A Dance with Dragons

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Bantam Books, 2011 - Fiction - 1016 pages
152 Reviews

GAME OF THRONES: A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, NOW ON HBO.

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.
 
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK FIVE
 
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
It leaves him with an ambiguous ending at best. - Goodreads
His writing is still superb. - Goodreads
Tyrion's character development also doesn't make sense. - Goodreads
Once past that, though, the pace picks up quickly. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Michelle - Goodreads

I know quite a few people who have given up on the GoT series because of this book. One friend took 6 months to read 100 pages before finally admitting she was done. I do not understand why. So many ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Matt Carton - Goodreads

My second complete trip through the Known World, and I realize that I remembered so very little about A Dance with Dragons. The entire Quentyn Martell thread? It's as if I read it for the first time ... 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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