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)
The story is superb, the writing flawless, the narration hard to understand (at times) for someone not from the UK, but it does add character, and you get used to it after a while.
This is my first audiobook experience, all 5 books. I listened to the books at the grocery store, on the way and from work, pretty much all the time. I enjoyed the writing and Mr. Dotrice's voices. There are alot of unanswered questions so I look forward to a 6th book. This series was not a waste of time...enjoy!!
Yes this was and exciting fulfilling return to the Seven Kingdoms.
Tyron Lannister and Jon Snow- You know why
Great Vocal performance
The adventure continues
I would absolutely recommend this book. The story since the first book is one of the best I've ever read. I love the characters, settings, and the complex plots and story lines. EXCELLENT SERIES!
If I really have to choose one thing I like best, it would be, for lack of appropriate words to say what's in my head, that I love the 'flavor' of the world that Martin has created. It's a place the makes me wish I was really there. It feels so real and rough and the characters feel so natural, and yet so much larger than life. This makes the world addicting.
DOTRICE DOES THE WORST WOMAN'S AND KIDS VOICES I'VE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE! Every woman and child sound like some old crone with teeth missing. It would really ruin any lesser book. The strength of Martin's story does save it though! To be fair, Dotrice does do a very good job on the men's voices.
This book has made me laugh out loud, cry, gasp, and scream in my car.
You cannot start with this book. This isn't the kind of series that you can pick up a book in any order and get what you should out of it. You will do well to start with the Game of Thrones. It will be so much more satisfying to go in the intended order.
Absolutely. I like Martin as an author, but I used to love him as an author. While his craft has kept up with him, his storytelling has slowed to the point that not much happens.
Roy Dotrice is a decent narrator (better than the guy that narrated a Feast for Crows), but some of his performances on this book weren't as good as the job he did on the first three. ESPECIALLY his women.
I've read just about everything that Martin has written. I will read him again. I'm just not crazy about the direction he took this series af of the last book. Everything has just become so mundane...
Better women voices... Roy wasn't bad on the first three books, but his female voices on this one (especially Danerys) leaves much to be desired.
HBO seems to have that one figured out already.
This book was an improvement on the last one. (maybe because I like the characters better in this one) But really, from the point at the beginning of the book until the very last page, what has really changed? Not too much. It's like Martin is taking us into the Mundane duties of every day life in order to get us to the REAL events which will eventually occur.
I feel (very strongly) that this book and the last in the series (Feas for Crows) could have been skipped altogehter and Martin could have brought us up to speed quickly on events that we have not been around for. There is nothing in this book or Crows that needed to be expanded upon the way that it is...
Still, Martin is good at what he does. He is a great writer and is good at putting us in the shoes of his characters. Despite nothing happening, I still was interested through most of the book. That's the sign of a truly great author... Now if Maritn could learn to edit a bit quicker and just get to the darn point :-)
The story line is good - if predictable, characters are interesting
The narrator had too many voices to try and imitate and his renderings were for the most part, especially the female voices - were annoying and grated on the nerves.
Returning narrator Mr. Dotrice brings the characters' voices back to life; but, as with any series that deviates from its normal narrator then returns, the returning actor changes a few of his mannerisms and pronunciations. Otherwise, I would have given the performance five stars.
The plot deepens, and what was old becomes news again. There are more "hills and valleys" in the story, though, as the different arcs all seem to drag by, until something picks up and becomes interesting or exciting.
Even though this is the last book currently on the Audible market, it is not the end of the series. I am not sure how I missed that, but as the book neared its end, I started to realize there was no way all the different plot arcs could be wrapped up.
I enjoyed this book, but was disappointed that it never seems to come to a head. After finishing this book, my thought is, there must be another book coming because I don't know what the heck happened!
This one was even slower than "Feast". But I did appreciate the character development. I hope Martin is setting the series up for a wild finish.
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