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.
Enchanted? Check out the rest of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series.
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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)
I started with the show and continued with the books, don't expect them to mirror each other since the story is not the same. Respect and cherish both separately and you won't be dissipointed. I love this series and dotrice. I only hope that in the next book in the series he will reprise as narrator. but he does need to be more consistent with which voices he uses for specific charters, as he has changed it from book to book. As far as this book is concerned I would consider in the 3rd best in the series with a Game of Thrones being 1st and a Clash of Kings being the 2nd. Enjoy!
As slow as AFFC, but redeeming in the end. Sets the stage for a HUGE comeback in Winds of Winter. The twists in the end earned this the 4th overall star...
Narration that is consistent with the first 3 books.How could the producers have not pointed out to Mr Dotrice that he changed the pronunciation of major character's names, and most egregiously, changed the voices of favorites like Daenerys and Arya. Who would buy books 5 and 6? People that listened to the first three, and yes, we did notice that Daenerys now sounds like she hails from Ireland.The Lannister men all sound the same. I found it a major distraction and could not get past it.
Always Tyrion. Cunning, witty and very smart. He uses his lifetime of study and his brain to tower over average height characters.
Pointing out the distracting differences in name pronunciation and major character voices to Mr Dotrice. It was AWFUL.
Yes..I enjoy the story just not the telling.
I have become a huge fan of the series and the books. Audio books work well for me for a bunch of reasons but suffering through the same narrator mangling pronunciations, and especially character voices was a major disappointment. When you see the same narrator you expect the same performance. I should have read the reviews.
The audio directors have failed to do their job and the result is the utter lack of continuity in the voice characterizations presented by Mr. Dotrice.
I loved the first two books in this series. The characters were well defined and I cared about them and felt the loss when one went down. The story progressed along and I felt the series was progressing with a purpose.
The last 3 books have just been a parade of characters. Characters die in gruesome ways, only to be replaced with more evil ones. Interesting characters disappear only to be replaced by unknown ones that just barely seem to be part of the overall story.
At times I felt that Mr. Martin was just pulling our names from the phone book. For goodness sakes, you're five books in, start working towards some type of conclusion. Even Tolkien was able to finish his story in 3 books.
Deeply simple, that's me. My preferences gravitate to stories that offer chances to reflect. However, don't give me a lot of sugar coating.
I own the entire Ice and Fire series in its audio version as well as its hard back book version. I have read it and listened to it all in its entirety, some of it more than twice. The only question I have is, when are we going to have book six available for our reading consumption. I do love this story, and this book as a part thereof, but I am finding myself a bit irritated at Mr. Martin for making us wait this long for the next part, as the television series just does not soothe the itch for the real thing.
After the dulls of book 4 this has been such a wonderful rebound. There are so many twists and turns that you just can't put it down. Can't wait for book 6!
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