A Dance With Dragons

Martin, George R. R.

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Dance With Dragons
"In the aftermath of a colossal battle, Daenerys Targaryen rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way east--with new allies who may not be the ragtag band they seem. And in the frozen north, Jon Snow confronts creatures from beyond the Wall of ice and stone, and powerful foes from within the Night's Watch. In a time of rising relentlessness, the tides of destiny and politics lead a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, to the greatest dance of all."--Page [4] of cover.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2013
Edition: Bantam Books mass market edition.
ISBN: 0553582011
Characteristics: 1123 pages :,maps ;,18 cm.


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Mar 18, 2015
  • Dtrasler rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really, really wanted to read this book again, in the faint hope that George RR Martin might actually produce the next book before he (or I) dies of old age.
But it's been too long since I read book five, and not long enough since I saw Season Four on tv. I can't keep everyone straight - who they are and where they've been, and whether they're dead or alive. Some of them, after all, are both.
But why am I telling you all this? If you read book five, you'll read book six, and if you leave it late enough, there might be a book seven for you to read after that.

Nov 24, 2014
  • Persnickety77 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this one has a devilish cliffhanger!

Oct 28, 2014
  • brdulaney rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Love all 5 books from the Song of Ice & Fire. Spellbinding looked forward to reading every available minute

Sep 08, 2014
  • evelcox rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved thies book(5 stars!!) and I hope the next 2 are even better.

Aug 04, 2014
  • mratzel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is my second time reading this book...yes all 1000 pages. I just can't wait for the next book to come out and I don't imagine it will happen for a while.

I miss the characters when there isn't a book to read.

Jun 06, 2014
  • danielestes rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The critics say A Dance with Dragons is vastly more satisfying than its predecessor. I call bull****. Feast for Crows wasn't great, but this one is barely any better. I cannot imagine fans waiting the six years between books 4 and 5 only to be rewarded with this tiresome heap. Sure a few of the more interesting characters are featured, but their story lines are tedious compared with the earlier books. Preserving Crows and Dragons as a single book, which was the author's original intention, would have prevented so many problems. All the extraneous standing around and chattering, gone. While we're at it, let's get rid of all the unnecessary characters too. Gawd I hope Martin has a plan for these little side plots. A Dance with Dragons does end on a relatively strong note—not great, but stronger than the 600+ pages preceding it—and that's saying a lot because I was ready to say goodbye to Westeros for good. Hopefully Martin has everyone carefully positioned to drive this story home in the final two books because I don't have the patience for any more meandering. Still, I fear that even with a superior series ending, A Song of Ice and Fire has already suffered irreparable damage.

May 15, 2014
  • LT rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The obligatory cliffhangers began to seem rather precious early on in the book. Possibly Martin spends less time with editors than he should because he has been so successful. Certainly, his narrative meanders at times. Gratuitous violence--especially sexual violence--everywhere you look, possibly a hangover from Martin's career as a TV writer. Disappointing after the brisk pace of A Feast for Crows. Watch out for the spoiler from TSV00 below. Paperback edition has tiny print and is really hard to hold and keep open, because the book is so long.

May 02, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Hard not to chase the Game of Thrones story. Suggest to read in eBook as the print version is heavy even in its dense paper back version. Unfortunately the next book of the series, winds of winter, has yet to be written!

Apr 19, 2014
  • TSV00 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book because this story is not sugar coated like some fantasy novels. The good guy does not always win. An example of this is Jon Snow as he gets stabbed by his brothers in the Night s Watch for making an uneasy alliance with the Wildlings to protect them from the White Walkers. This makes the story really intriguing and adds a lot of emotion to the story. It makes you want to keep reading because you never know whats going to happen next. I also enjoy how descriptive it is with character and location. It makes the image really clear in my head. It makes all the characters and locations have really unique traits. If you like Medieval fantasy books I highly recommend this series.

Feb 06, 2014
  • pagetraveler rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

** spoiler alert ** About fifty pages from the end, I vowed to never read another book by George R.R. Martin. His sadistic need to kill the people I love had gotten to be too much. Forty-five pages later, he had me back. These are the kinds of emotional roller coasters and mind games that are frequent in his books. Beware.

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Apr 22, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

What does Stannis offer you? Vengeance for my sons and yours, for your husbands and your fathers and your brothers.Vengeance for your murdered lord, your murdered king, your butchered prince. Vengeance! --- The best calumnies are spiced with truth. --- In my Seven Kingdoms, knights go on quests to prove themselves worthy of the maiden that they love. They seek for magic swords, for chests of gold, for crowns stolen from a dragon's hoard.

Apr 22, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Many good men have been bad kings, Maester Aemon used to say, and some bad men have been good kings. --- Meereen is a free city of free men. A poor city that once was rich. A hungry city hat once was fat. A bloody city that once was peaceful. ---- "Courage?" Ser Barristan lashed out. "Her Grace freed you from your chains. It is for you to sharpen your swords and defend your own freedom when she leaves." --- You haggle like a crone with a codfish, Lord Snow. Did Ned Stark father you \on some fishwife?

Apr 14, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

... But both of them were dead and burned. Gone into the trees and streams, gone into the rocks and earth. Gone to dirt and ashes. That was what the woods witch told his mother, the day Bump (Lump’s brother) died. Lump did not want to be a clod of earth ...

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