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A Dance with Dragons (Book 5 of a Song of Ice and Fire): Book 5 of a Song of Ice and Fire | Hardback

Released on 12 July 2011

Author: George R. R. Martin | Format: Hardback

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The long-awaited fifth volume in the greatest epic work of the modern age. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance.

In the east, Daenerys, last scion of House Targaryen, her dragons grown to terrifying maturity, rules as queen of a city built on dust and death, beset by enemies.

Now that her whereabouts are known many are seeking Daenerys and her dragons. Among them the dwarf, Tyrion Lannister, who has escaped King's Landing with a price on his head, wrongfully condemned to death for the murder of his nephew, King Joffrey. But not before killing his hated father, Lord Tywin.

To the north lies the great Wall of ice and stone - a structure only as strong as those guarding it. Eddard Stark's bastard son Jon Snow has been elected the 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, but he has enemies both in the Watch and beyond the Wall, where the wildling armies are massing for an assault.

On all sides bitter conflicts are reigniting, played out by a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves. The tides of destiny will inevitably lead to the greatest dance of all...
'In the grand epic fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best ... tense, surging, insomnia-inflicting' Time Magazine

'An absorbing, exciting read ... Martin's style is so vivid that you will be hooked within a few pages' The Times

'The sheer mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads ...Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias'

'Colossal, staggering ... Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world ... The writing is always powerful ...' SFX

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 A Merry Dance, But Not A Storm

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By the standards of almost all other fantasy writers this novel would be a triumph as it borders in a five star, but George Martin has set the bar high with this series, and this novel falls into the weaker half of the series with A Feast For Crows, Martin sets off slowly bringing us back to some of our favourite characters which we havent seen in too long a time (Jon Snow, Daenerys and Tyrion) as well as some other familiar faces from previous novels, until their is a reveal about a third of the way into the novel in regards to a new challenger for the throne not a lot happens, the pace starts to rise as we combine timelines with those characters from Crows and much more happens in the final 3rd than the other 600/700 pages combined, the novel however finishes on many a cliffhanger and the next novel in the series probably has the best setup of any of them so far so expect greatness in the hopefully not too distant future.

 But one issue, I want more!

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Recently Martin's work has become incredibly popular, for good reason! A Dance with Dragons thus received a lot of hype and it really deserves it!

Written perfectly the book was totally unpredictable yet linear and fitting to saga my only issue is that I wish i could read the rest of the series tomorrow as the book left a lot to be desired, that said it delivered especially well and answered many unanswered questions!

I really enjoyed the book and quite literally could not put it down to the point of obsession, pride of place on my shelf.

 You will not sleep

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I have been a big fan of this series since day one and this book does not disappoint. I could not put it down and had a few days feeling drowsy at work due to it.

Liked the focus on John Snow and the Night Watch, only bad bit is that it ends.

Bring on the next one


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I was able to read upto: and including storm of swords before I had to wait like everyone else for the rest of the series to be written, feast for crows was a long wait between books..and I believe it was a six year wait between the latest book dance with dragons and feast for crows.. Dance with dragons is definitely the slowest of the series, but is still entertaining enough,I liked the story of Theon best, and Jon snow's story was pretty good, Tyrions went at a steady pace, and daenerys was the slowest, some of the chapters of the new characters like Barriston selmy were pretty good... But the way the book ended was a mixture of excitement, confusion and dare I say complication... But a very enjoyable book regardless; and hopefully the series will be completed sooner rather than later, as to not upset fans.. and too (on pain of death) to complete the tv series which is great:- note to George R.R Martin final book should be called 'pain of death'...

 a big let down!

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Having read all the previous books and whey hey-what a fab read they all were :) I was soo ready for this book and Bam! felt it didn't really finish all the loose ends from the previous books, it only touched lightly on the most interesting characters still left in the series. Such as Arya, Catelyn and the last Stark boy and the overseas saga with Dany-very drawn out and quite boring! This book felt padded out, listless, dreary and left you quite unsatisfied. Am unsure whether to wait for the next book or just end it with this book? Very sad.

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AuthorGeorge R. R. Martin
PublisherHarperCollins Publishers (United Kingdom)
FormatHardback - 1040 Pages