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)
I love a good story. Audible allows me to be outside, hiking and walking and keeping up on great literature.
It took me a long time to get through this volume. If you've liked the previous books, you'll like this, though it does drag at times. I'm still hoping there's another one in the chute.
If you like the earlier books in this series, you will like this one too. Its nearly 50 hours of audio, and it went by fast. I like this series, and this book didn't disappoint. Roy Dotrice continues to do a great job.
I've loved all the books in this series. I can't wait for the 6th book to come out. Thanks for the awesome stories Mr. Martin.
Mr. Dotrice does an amazing read. I hope to hear his lovely voice for the 6th book as well.
Martin delivers again. I can't wait for the next book to come out so I can continue the story. This is by far the best series I have ever read and the narrator ads a great voice to the characters. A must read series.
Fantastic writing, great story, so much suspense and surprise and action, that I couldn't stop listening.
I wish Roy Dotrice would be more consistent with his voices… There was a big change between books 3 and four in how he performed certain voices. You have one job… You might as well listen to a couple of chapters of previous books so that you can remember what certain characters are supposed to sound like, such as Arya stark.
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