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)
Deeply simple, that's me. My preferences gravitate to stories that offer chances to reflect. However, don't give me a lot of sugar coating.
I own the entire Ice and Fire series in its audio version as well as its hard back book version. I have read it and listened to it all in its entirety, some of it more than twice. The only question I have is, when are we going to have book six available for our reading consumption. I do love this story, and this book as a part thereof, but I am finding myself a bit irritated at Mr. Martin for making us wait this long for the next part, as the television series just does not soothe the itch for the real thing.
After the dulls of book 4 this has been such a wonderful rebound. There are so many twists and turns that you just can't put it down. Can't wait for book 6!
Hard not to listen every chance you get. The best reader of all I've experienced. Having seen the series as well greatly enhances the story as faces go with many names though the book has many more stories than the HBO series.
As with the pervious titles this installment was engrossing and as deep as the wall is tall. If only Roy would remember character names correctly and the voices he's created for them.
Roy did a great job reading this story, however it did seem that he forgot what some of his characters sounded like from time to time. some characters were unrecognizable from earlier installments. otherwise, a very enjoyable experience.
The second half of the book picks up, but the first half is very slow, with overly detailed passages (Do I need to know what color each doublet is of every character in the book? Do I need to know what each plate in the 4 course meal is? The answer is no. Get to Daenerys! ) Shows the steady decline in writing since books 1,2 +3, which were captivating and exciting! Hope book 6 can recapture that excitement!
Roy Dotrice could stand to be a little more consistent with his character voices and accents. I understand it's hard with so many characters but it gets confusing sometimes.
The only thing that bothered me about this book was how the narrator does not use th same voices for the characters as he has for the other books. I wish he would have went back and listened to how he portrayed them because when they all of a sudden have accents and speak differently it can get alittle frustrating. Other than that I love this book and all the others in this series.
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