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 love the voice and the characters as Roy portrays them.
I was a little confused when I was listening to the book as it went over stuff from another book as though it was happening in this book.
Yes. Great story.
The other Martin books, The Name of the Wind, but-for me-not the Tolkien books.
Stupid, cartoony voices that make no sense in terms of the author's characterization. The reader just seems pleased with his ability to twist his tongue around. Well educated people sound like yokels and the women sound like the Olive Oil of the old Popeye cartoons. I am really baffled by why, since when he just doesn't do these voices, Dotrice is good.
Complex, Surprises, Dark
I like some of the twists on older characters and how they newly relate to the story.
Roy Doctrice seems to forget what voices he used for certain characters in the last books. I found the other performances almost flawless. But in this book he changes many of the female voices. Basically Arya, Brianne, and Dany all sound the same now. He gives them all the same high-pitched low-class kind of accent. Which works for characters like Shae but NOT for those three. He also changes Little Finger and Samwell. It annoys me that he did the voices so beautifully in the last books but now seems to have memory lapse on which voices are for which characters when narrating this one. He also keeps calling Catelyn Stark, Katelynn. And Joffery, Jeffery.
No, it's far too long to listen to in one sitting.
These books are great. I have been listening to the GOT series for months. I'm sad that I will have to wait for the next book to come out to continue the story.
I just love this whole series! Can't get enough.
Roy Dotrice's performance is lacking some in this book but you get used to it pretty fast.
I would read more books by George RR Martin and read by Roy Dotrice
This book took the series and flung it to far from the central story to keep up with characters that never meet.
Yes because I've gotten this far and I need to finish the thing.
The end was ALMOST worth the whole trial and travail.
He really declined after the 3rd book...I would, but with reservations.
Listen to some non-fiction for a change.
George RR Martin needs an editor and Roy Dotrice needs to redo books 4 and 5 with better voicings.
Yes. The Song of Ice and Fire series are the only books I have read multiple times in my entire life. Roy Dotrice's performance is captivating and spot on.
There are so many deep, rich characters in this series to pick one would seem an injustice, but Tyrion Lannister grabbed my attention since he first wandered Winterfell. Martin is so adept that I find for the first time I enjoy his characters more for their flaws then for their strengths (although often they are the same).
Again, there are so many and Dotrice's performance is so strong that each one really comes to life with his performance. Each character is given their proper due. Even his female voices are solid and thoroughly believable.
Yes, but realistically its sheer volume would make that impossible.
I do not lightly give this series such a glowing review. I am a huge fan of fantasy and have been for more that 30 years. I have read Tolkien, Leiber, Moorcock, Salvatore, Brooks, LeGuin, Feist, Jordan, the list goes on. From the first page of The Game of Thrones I knew I was hooked. And with my discovery of Audible I know get to enjoy even more as I drive. I would go as far as to say, if you only ever read one fantasy series, make it The Song of Ice and Fire. A daunting collection, I know, but well worth it!
The reader, Roy Dotrice
Just when you think you know, you Don't!!
All five of this series and all of them are awesome
I highly recommend this whole series to anyone who loves an epic saga!
I love this series! Dance left me eagerly (and immediately) searching for the release date of the the follow up. I appreciate how events evolve at a good pace, and the reader is not left (for too long) wondering how a new crisis will end.
** SPOILER ALERT**
when Cersei is man-handled by the Septors to a jail cell to repent for her crimes and sins.
see above... oh, and also anything with Tyrion.
can't wait for his next book!
If there were something I could change it would be that Roy would keep the voices the character voices the same between all the books. It seems that the voices have changed dramatically completely different. I really do not understand why this happened you would think that the director and Roy Dotrice should be able to get that correct. I mean its really really important!
Voices were not correct at all not sure its the narrator's fault!
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