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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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What up dog, January 23, 2013 (view all comments by What up dog)
A Dance With Dragons is somewhat of a cliffhanger but keeps the reader looking forward to the next book to come. I wouldn't say it's the best book in the series but it is still very entertaining. Some big things happen in this book but not as big as the first couple in the series. However, the story is much more intriguing than in the 3rd and 4th books.
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Wilfred, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Wilfred)
This fifth installment of the Song of Ice and Fire series continues the epic tale of the people of Westeros and beyond, filling out the already massive world with more characters and plenty of additions to the rich lord Martin has created. Where other authors in the epic fantasy sub-genre may have a map and named countries enough to constitute a supposedly large world, the world of A Song of Ice and Fire actually feels like a vast land rather than just a set of names. The world has a fully fleshed out history, things going on in every corner of it in present day, events on the one side of the continent actually affect those on the other once news travels to them, and other seemingly small things work together to make the world feel real.

World building aside, it is the cast of characters, particularly those which have chapters given from their point of view, that are the main draw of the series. There are no perfect gallant knights, there are no irredeemable villains, the people are not black and white like that. Martin's characters are well written and show a multitude of points along the spectrum of shades of gray, ranging from the well meaning lord who just wants his family to be safe and happy to the greedy bastard who plays with peoples lives as if they are pieces on a chess board to the king slaying, incestuous, child murdering knight who actually isn't that bad of a guy once you get to know him. It sounds ridiculous, I know, but it works. Oh, and if wonderful and disturbing characters weren't enough of a draw, most of the plot revolves around backstabbing political intrigue and war. What's not to love?

The only negative thing I can think to say about this book actually isn't a bad thing: it took far too long to come out. That's it. My one negative is that I had to wait so long to get my hands on the thing. Other than that one little nugget of resentment added to my reading experience, it was absolutely perfect so far as I'm concerned.

I would recommend this book and of course the entire Song of Ice and Fire series to anyone mature enough to handle some adult content (murder and rape and various other atrocities occur in the books) that wishes to read a fantastic novel or five. The genre is fantasy, but those who avoid such need not worry about getting pulled into a land of elves and wizards and such. The traditional fantasy elements are rather light, such that only those with a deep set pathological aversion to all things fantasy might become upset with them. It certainly won't be everyone's cup of tea, but why not give it a shot? You may very well end up like me and find yourself with a new favorite series once you get done with it.
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Kathleen Gabriel, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Kathleen Gabriel)
The suspense and intrigue continue as they have from the beginning of this detailed epic fantasy work. Each character's story is woven in with the others to make a tapestry of betrayal and justice, of love and loss, of horrible happenings that threaten all of society. Yes, the grisly details keep coming, but it's been tolerable, even for me, a fairly squeamish sort. I would recommend getting and reading this book if you've read the first four -- you've got to find out what happens. If you haven't read the first four, then best take care of that first. Be prepared to spend some time at it, because these are enormous books. One tiny thing I've been unhappy with in the 4th book and this one -- they must have shared a line editor. "Wroth" is an adjective, but here it is used as both adjective and in place of the noun "wrath." I'm just nitpicking, I know, but that bothers me every time I see it. The rest of the prose flows wonderfully well. The long sentences are understandable. The style of writing is very Martin, always just right.
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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
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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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