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 loved the book but I must admit it was lengthy. It took me over a month to finish but well worth it.
I recommend it to friends.
It is a fantastic story though some parts drag on a bit. The characters are well written, complex and realistic.
So many great options, but if forced to choose, I might choose the Hound. His complex past, his love and hate relationship with children and himself and the child within himself.
All were good. Maybe Peter Balish.
The books all make me angry. It is no great spoiler to say that you will meet characters you love and then they will die or worse. If you are going to read these books, then spread them out as I found while reading them I was moody and short tempered.
I look down at my Audible player and see that I have 3 hours left in the book. Immediately I wonder how he will ever wrap up some of the loose ends before the end.
Let's just say this... He already sold me the next book... Now the waiting...
make her sound like a young queen.... was seeing a boil on her face every time she spoke....need I say more.
loved the story and the performance was exceptional like in the previous 4 books.
No one real moment stands out as exceptional over the course of the book as it was all excellent.
highly recommended to all fans of GOT and fantasy.
A different narrator
A different reader, this was difficult to listen to
Book would probably be better if it was read silently, I drifted alot
It was a good book! I just wished the Roy Dotrice's pacing was better. Throughout some of the chapters there are long pauses and breaks. It's probably an editing issue. Other than that his voice is perfect for narrating thses books. Hopefully he will be narrating the last one, to two books!
love the story and for the most part the narrator is fantastic. my one complaint is that I have all five volumes and the narrator tends to change the "voice" of many characters from one book to the next. a small gripe but annoying none the less
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