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)
Once again, Roy Dotrice has blown it with a bunch of character voices and names. The most frightening voice change was Melisandre. She went from a creepy woman to 10 year old Scottish boy. Daenerys was also a shocker in the voice department. I really wish he had the professionality to go back and listen to the voices he had done in the first 3 books. That said, I do hope Winds of Winter is out before Dotrice dies. He is 90, probably hanging by a thread, but I can't picture another voiceover guy doing these books. Outside of the naration complaints, the material itself is significantly better than A Feast for Crows, which I found rather dull. I really enjoyed it, I don't think he will ever top A Storm of Swords, which was amazing, but this was very good and actually helped make a Feast for Crows better as the two books intertwine for a good chunk anyway.
He brought the characters to life. Some of the voices he used made me laugh out loud.
No way, this book took me months to finish.
I rarely give up on a book, but I simply could not finish listening to this one. I will not finish listening to this series.
I might try reading the book at some distant date. I like the story line, although I am finding it difficult to keep track of all the characters, old and new.
It was the narrator's attempt at different character voices that finally did me in. All the men sounded ignorant, all the women sound like they come from the gutter.
I loved the previous epic novels in the Game series but this one left me cold. Could not get into it. After several failed attempts to listen and become engaged in the novel, I gave up.
Excellent performance. He adds another dimension to the story and characters.
Didn't finish it. I new the ending already. This was because book 4 and 5 where reversed in sequence.
He changes to voices of the characters from book to book
No. Too long
I think this should be book 4 and book 4 should be book 5. The story regressed. Very annoying.
ya, how about an ending!!!
Yes but only because I have a sense of humor … and want to here about there feelings on the non ending ending.
My guess is HBO will write my favorite scene, this book jumps all over the place with no sceans even reaching a mini conclusion on its many ongoing mini events. Why it was called dance with dragons is another mystery hinted at but not in the story as told.
not really, to many words, to little story
I enjoyed the earlier books in this series… not this one.
This was one series of disappointments. I can't believe I spent months on these books. A lifeless and talentless ending cheaply done. Roy Dotrice makes every character sound like an old man. I give it one star only because of its length. Yuck!
This was my second favorite book of the series! Contains all of my favorite characters!
Roy is pure genius!
About the same. I listened because I don't have time to read the series.
There were many..
The charters voices were all the same!
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