A Dance with Dragons

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Bantam Books, 2011 - Fiction - 1016 pages
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Dubbed "the American Tolkien" by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers the fifth book in his landmark series--as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.
In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance--beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.

Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys's claim to Westeros forever.

Meanwhile, to the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone--a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, will face his greatest challenge. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.

From all corners, bitter conflicts reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all.

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Generally I can enjoy brilliant prose with zero plot. - Goodreads
Pacing: Brilliant pacing. - Goodreads
Great writing, great characters, great world. - Goodreads
It leaves him with an ambiguous ending at best. - Goodreads
I find this style of story telling disapointing. - Goodreads
Tyrion's character development also doesn't make sense. - Goodreads

Review: A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5)

User Review  - Margaret - Goodreads

Oh George RR Martin you are so lost in Westeros or maybe Essos, that your books are suffering. I appreciate that Martin has created a whole world for his story to happen in, but I don't need to know ... Read full review

Review: A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5)

User Review  - Britney - Goodreads

(May contain hints at spoilers but i wont actually say anything) I love George RR Martin's writing but now I feel like since the TV show came out, he's been trying to "hollywood-ize" the last two ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire--A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons. As a writer-producer, he has worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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