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)
Definitely better than the 4th, but really slow moving plot. Worth listening to with some great narration, but I'm not sure I'd have enjoyed taking the time to read it.
Hopefully the next book is better than these last two.
I love how he reads
I have received my other books 1-4 from others places and this is the first one I have gotten from this site. I do not like the fact that the chapters do not have visible titles, they only have chapter 1, 2, 3 and so on when I have these books on other apps they show the name of the chapters for instances Jamie>jamie1 and so on .
Royce is a great narrator. Sometimes grammar can be lost in audio but not with him. He has voices for every character and you know if they are speaking or thinking. George RR Martin...I loved and hated you as I finished the last chapter. You make me fall in love with characters and then you rip them away from me. Hurry up and finish the next book old man.
As good as the rest. Yeah, lots of the voices sound the same. It's one guy doing it, though. Sure I wish half the characters didn't sound like pirates, but you get used to it.
Really really good, however I think George R.R. Martin even killed me in this book. The story is beautiful, the writing is flawless, and the narrator, Roy Dotrice, is amazing in every character he plays.
GRRM may be burning out. The story dragged on to nowhere, I felt. Very little movement in this one, unfortunately. And Roy really let the listeners down with his poor depiction of Dany. And Jon. And Arya. Every Lannister sounded the same: man, woman, imp, it made no matter. Oh well. I'll still read/listen to the next one. Cheers.
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