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Staff Pick

For more than half of a decade, fans of George R. R. Martin's New York Times-bestselling series Song of Ice and Fire have been crazy with anticipation, their minds racing with burning questions and open-ended theories. Days have been spent rereading the first four books and pining for the continuation of what is, arguably, the best fantasy saga since Tolkien's legendary trilogy. And now — finally — with the release of A Dance with Dragons, which picks up where A Feast for Crows left off, a silence will envelope the land, as people all over the world hunker down for a reading marathon of epic proportion. Winter has come, and we couldn't be more pleased.
Recommended by Bree, Powells.com

Even five books into the series A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin is still able to produce a complex and interesting tale. A Dance with Dragons offers what all his books do: an amazingly well-crafted story with interesting and believable characters set in a dark yet realistic fantasy world. One can't help but love even the most despicable characters. I can't say enough about Martin's works. This book was worth the five-year wait. I'd recommend it to anyone, as long as you've read the first four books, which you should (and watch the TV show, too).
Recommended by Hobie, Powells.com

Review-A-Day

"In 2005 I wrote a review of George R. R. Martin's novel, A Feast for Crows, in which I called him 'the American Tolkien.' That phrase has stuck to him, which is what I meant it to do. I think Martin's fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire is the great epic of our era. It's an epic for a more profane, more sardonic, more ambivalent age than the one Tolkien lived in. Tolkien was a veteran of the Somme, and wrote during Word War II, when it really seemed like the fate of civilization was hanging in the balance. Now we can't even agree on what civilization is." Lev Grossman, NPR (Read the entire NPR review)

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Dubbed "the American Tolkien" by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the #1 New York Times bestselling 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 three thousand 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 Night's 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...

Review:

"A few images recur in the enormously complex fifth installment of Martin's massively multicharacter epic: the chess-like game cyvasse, small rivers flowing into larger ones, ships and armies battered by terrible storms. These themes suggest that readers should think strategically, be patient as the story grows, and brace for a beating. Martin's fans, however, are hungry for more action and purpose, their appetites whetted by a six-year wait and the recent HBO adaptation of A Game of Thrones. Dance was originally the second half of 2005's A Feast for Crows, sometimes criticized for shifting from battles and intrigue to slow trudges through war-torn, corpse-littered Westeros. The new volume has a similar feel to Feast and takes place over a similar time frame; Martin keeps it fresh by focusing on popular characters Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, and Jon Snow, all notably absent from the previous book. These three are generally thought the most plausible riders of the titular dragons, but plots within plots abound, and two strong new candidates for those scaly saddles emerge as a powerful enemy threatens Daenerys's captured city of Meereen, Tyrion is kidnapped by slavers, and treachery undermines Jon's command of the undead-battling Night's Watch. More characters are revived than killed off and more peace accords signed than wars declared, but the heart-hammering conclusion hints that the next installment will see a return to the fiery battles and icy terror that earned the series its fanatic following. Even ostensibly disillusioned fans will be caught up in the interweaving stories, especially when Martin drops little hints around long-debated questions such as Jon's parentage. Author tour. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"What's A Song of Ice and Fire? It's the only fantasy series I'd put on a level with J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings....It's a fantasy series for hip, smart people, even those who don't read fantasy." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Reminiscent of T. H. White's The Once and Future King, this novel is an absorbing combination of the mythic, the sweepingly historical, and the intensely personal." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"Martin amply fulfills the first volume's promise and continues what seems destined to be one of the best fantasy series ever written." The Denver Post

Review:

"Riveting...a series whose brilliance continues to dazzle." Patriot News

Review:

"Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best. In fact...this is as good a time as any to proclaim him the American Tolkien." Time

