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 focuses on Jon Snow, Tyrion, and Daenarys with some followup on Arya and Cersei. Without Spoiling anything, I can tell you that there seems to be a death of one of the major characters. Of course once I finished it, I wanted more. I hope it doesn't take as long to get the next book out.
I;ve read the entire series, In the early books, Roy Dotrice is magnificent but in this novel, he seems to be limping along. Characterizations so crisp in the earlier books are less clear. Still a good reader, Mr. Dotrice appears to be aging..
Mr, Martin needs to write more quickly if he wants Mr. Dotrice as the reader for subsequent books,
This was another great Ice and Fire book. As always, the story was great. My only gripe is the narrator. I never realized how much better the story was with a different narrator until I hear John Lee narrate book 4. Roy Dotrice does a good job but his character voices are limited and it just seemed to flow better with John Lee.
Great story, I really like this Series, great character development and action. Five star all the way
GRRM is an astonishingly great story-teller, and Roy Dotrice is a theatrical wizard. Together they once again have created a masterpiece!
Roy Dotrice is captivating as a narrator. He's perfect for this setting. It's been so long since Martin's last book in the series that it was good that I went back and listened to Books three and four before I listened to this one; otherwise, I would have been lost. I only hope it doesn't take him as long to produce another.
This author clearly does not like women. If you want to hear women disrespected in a repetitive fashion then maybe you will like this. I was DISGUSTED! The author is no Tolkien.
Yes. I will not be able to continue to purchase this book, audiobook series.
For the money a female performer is needed. But the book is so poorly written it would not help.
No. Martin is no Tolkien. I don't know why people praise this author and compare him to such a great mind. Martin is a terrible writer and with disconnected scenes.
Martin is clearly trying to ride the wave of the success the HBO series. But he needs to know that people are intelligent and can see through this strategy. I wouldn't. Waste another minute and intend to request a refund from audible.com
HAVE TO READ ALL OF THE BOOKS, TO UNDERSTAND AND KEEP UP WITH THE HBO SERIES.
BABY LANISTER BROTHER.
HE HAS LEARNED TO LOOK AT LIFE FROM DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW.
EACH SCENE BUILTS THE STORY LINE.
MAKES ME KEEP LISTENING.
THE STORY MOVES FROM MAGIC TO MYSTERY.
ALWAYS WONDERING WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN !
THE FIRST BOOK WAS MORE INTERESTING THAN THE SECOND BOOK.
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