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)
No, i like the series of books but Roy Dotrice's reading ruined it for me. He reads Danyerses voice exactly like Tyrion. He cannot at all do a good range of voices. Lots of other narrators do a wonderful range of voices, but not Dotrice
I was disappointed to find that Mr. Dotrice, for whatever reason, seemed to have forgotten or changed the various voices he had been using for characters since the first book. It was jarring that suddenly main characters were depicted with different accents and cadence to their speech. I've had to put it aside for a while so that I could come back to it with fresher ears.
Yes, I enjoy his work but I probably wouldn't read another long series.
Oh absolutely! The story isn't resolved yet :)
Roy is an incredible reader. The story is so well built - the characters are expressed from the inside out - incredible depth - creating incredible visuals for me. Wow.
My god he has endurance. Excellent voice. Perfect for this genre. I think it would be hard to have to come up with the voices for all the characters, - some of the accents (East Indian, French, pirate etc) were a bit too cliche'. But I'll take this over boring reading any day. I understand it may be very hard to follow without variation in the characters voices as the story is rich and deep, and so are the characters.
The narration of Roy Dotrice takes a proverbial shit over his own previous work. Is there any possibility that this could be re-done. I mean book 4 was bad enough and the change painfull enough. But all the changes transform its beautiful pace and rhythm. So sad
Arya, yet the voice Dotrice gives her now seems like a massive accident in a worl deemed for perfection.
He destroyed my grand memories about the characters voices
Well, when winds of winter comes along I dont care anymore about Dotrice's appearance. Bring John along, whatever. Maybe he will remember the voices. Or a full cast deal would be awesome.
Yeah, tell Dotrice that if he wont take the decency of taking his work seriously we fans for sure won' t have the determination to ask for him anymore. An artist is only as required as his last work Roy, dont you ever forget that.
John Snow leading his men
John Snow died... wtf?
and what happens to Aria and the other sister....???
I haven't even listened to the entire book yet.
Changes to character's voices were egregious. Daenerys sounding like a irish troll made me stop listening immediately and come here. I won't listen to the rest.
Hello, My name is Levi Brousseau. I'm on a life long mission to find stories that blow my mind.
Roy did drop the ball on this one. i read a lot of reviews on how bad Roy did. to his defense it was not that bad. mainly voices where mixed up.
This book was not what i expected,story kind of bragged.like it was just thrown together. book 4 an 5 were just kind of a let down. hopefully book 6 makes up for it
If you have preserved through all the previous books, you are like me. You hope something will be resolved before YOU die. But no, characters just die and everyone else???? What happened to Roy Dotrice. He have a big brain fart and forget the voices he used for each character in previous books? I agree with others that I always thought the women sounded like stupid little girls or hags, not royal, purposeful women. What a disappointment! Is Martin really going to write another book and when? I'm sorry but I was hoping for something better.
Love the story and am completely hooked. But the narration is maddening. Many people have commented about the change of character accents from books 1 - 3 to books 4 & 5. How did anyone think that was a good idea??!! In his quest to give every character a different voice/accent, Roy Dotrice goes from absurd to bizarre. In the first three books, at least Arya and Daenerys were voiced somewhat normally. In books 4 & 5 they both become old Scottish women!! Some of the minor characters are almost intelligible as he apparently feels compelled to make everyone sound different by lisping, putting marbles in his mouth, etc. This is such a travesty!!!
First book, Ray Bradbury collection of short stories. First series, Dune. Favorite series, Thomas Covenent
This is truely a 10, but do not like the outcome of my favorite people.
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