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)
Loved it. Roy is amazing, though sometimes i find his pronounciations contrary to my own. His performance of all characters is nothing short of excellent and that of Dolorous Edd Tollet is hilarious and perfectly suits the character. George has developed a world so in depth and detailed it is hard not to lose yourself in it. you can go whole chapters and not have much of anything happen, but then realize that what wasn't much was really setting you up to love a character or to give them more backstory. masterful work all around
At first I didn't realize this book was taking place at the same time as the previous book so I was a bit confused. I also had trouble remembering who all of the characters were. Does the written book have a list of all the players? That would be helpful. Roy's definitely having trouble with the female voices and that's a bit distracting.
The story has really developed in this book. I'm glad I read it, because I believe there will be a lot of characters and action from this book not included in the show. I would say the major downside is that Roy changed the voices he used for characters- really miss the original voicing, which I think was better.
His performance is great with the exception of his "woman" voice. He makes all women sound either mean, irritating, or both. Can't stand the voice he gives Briene. Other than that he's great.
If the story wasn't so amazing and I wasn't so starved for more GRRM, I wouldn't have made it through 2 chapters. The crazy thing is his regular voice and the narrative part is really well read. It's the bloody voices he assigns. I mean what the #%?!!!
I sure hope the next book come out quickly...I already miss the story & characters!
I love the narrator but wish early on that he had recorded a "master" of pronunciations and voices that went with characters...it is distracting trying to figure out who someone is when the reappear after a long absence when their voice & name have changed!
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