About the Author

George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons. As a writer-producer, he has worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Melissa Porter, October 28, 2014 (view all comments by Melissa Porter)
I devoured this entire series... and now I am going to start over again! George R.R. Martin is adept at making us love his heroes and anti-heroes alike. A Dance with Dragons weaves all of his characters tighter and tighter together into a fabulous tapestry of a world the reader gets tangled up in. A true modern-day Tolkien.
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jayelbeez, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by jayelbeez)
Love love love the whole series. This one left me hanging and I can't wait for the next book! I just hope it doesn't take another 5 years for George R.R. Martin to get it finished!
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Aaron Selhorst, January 29, 2013 (view all comments by Aaron Selhorst)
Great sweeping story! Please survive to finish this series George.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553801477
Author:
Martin, George R. R.
Publisher:
Bantam
Author:
R
Author:
Martin, George R.
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Copyright:
Series:
Song of Ice and Fire
Series Volume:
05
Publication Date:
20110712
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
1040
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.5 x 2.08 in 3.14 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

For more than half of a decade, fans of George R. R. Martin's New York Times-bestselling series Song of Ice and Fire have been crazy with anticipation, their minds racing with burning questions and open-ended theories. Days have been spent rereading the first four books and pining for the continuation of what is, arguably, the best fantasy saga since Tolkien's legendary trilogy. And now — finally — with the release of A Dance with Dragons, which picks up where A Feast for Crows left off, a silence will envelope the land, as people all over the world hunker down for a reading marathon of epic proportion. Winter has come, and we couldn't be more pleased.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Even five books into the series A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin is still able to produce a complex and interesting tale. A Dance with Dragons offers what all his books do: an amazingly well-crafted story with interesting and believable characters set in a dark yet realistic fantasy world. One can't help but love even the most despicable characters. I can't say enough about Martin's works. This book was worth the five-year wait. I'd recommend it to anyone, as long as you've read the first four books, which you should (and watch the TV show, too).

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A few images recur in the enormously complex fifth installment of Martin's massively multicharacter epic: the chess-like game cyvasse, small rivers flowing into larger ones, ships and armies battered by terrible storms. These themes suggest that readers should think strategically, be patient as the story grows, and brace for a beating. Martin's fans, however, are hungry for more action and purpose, their appetites whetted by a six-year wait and the recent HBO adaptation of A Game of Thrones. Dance was originally the second half of 2005's A Feast for Crows, sometimes criticized for shifting from battles and intrigue to slow trudges through war-torn, corpse-littered Westeros. The new volume has a similar feel to Feast and takes place over a similar time frame; Martin keeps it fresh by focusing on popular characters Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, and Jon Snow, all notably absent from the previous book. These three are generally thought the most plausible riders of the titular dragons, but plots within plots abound, and two strong new candidates for those scaly saddles emerge as a powerful enemy threatens Daenerys's captured city of Meereen, Tyrion is kidnapped by slavers, and treachery undermines Jon's command of the undead-battling Night's Watch. More characters are revived than killed off and more peace accords signed than wars declared, but the heart-hammering conclusion hints that the next installment will see a return to the fiery battles and icy terror that earned the series its fanatic following. Even ostensibly disillusioned fans will be caught up in the interweaving stories, especially when Martin drops little hints around long-debated questions such as Jon's parentage. Author tour. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review A Day" by , "In 2005 I wrote a review of George R. R. Martin's novel, A Feast for Crows, in which I called him 'the American Tolkien.' That phrase has stuck to him, which is what I meant it to do. I think Martin's fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire is the great epic of our era. It's an epic for a more profane, more sardonic, more ambivalent age than the one Tolkien lived in. Tolkien was a veteran of the Somme, and wrote during Word War II, when it really seemed like the fate of civilization was hanging in the balance. Now we can't even agree on what civilization is." (Read the entire NPR review)
"Review" by , "What's A Song of Ice and Fire? It's the only fantasy series I'd put on a level with J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings....It's a fantasy series for hip, smart people, even those who don't read fantasy."
"Review" by , "Reminiscent of T. H. White's The Once and Future King, this novel is an absorbing combination of the mythic, the sweepingly historical, and the intensely personal."
"Review" by , "Martin amply fulfills the first volume's promise and continues what seems destined to be one of the best fantasy series ever written."
"Review" by , "Riveting...a series whose brilliance continues to dazzle."
"Review" by , "Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best. In fact...this is as good a time as any to proclaim him the American Tolkien."
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