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)
I read the first four books on my nook. It took over a year because I'd put it down for a few weeks and then go back to it. There are just so many characters! (I've never watched the HBO show but I want to now.). I enjoyed the audiobook so much more. I'm very much looking forward to the next book.
It's hard to review such a popular series, even more so because it's still unfinished, but as I have read all five, and am definitely going to read the last two, it's definitely good enough.
So why am I writing this review?
Roy Dotrice's performance, which fleas been a total fiasco. Trying to make different voices for every character in a books series renowned to have way too many characters, resulting in most of them sounding the same; trying to make different foreign accents for imagined countries and cultures, with the same result. He got one thing right though, in the first book: The old, ugly, evil, toothless, foreign maegi. And when he got that one going so well, he used them for all female voices: The old, ugly, evil, toothless, foreign Cercei, The old, ugly, evil, toothless, foreign Daenerys, The old, ugly, evil, toothless, foreign Arya. A disgrace.
Had this been my first meeting with Audible, it would have been the last too.
Fortunately, I've now heard 70++ Audible books til now, and all of the readings have been a pleasure, so I won't give up on Audible as yet.
I really hope they record these books again with a different narrator. Besides that this is my favorite series and I highly recommend it.
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