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)
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.
Librarian, father, fantasy fool and tech enthusiasts.
When I'we reached book five in anything I feel like it is a review in its self.
Theres no need to sell this book. Either your interested ore not. If you are then good for you! Cos I loved it!
First, for the audio portion, Roy Dotrice RUINS Dany's voice in this. I couldn't listen to those parts. As much as I'd like continuity in my audio throughout a series, I would rather have John Lee continue the series than listen to that voice again. I will not download Dotrice's version of AFFC.
While there were stellar moments in this book and I enjoyed it more than AFFC, I can't give it more than 3.5 stars. Martin pulls the same crap he did in the last book by leaving us dangling with cliffhangers. Ending a book like this just ruins the whole experience for me.
You would think that one would feel better about this book reading resolutions to the Brienne, Cercei, and Arya cliffhangers but instead they just annoy me. Those chapters easily could have been included in AFFC and it would have improved the book. I'm guessing there will be similar chapters tying up the cliffhangers in the North in the next book. Why not include those here?
The first 3 books had climaxes to the story arcs and yet fans still craved for the next books. In these last two books, instead of wondering where people are going or what they are doing next, we're wondering if they will live or die. What if he stopped the first book with Joff's words on the steps of Baelor's sept? What if the second book ended with Stannis's fleet sailing into the Blackwater? Or if the third book ended in the middle of the trial by battle?
The story is strong. There is no need for cheap cliffhangers. It is known.
Excellent, leaves you wanting more
I was originally introduced to Roy Dotrice while reading Wheel of Time series and have always compared them in my mind. For me the similarity lies in the ability to create several cultures and subplots that are independent of, yet effected by the others.
He does them all well. Jaqen H'ghar I loved well. I was compelled to look up Roy Dotrice and found that he is talented actor.
There are several books happening within the book. It's like trying to pick a favorite child.
I hope Roy Dotrice doesn't screw around like Jean Auel did for thirty years and end up losing much of his following. Of course, if he does take that long, I hope it's worth waiting for. Roy, tell us what you would have us read while we wait.
It took me six months to read Dance With Dragons. It started slowly, ever so slowly. We trudged here and there with Tirian as he passed from wine barrel to luxury to a boat ride with some strange characters to imprisonment and on and on. I just could not maintain the proper attention span to read this book continuously. Yet I was so invested in the series (A Song Of Ice and Fire) that I kept reading. I was rewarded, though the book dragged once again in the chapter dealing with Denaries. The book is filled with surprises and misdirection and picks up a lot of the loose pieces left in other series books (the young Stark girl, young brother Bran, the female knight who was hung but may not have died permanently and so on). Martin's story-telling is superb at times, though the "dance" drags at other times. Throughout, though, he's remarkably innovative in his fantasy creations and thorough in character development. He has a true villain in Ramsey Bolton, who is far more cruel and uncaring about others than even Searcey could ever hope to be. Dance ends strongly, in my opinion, with Denaries poised to return to center stage and with continued military and political machinations still roiling the land in Westrus. I think Dance is only a 4, despite its numerous strengths. I do, however, look forward to
book Six in the series.
Audible reversed the last two segments of the download. Hard to catch, given how choppy the book is generally. Make sure you reverse them.
Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.
This was spliced out of the last book you find yourself being bounced around to things that happened in the beginning of A Feast for Crows waaaaayyyyy frustrating ......
That said. I am dying you can't leave me hanging!!!!
This book answers so many questions and asks so many more! I love it and hate it. There are to many ends and beginnings "off stage" and I feel disarranged in the story now. The story is still George RR Martin though meaning still very good.
Up to this point, I have enjoyed the series. I even liked John Lee as narrator. I figured that if I listened to
I would not want a different narrator. I would just like Roy to listen to the books he narrated.
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