human girl to save her life. Unfortunately, Ember’s growing tendency to burst into flames at certain temperatures—not to mention her invisible wings—is making it too dangerous for her to stay in London. The solution: ship Ember off to her aunt’s research station in frigid Antarctica.Though eccentric Aunt Myra takes getting used to, Ember quickly feels at home in a land of ice storms, mischievous penguins, and twenty-four-hour nights. She even finds herself making friends—with a girl genius called Nisha and a mysterious orphan named Moss. Then she discovers that Antarctica is home to the Winterglass Hunt, a yearly tradition in which rare ice dragons are hunted for their jeweled scales. Furious, Ember decides to join the hunt to sabotage it from the inside.But being an undercover dragon isn’t easy—especially among dragon hunters. Can a twelve-year-old fire dragon survive the many dangers that come her way in the Antarctic wilderness and protect the ice dragons from extinction?

Ember and the Ice Dragons Details

TitleEmber and the Ice Dragons
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 1st, 2019
PublisherBalzer + Bray
ISBN-139780062854537
Rating
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Dragons

Ember and the Ice Dragons Review

  • Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
    January 1, 1970
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...The BuzzI loved Heather Fawcett's debut, Even the Darkest Stars, so I was jazzed to see her take on a middle grade where dragons take center stage.Ember and the Ice Dragons is a title so full of dragons how could I not immediately stop and take a look, especially paired with such a gorgeous cover and an exciting author!! The cover is so suited for the story, has great colors and is even more gorgeous when you look at the audiobook cover and can see the entire ice dragon!!The PremiseEmber St. Gedragon!!TheWriter...The Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...The BuzzI loved Heather Fawcett's debut, Even the Darkest Stars, so I was jazzed to see her take on a middle grade where dragons take center stage.Ember and the Ice Dragons is a title so full of dragons how could I not immediately stop and take a look, especially paired with such a gorgeous cover and an exciting author!! The cover is so suited for the story, has great colors and is even more gorgeous when you look at the audiobook cover and can see the entire ice dragon!!The PremiseEmber St. George is a dragon. But a dragon that is turned into a girl!! This really intrigued me. I was excited to get into this dragon filled world... how could I not be with such a sensational title as... Ember and the Ice Dragons. I think one of the most exciting things about the book that I wasn't really thinking about when I read the premise is that its set in Antarctica. This could be a initial downer for some readers... but NOT the way that Fawcett uses all the little details of this stark region. Details like penguins given the magic touch, ice dragon hunters, a glacier city, loyal sled dogs, scientist research!!What I really enjoyed though was Ember's journey as a dragon turned little girl. There's an unhappy reason she hares off to Antarctica and leaves her adopted dad who she is her entire world. Along the way she learns her fears can be overcome, makes her first friends, and goes undercover to make a difference. Plus she goes head to head with a Prince that seems really dark and grey... but may not be as evil as he seems. Ember and the Ice Dragons came together in such fun and unexpected ways.My ExperienceHonestly I wasn't too sure about Ember and the Ice Dragons once I got started. I don't particularly enjoy Antarctica. A couple of the kids seemed like bullies and I wasn't interested. There seemed to be a big struggle with authority. It was starting to feel like a thousand other books I'd read before.There were hints though that I was judging Ember and the Ice Dragons too quickly. First we learn right off she has a talking cat! Yes, she talks and its too funny the things she says. When she gets to Antarctica she loses a cobblestone to a penguin! This ends up being a delightful outcome... She fears other children! For good reason since her wings are only invisible, but still! What a fear to overcome. And so relatable.As you can see Heather Fawcett really impressed me how she took some rather stereotypical elements at first glance and made them remarkable!! They were so fun and unexpected. And we weren't lead into typical situations. Like the bully thing was just a blip. I loved this!! Especially for middle grade readers who need relatable tropes that they understand... but then things don't turn out anyway like you expect. It's so fun. Even adults can appreciate the creativity.I especially loved how morally grey the prince was. Nowadays children are so smart and savvy. Yet their morals haven't had time to develop and they do some pretty messed up things. The same with this prince! We normally have such black and white villains and in Ember and the Ice Dragons we get an unexpectedly grey treat.Ember and the Ice Dragons is a totally fun dragon romp about friendship, family and coming into your own as a person... or a dragon!! Just because this is middle grade doesn't mean it won't ignite your imagination either. The creativity is unexpected and makes this a great read for any age.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Writing Style⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ World BuildingA+ Cover & Title gradeThanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions.______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. Read my special perspective under the typewriter on my reviews...Please like this review if you enjoyed it! *bow* *bow* It helps me out a ton!!
