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)
It's like eating a delicious meal. You don't want it to end. You can get lost. I found myself continually referring to Wikipedia to keep track of who was related to who. Still it's well worth the time invested. A great listen. Roy Dotrice is masterful! The best performance by narrator I have ever heard. Can't wait for the next book.
As always, Martin includes some interesting twists and turns. Hard to imagine how he will bring the story to a close in the next book, but can't wait for it to come out.
Roy Dotrice is the perfect man for ASOIAF. This is his most error riddled performance, but if you've been listening from book 1 you know enough of his style that it's easy to ignore and forgive. Other than that, sit back and let the most talented grandfather in all the realms tell you a harrowing tale.
The book went into a lot of detail that could be classed as padding. With the series unfinished, however, it may yet be revealed that those details were necessary. They characters are old friends now and I can't wait to have and end to the saga. Like many though, I want to hire body guards and personal trainers for George R. R. To keep him alive long enough to finish this beast. Somebody had better take notes for the resolution to his story lines in the event of the unthinkable.
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