12 Days of Dragons: Iskierka

In celebration of the release of George R.R. Martin’s The Ice Dragon earlier this week, we are looking at some of the most fearsome and fantastic dragons in fantasy. Today’s dragon comes from Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series: Iskierka.


A Kazilik in service to Britain, Iskierka hatches en route to Britain while Temeraire and the crew are fleeing following the rout of the Prussian army. High-tempered and ready to fight from birth (iskierka means sparkle in Polish). John Granby becomes her companion, although notably she names herself. She frequently argues with Temeraire, especially over the fact she isn’t allowed into battles yet. Becomes a main figure in protecting the English coast, seizing many ships as prizes. Follows Temeraire to Australia (or is trying to) after Laurence and Temeraire are sentenced to transportation, taking Granby with her.

Other Articles

Introducing Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

When I sat down to write Kingdom of Souls many years ago, I was terrified. Growing up, I desperately searched for characters in books who looked like me and was always disappointed to find none. I loved reading stories where kids saved the world, tamed dragons, wielded magic, flew… Read More

Welcome to Rilpor, please enjoy the stabbing! by Anna Stephens

On 5 September 2019, the third book in my Godblind Trilogy will be published. Godblind, Darksoul and Bloodchild chart the story of an epic, world-changing and god-killing war of conquest and religious zealotry, not just between the neighbouring kingdoms of Rilpor and Mireces, but between the Gods… Read More

The End of a Trilogy by Anna Smith Spark

Five years ago I sat down and started writing a scene of violence. Men in the desert. Heat. Sunlight. Battle. A hero with a terrible flaw in him. A story emerged, fully formed, pouring itself out of me, a whole world and its history there in my head, love and… Read More