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  • Toya
    January 1, 1970
    One thing that always keeps me coming back to middle grade fantasy is the ability for authors to take stereotypical and cliche situations and really mold them into something imaginative and refreshing. Heather Fawcett executes this beautifully in Ember and the Ice Dragons.The story of Ember St. George’s origins is unlike that of most twelve year olds her age. Im fact, Ember isn’t even human. Her adoptive father Lionel, the renounced Stormancer (a powerful wielder of magic), transform One thing that always keeps me coming back to middle grade fantasy is the ability for authors to take stereotypical and cliche situations and really mold them into something imaginative and refreshing. Heather Fawcett executes this beautifully in Ember and the Ice Dragons.The story of Ember St. George’s origins is unlike that of most twelve year olds her age. Im fact, Ember isn’t even human. Her adoptive father Lionel, the renounced Stormancer (a powerful wielder of magic), transformed Ember into a baby girl to save her life following the slaughter of her dragon parents. Problem is that the spell didn’t really go to plan, so now Ember spontaneously combusts when sunlight touches her and she tends to torch everything within range. In order to save her father’s career, she decides that she should go to Antartica to live with her Aunt Myra since they currently have 24 hour nights.Once in Antartica, life for Ember is vastly different than her London life. She has to go to school for one thing…and of course there’s a set of catty bullies (twins at that). She tries to maintain her isolation, but Nisha and Moss are determined to be her friends. Ember learns that the royal family in Antartica hold an annual hunt called the Winterglass Hunt that is a sport of slaughtering the remaining ice dragons. When Ember learns of this horrific sport that is headed by the arrogant and obnoxious Prince Gideon (who is also her age), she decides that she’s going to enter to sabotage the entire thing. What she doesn’t expect is that Nisha and Moss refuse to allow Ember to do this alone. This newly formed group of friends must find a way to save the remaining dragons and prove that they are not the vicious creatures that humans believe them to be.I loved Ember and her determination to protect her father, her dragon kin, as well as her new found friends. She’s fiercely loyal and refuses to back down regardless how dangerous situations that she is presented with are. Now let’s talk about Puff. Puff is Ember’s talking cat. Yes, he literally talks but not in full sentences. Instead, he yells one word demands over and over until he ultimately get what he wants. I swear I was dying of laughter in some scenes because if my cat could talk, she would do the exact same thing: Eat! Eat! Eat! Now! Now! Now!I loved the adventure that the trio must embark on in order to not only save the dragons but also to save humanity from itself. One thing that I always admire about powerful middle grade reads is that it’s usually the children that have to remind the adults of what a compassionate human being looks like.Overall, if you’re looking for a heartfelt story packed with adventure, magic, and friendship then you need to read this book. I can’t recommend this one enough!Thank you to Heather Fawcett for providing an ARC through a giveaway win. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.4.5 stars rounded up to 5.
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  • Melanie Dulaney
    January 1, 1970
    Creative premise to a dragons and magic fantasy book for the grades 4-8 reader. Ember’s father discovered her slain dragon parents just after she hatched. Rescue was complicated, though, as fire dragons were much sought after by hunters throughout this world that seems to be future Britain with a heavy dose of past tossed in. End result is a dragon turned girl who has invisible wings and spontaneously bursts into flame at the most inopportune times. However, dad is a renowned magic-wielded who i Creative premise to a dragons and magic fantasy book for the grades 4-8 reader. Ember’s father discovered her slain dragon parents just after she hatched. Rescue was complicated, though, as fire dragons were much sought after by hunters throughout this world that seems to be future Britain with a heavy dose of past tossed in. End result is a dragon turned girl who has invisible wings and spontaneously bursts into flame at the most inopportune times. However, dad is a renowned magic-wielded who is determined to fix his faulty spell...but a trip to Antarctica is Ember’s temporary destination where the cold should postpone any further flame ups. I, unfortunately, was not able to finish this very promising novel as my electronic ARC from Edelweiss expired at about 25%. But the start was intriguing enough that I plan to purchase this one for both my libraries. The first quarter of this book had a variety of characters of both genders who seemed to represent diverse economic levels and ethnicities, but the text was vague enough to allow readers to picture them in their preferred appearance. The start was also free of any profanity or sexual content. Hunting is a big theme and there are episodes of animal cruelty that seem to be key elements of Ember’s awakening determination to seek out and help dragonkind.
