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)
If you love Robert Jordan or Terry goodkind or anybody of that caliber then you have to read this. But be warned these books are dark fantasy and the things that happen in them are not good things.
Excellent as always. Roy is perfect for this and thanks to Random House for listening to your customers and bringing him back!!!
Listen to the series it will be worth the investment of your time and money.
I was so happy to hear Roy Dotrice was back for this book. John Lee made book 4 a bit boring. Book 5 is much better and we get to hear about the storylines I am most intrested in anyways.
I was thrilled to see Roy Dotrice would be narrating Book 5, as another narrator spoke Book 4 and it was so jolting a difference (you could hardly distinguish one character's voice from another) that I couldn't finish the audiobook and picked up a hard copy. It was like slipping on my favorite pair of old shoes to hear Dotrice again, but sadly he has significantly changed key character's voices from Books 1-3. Daenerys Targaryen now sounds like a Scottish tavern wench, and Melisandre's voice is completely different, even changing within the same dialogue. Its hard to believe someone didn't help Dotrice with continuity from books 1-3. Bizarre. All that said, the content is magnificent and Dotrice is "hands down" the best narrator alive.
George R. R. Martin is a wordsmith and storyteller that has few equals now or in history. His Iron throne kingdom is an empire full of unusual, deceitful, traitorous, hateful, cruel, loving, kind, intelligent, stupid people. By now you get the idea, it is kind of like today, but a long time ago. I had really hoped that book five would wrap up so many stories like Aria Stark, the kingslayer, the dwarf, Circe and finally John Snow the bastard, and while some met there end most are waiting on another book, so I will too. Regretfully another couple of years methinks.
That the chapters in the audiobook was the same as the chapters in the print edition. As it is now, they are totally random.
Description of the characters.
No, this is the first
I would have the chapters follow the original. And I would not allow clifhangers that are not solved til 500 pages later!
Random chapterstops in the audio is especially irritating as whispersync is not yet awailable.
So by the time you get to the end of this book you get the sense that Martin is just milking this thing now. Almost everyone has been killed off, and a slew of new uninteresting characters introduced. We have barely gotten to winter and its just a lot of formulaic repetitive stuff. I was struggling to listen to this all the way through to the end. I imagine there will be ten more books like this meandering their way to some sort of random conclusion that ends with Martin selling extra books.
I really liked the story to begin with but the level of milking is just beyond belief here.
Secondly, I found it very jarring that the accents used by different characters changed at some point, probably around the third book. I think the narrator is very good, I only subtracted points because of this change -- it was especially jarring with Aria.
Anyway, from this point on, I have enough interest in the story to read summaries in the future, but I'm done with actually listening to it.
He needs to work on the female voice inflections
Lots of convolutions. As if paid by the word. Yes, the writing is very descriptive. But obviously set out from the beginning to get from one point to another book. So much fluff and new characters that I didn't need to know. Not to mention that with ALL the characters it was like trying to follow a dandelion seed in a snowstorm as often as the story changed perspective. Unfortunately can't get my time back and doubt it'll be worth listening to the next book regardless of the ratings...
I want an ending - to something. He starts so many different scenarios, why couldn't at least ONE of them end.
I was disappointed that Dany never made it Kings Landing. I had looked forward to that moment through all the books.
At this point, I don't know. I was so addicted to Game of Thrones I had to buy the books because I couldn't wait until each season to find out what happens.
All of the above. Anger, sadness and disappointment. If this was the authors plan it was achieved.
I'm not aware of any additional books in this series - is there to be another or was this one actually the last.
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