Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding 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 once again - 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 three times 3,000 enemies, and many have set out to find her. Yet, as they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.
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 Nights Watch, will face his greatest challenge yet. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.
And from all corners, bitter conflicts soon 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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"Martin has produced--is producing, since the series isn't over--the great fantasy epic of our era. ... his skill as a crafter of narrative exceeds that of almost any literary novelist writing today." (Lev Grossman, Time)
"Martin's love for sophisticated, deeply strange fantasy permeates Dance like a phantasmagorical fever dream…Martin seems poised in the last two books to bring home one of the best series in the history of fantasy." (Jeff Vandermeer, Los Angeles Times)
"Fans of A Song of Ice and Fire will surely think the wait was worth it. ... The great attraction of the story must lie in its panorama of a medieval kingdom: knights in armor, mercenary ‘sellswords,' tavern wenches, struggling and surviving inhabitants in all forms, from low to high." (Tom Shippey, Wall Street Journal)
All in all I loved the story and it was very enjoyable to listen to. The differences between the books and the show are very distinct by this book, which I find very intriguing.
Roy Dotrice is an excellent narrator, but it seems as if he loses track of which accent he uses for certain character, and even changed the pronunciation of a few names a few times. The devil is in the details.. still a great story, very well narrated.
this one left me hanging a little bit more than the others. I was looking for some other plot lines to develop. But I guess I have to wait for the next book. Other than that it was really good I like some of the other one's a little better but this was a good too. anxious to find out what happened to Brianne and the rest.
The narrator is perfect, Thank you Mr.Roy Dotrice. The story is amazing I listen to it all the time. Trying to figure out little things that I missed. Worth the time it takes to get thru. It'll leave you on the edge and wanting more.
GRRM Maybe not only has written one of the greatest epics of all time, but he may be one of the greatest mystery writers also. the way he weaves plots, and uses the first person perspective to give you clues but not let you in on them is perfection.
The readers voice pitch for the female characters voices was very poor. Daenery's sounds like Popeye the sailor a cartoon character. I listened to book four which was good enough but this book was a painful struggle to listen to. I spent 26 hours listening wishing for the end but with 13 hours remaining I had to stop. As quoted 'words are wind', this reading is a most foul wind.
The narration and male characters were recorded well and sounded fine but the female characters were very low pitch and Daenery sounded like Popeye the sailor. I watched the HBO series season 1 and 2 after reading the first 3 books. It is a painful listen with Daenery's voice.
I do not have a preference.
the book was fine but listening to its reading is like sitting thru a class where you dislike the instructor but you are sitting thru it to get done with it but it is most unbearable.
record this book over
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