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusEmber was rescued by a Stormancer, Lionel St. George, after her dragon parents were slaughtered, and in order to keep her safe, he turned her into a human girl with a glamor that keeps her wings from showing and raises her as his own. Ember occasionally bursts into flames if she is in too much sunlight, and the latest combustion has caused great damage to her father's rooms at the college. He decides to send her to Antarctica to visit her A E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusEmber was rescued by a Stormancer, Lionel St. George, after her dragon parents were slaughtered, and in order to keep her safe, he turned her into a human girl with a glamor that keeps her wings from showing and raises her as his own. Ember occasionally bursts into flames if she is in too much sunlight, and the latest combustion has caused great damage to her father's rooms at the college. He decides to send her to Antarctica to visit her Aunt Myra, who is a research scientist studying ice dragons. Once she arrives, Ember is sent to study with a governess along with two unpleasant twins as well as Nisha. Nisha is quite nice to her, and when Ember saves her friend Moss from a bully, the three become good friends. Ember has a magic door knob that lets her visit her father and open portals in various locations. When Ember finds out that Prince Cronus (the fifth child of Queen Victoria) and his son Gideon are staging another Winterglass hunt, she is appalled and knows she has to do everything she can to sabotage it. She manages to be allowed to go on the hunt and bring Nisha and Moss as her helpers. Once aboard the ship taking them to the dragon grounds, Ember is able to pull off some things that do slow down the hunt, but she is not able to stop it. There are a lot of other political maneuverings going on, and when Gideon is captured by the dragons, Ember feels a need to go after him even though he isn't the most pleasant boy. She and her two friends head to the City of Spires to negotiate with the dragon king to bring Gideon back. Will Ember be able to save the prince and save the dragons, or will the evil prince and his henchman Lord Norfell triumph in their attempt to exterminate the dragons?Strengths: This was a well-paced fantasy with plenty of dragons, adventure, political intrigue, and aggressive penguins! I was able to follow the story and keep track of the characters despite my chronic fantasy amnesia, which means it is well constructed story. The Antarctic setting is fun, and there's just enough magic (like the transporting doorknob) to support the existence of dragons. Moss' backstory is fun as well. Weaknesses: I was really confused as to when this took place. Once I suspected the Victorian Era, I was thrown off by Nisha wearing lipstick and rouge. This has some alternate history in it, such as a mention of British America and the extra son of Victoria, but the main focus is the Antarctic setting and the dragons.What I really think: Rather than buy five copies of every Tui Sutherland Wings of Fire book, I'm adding a number of dragon books to my collection. It's something that the occasional student will obsess over, so it's good to have a core collection of dragon books on hand, and 2019 has had a number of good titles. Will purchase.
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  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    See my full review here: https://www.yabookscentral.com/kidsfi...EMBER AND THE ICE DRAGONS is a lush middle grade historical fantasy that follows Ember, a dragon who was transformed into a human girl. Ember is the last known fire dragon, as they were hunted into extinction. After her parents were killed, a powerful Stormancer, Lionel St. George, used his magic to turn her into a girl and has raised her as his daughter. He also disguised her wings so that people could not see them. Ember has mishaps when her fire escapes, and See my full review here: https://www.yabookscentral.com/kidsfi...EMBER AND THE ICE DRAGONS is a lush middle grade historical fantasy that follows Ember, a dragon who was transformed into a human girl. Ember is the last known fire dragon, as they were hunted into extinction. After her parents were killed, a powerful Stormancer, Lionel St. George, used his magic to turn her into a girl and has raised her as his daughter. He also disguised her wings so that people could not see them. Ember has mishaps when her fire escapes, and taking the opportunity, decides to go to Antarctica to stay with her Aunt Myra, who is part of the scientific expedition there.In Antarctica, Ember finds some new friends and also a new purpose. Like the fire dragons, ice dragons are being hunted into extinction. The Winterglass Hunt is set to take place with the prince and his son leading the way. Ember works her way into the hunt to try to sabotage it and save the ice dragons from being killed.What I loved: This book has a lot of humor which will appeal to the middle grade audience. The story is also full of magic and dragons, as well as action/adventure and danger. The story builds slowly which is great for the younger middle grade audience. There is also an interesting theme about extinction and hunting that will bring this real life issue to the middle grade crowd. This ends up being very unique, as I have not read anything quite like it before.The setting of Antarctica was also unusual and interesting, bringing a new place to the audience complete with penguins and some 24-hour dark days. While it is set in the past, the book is somewhat without time due to the magic of it all, and so appeals to readers regardless of whether they usually like historical settings.What left me wanting more: As a small point, the book is relatively lengthy for a middle grade fiction, but the pacing is good and the plot interesting.Final verdict: Unique and engaging, EMBER AND THE ICE DRAGONS tackles the need for protecting endangered species and being different with the intriguing setting of Antarctica and with plenty of magic. Recommend for middle grade readers who are looking for a light-hearted and amusing story about dragons and tenacious young girls (or dragons, in this case).
