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 book has intrigue and the story lines are engaging overall, but Martin tries too hard to make it an epic. There are long, verbose chapters in which practically nothing happens, and it's all dismal and hopeless for every character.
FANTASTIC, GRRM. should get an Oscar or the highest literary award available, end was kinda FUNNY,That said the use of the word:(Niggerdly ) was a bit offensive ) an unexpected. Outside of that, I truly can't wait for W.O.W,and I hope it picks right where it left off...GREAT SERIES...
the book was great but the readers voices were bizarre and offputting. only after reading other reviews did I realize he had done a fine job in earlier books but switched something up this time around. if true, he needs to go back to any other way but the way he read for this book.
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i need the next book! even though the narrator changed the accent for some characters, which really bothered me for a long time, AND some pronunciations of nanesdid well. and i enjoyed it greatly.
The story and writing is very good, but Roy Dotrice is way off when it comes to many of the voices. He portrays noble families as yokels and have different accents for people of the same families. He has old people slurring and spitting their words so they're almost intelligible. Very annoying.
I can't deal with the voices of the main women. It makes them sound so wimpy. Arya is brutal to listen to and she's one of my favorite characters. Still worth it for they story but I'm glad I read the books first before I experienced the grating girl voices!
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