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)
This book was a little slow to start and this book and book 4 overlap in many places. But definitely true to the Song of Ice and Fire. It leaves many open questions making it hard to wait for the next book.
Definitely better than book 4.
This series overall is the BEST i have ever read.
Aria. You gotta wonder her is character is going and who she is going to become and what repayment she is going to give to the Lanisters.
Would have been nice if Roy Doctrice had relistened to his characters voices and enunciations of their names.
Many characters had different voices from previous books.
He pronounes BREANNE before and now it sounded like BRIAN.
The Red woman sounds completely different than before.
Overall it was good reading though.
A great story with lots of twists and turns.
One of Tolkin's works.
No. In the first three books he was outstanding in giving each character a unique voice of his/her own. In the fourth book and this book all the characters sounded the same, their voices had changed. This was very confusing and made the listen not as enjoyable.
Tell Roy Dotrice to listen to the voices he used for the characters in the first three books before narating the next book.
Roy Dotrice is my favorite reader on Audible so far. He really brings the characters to life. YOu don;t just get a reading of the material, you get a true performance from a master story teller.
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In Book 4 of SOIAF (Feast for Crows), Roy Dotrice was a little off on his character voices but in this Book 5, thankfully he is back! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this reading as every twist and revelation was exciting and made even more so due to the author's vivid and often times graphic details.
The SOIAF is an amazing story all around and this Book 5 is happily more of the same. I am a fan of the many, highly-detailed, larger-than-life characters, locations and magical creatures/elements of George R.R. Martin's world. Daenerys remains one of my favorite characters and her dragons...well, they are sure to quench any fantasy seeker's thirst. It is more than obvious George R.R. Martin is a genius author and master storyteller.
No, the narration is a bit tedious. I imagine it is difficult finding a voice for so many characters, but eventually they become typecast and begin to sound alike. Unfortunate, because it takes away from the story.
Denares is a strong character from the beginning, even when she is a simple slave. She remains strong and resilient as a sought after queen with dragons in this book.
Yes, for sure. I already went back through and listened to the other books again. The content is fantasy noire on a grand stage, and when Dotrice fleshes it out in his amazing vocals, I can't help but be enthralled.
All the scenes involving the Knights of the Watch. Love them!
When he reads, it's like I'm sitting around a campfire in the middle of a scary forrest listening to an old, grizzled elder recite the stories of the tribe. I don't even remotely get that when I read a text.
I'm a 31 year old software guy with a degree in History with 3 hour round trip commute to work every day... You know I'm listening to as many books as I can! :)
Seriously? All of it! This book is HUGE! But Dotrice keeps it interesting and the plot thickens so much in this book!!! READ IT!!!!!
Yes, all of this series. Not as good to be honest. He changed the voices of a couple of main characters not only from all the other books, but half way through this one as well. With that being said, I would listen to NO ONE ELSE tell these tails. He's juggling 30 something characters! He really makes these books for me. I hope that he gets into reading other stories.
No, but I enjoyed every minute of it.
I can’t say I have ever been a big book on tape guy, but now with all the traveling I do, I’m really into it! This was one of my first series and I think it will be hard to beat! Get into these books, and if you know of any other amazing series please let me know!
I Like scifi-fantasy,non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Stormlight Archive, GoT, Ken Follett's work. Last read: Words of Radiance
First 80 percent of the book is really slow and moves at crawling speed. GRRM is excellent at what he does but with this book being the biggest, it just felt like forever. The last 15% does pick up good speed and cover a lot of characters but still not good enough to cover up for the slow beginnings.
The series was going great for the first 3 books and then it started going downhill. And this book takes it further down. Still better than a lot of fantasy books i have read. I expect wonders in the next installment considering the climax in this book.
I highly recommend it for people waiting for redemption from characters that seem to get away every time, so definitely worth a read if you have come so far. Roy Dotrice seems to not carry the same voice over from his earlier books he gave to every character, but that pinch feels only for a few chapters and then you get over it.
So i started reading this series thinking this might be the next Wheel of Time. My friends said this book was gritty. The characters were quite developed and almost real. Ends up, this book is gritty and real.....boring. A lot of talking to other people, people dying, and beyond that not much happening. This book is sensationalism at its best.....or is it worst. "Ohhh a author that kills off characters. It must be good."
I would not recommend this. Get something worthwhile like "King Killer Chronicles" or "Wheel of Time" series.
In fairness to Mr Dotrice. the first three volumes with their 500+ characters were recorded at the end of 2003. Books IV and V were recorded eight years later. A huge undertaking for any narrator, as most novels have 20 or less characters.
I hope I am as vigorous and still able to work as well as Mr Dotrice when I am 90 years old. It does take a moment to reacquaint to the series, but it is not as severe as some protest.
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