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  • Kathie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss+ and Balzer + Bray for an eARC of this book.I really enjoy Heather Fawcett's writing, and EMBER OF THE ICE DRAGONS (which is her first middle grade book) is no exception. I definitely hope this is the beginning of a series, because I would love to read another story about Ember and her friends.Ember was born a fire dragon, but her father used magic to disguise her true identity so she takes the form a girl (with invisible wings). When Ember's hidden Thank you to Edelweiss+ and Balzer + Bray for an eARC of this book.I really enjoy Heather Fawcett's writing, and EMBER OF THE ICE DRAGONS (which is her first middle grade book) is no exception. I definitely hope this is the beginning of a series, because I would love to read another story about Ember and her friends.Ember was born a fire dragon, but her father used magic to disguise her true identity so she takes the form a girl (with invisible wings). When Ember's hidden dragon qualities begin to show themselves in warmer temperatures, she decides to visit her estranged aunt who works in Antarctica. But the Winterglass Hunt, a yearly event involving killing ice dragons for their jeweled scales, is taking place and Ember is horrified. She decides to sabotage the hunt by joining in, along with two of her new acquaintances. But there is danger, deceipt, and greed working against her, and Ember may not be able to save the dragons, let alone herself.I really loved that most of this story takes place in Antarctica, and found the natural elements and setting quite interesting. I loved to watch some of the characters, like Ember, become more social, while other remained a bit of a mystery to the reader. I think the dragons and their histories will appeal to fantasy fans, but my reservation is this book may be a bit too long to appeal its target audience. I will definitely be recommending it.
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  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    I had extreme difficulty reading this one because I read a book series some time ago by Julie Kagawa and the names are SO SIMILAR I couldn’t separate them in my head. See, the name of the main character in this book by Heather Fawcett is Ember St. George. She is a dragon enchanted to be a girl. The name of the main character in Talon by Julie Kagawa is Ember and she is a dragon who can shape shift into a girl. Not only that, but in Talon there is an institution called St. George whose soldiers a I had extreme difficulty reading this one because I read a book series some time ago by Julie Kagawa and the names are SO SIMILAR I couldn’t separate them in my head. See, the name of the main character in this book by Heather Fawcett is Ember St. George. She is a dragon enchanted to be a girl. The name of the main character in Talon by Julie Kagawa is Ember and she is a dragon who can shape shift into a girl. Not only that, but in Talon there is an institution called St. George whose soldiers are often nicknamed St. George. I couldn’t keep the name of the m/c in this book straight because whenever I read her name I just thought of the other Ember and it got to be too confusing for me to keep going with the book. I don’t know if I’m the only one who noticed this or if it was just me but I’m sorry I probably shouldn’t be reading middle grade anymore.
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  • Mariana Calderon
    January 1, 1970
    Ember and the Ice Dragons is a delightful read. Set in the beautiful and stark backdrop of Antarctica in an age where dragons exist but are being hunted to extinction for sport and money, this story just pops off the page with creativity and heart. Ember, Moss, and Nisha make a wonderful trio of Hogwarts house personalities (I'll let you guess for yourself where they'd be place - but I have my own bets!). Their adventures are both a classic quest and a timely analogy to the modern race to save e Ember and the Ice Dragons is a delightful read. Set in the beautiful and stark backdrop of Antarctica in an age where dragons exist but are being hunted to extinction for sport and money, this story just pops off the page with creativity and heart. Ember, Moss, and Nisha make a wonderful trio of Hogwarts house personalities (I'll let you guess for yourself where they'd be place - but I have my own bets!). Their adventures are both a classic quest and a timely analogy to the modern race to save endangered species.
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  • Twyla
    January 1, 1970
    My favorite part was when the prince stopped the Winterglass Hunt, and Ember and her friends returned safely. My least favorite part was when the dragons kept going to close to humans and getting killed. I like the idea that the dragons pay with the answers to riddles, and that the dragons are not violent, at least the ice dragons aren't. I hope that there might be a sequel, with more about the fire dragons rather than the ice dragons.
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  • Artie
    January 1, 1970
    Awwwww yissssssss Heather Fawcett better give me more dragons right this instance
  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    This was everything I hoped it would be!! Middle grade done right - I love Heather Fawcett's writing! Full review to come.
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