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)
This book, as all of them, was full of intrigue and deception, love and loss, champions and cravens. The frustration I feel at the lack of resolution to ANY of the story lines is tempered by the knowledge that I have yet another book to look forward to that will commandeer my every waking moment until I have devoured it.
Unfortunately, the narrator was almost enough to turn me away entirely. Although he has a lovely voice and accent when reading, any time a female spoke he elected to try to sound like a woman. This resulted in Daenerys sounding EXACTLY like a twisted little leprechaun crossed with an old hag witch! And Melisandre sounded sounded like the same leprechaun who sometimes had a French accent. It was so absurdly horrible I almost completely stopped listening!!! The only thing that kept me going was the knowledge of how much I wanted to finish this book and don't have time to sit and actually read it as I did the first four. Please, please, PLEASE do not continue to use this narrator, or at least require he not do any female voices other than old hags!!!!!!! I can't take another books worth...I just won't!!!
Deeply weaved story. Not crazy about the changing chapter names in this volume. Liked consistent names of earlier volumes. Allow some plot lines to come to a successful end. Narrator's performance was good but better in earlier volumes as well. Overall, well done.
After being greatly disappointed with the performance of the fourth book I read the reviews of the fifth and figured I was in for a stinker but I was pleasantly surprised , sure daenaries voice sounds a bit like a wheezy old grandma but who cares ! It didn't bother me one bit . Roy dotrice did a great job and it's back to its best , loved it !
I greatly enjoyed this book the story telling is quite good. If you enjoy writing about the complexity of people and magic this is the book for you.
Well, it was a lot better than book 4, we're at least back to the main characters. There is a lot of retread of story from book 4 even though they were split in half geographically instead of timeline (seriously, where was the editor). It ended well leaving me wanting more so it did its job.
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