Title: A Dance with Dragons
Author: George R. R. Martin
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire
Previous Books in the Series:
1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. A Storm of Swords
4. A Feast for Crows
Date Started: November 19
Date Finished: December 2
Format: Mass Trade Paperback from my own shelf
In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance—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 thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.
Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys’s claim to Westeros forever. Meanwhile, 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 Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.
From all corners, bitter conflicts 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.
Before I start this review, can we just take a moment to appreciate this colossal accomplishment? In four months (January, September, October, November) I read all five published volumes of this series. Let me pat myself on the pack…and now. Look, I liked book 4 and when I read Martin’s note to preface this novel, I was expecting a parallel of events. But I was NOT expecting to be bored practically to tears. Other than Daenerys and the occasional Cersei chapter that were thrown in, I could have honestly dealt without this book. There were too many jumps between characters. And the events that each chapter dealt with were numbingly boring.
I’m confused with the character of Jon Snow, for many reasons, one of which being how he went from being Lord Commander to being obsessed with revenge and now he’s?? Notice the ? because that was another thing. Characters you thought were dead, aren’t freaking dead. Last book it was Catelyn. This book it’s Lady Brienne and Theon Greyjoy. Which by the way pissed me off. This guy went from being Reek to many other names before he claimed the name and met his sister again. Instead of dealing with Winterfell and that crapload with King Stannis, I would have liked to see what was going on with lady Brienne and Jaime! But of course, the one moment I want to see King Stannis – is he dead, I mean really? – the book ends. Agh.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. There is only so far the mystique of dragons could take this book. And unfortunately it was not 1052 pages worthy. I’m curious to see what Daenerys is up to now. And Jon Snow. And Cersei who seemed to be humbled. Especially with that epilogue twist. So…when is Winds of Winter coming out?
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