A Dance With Dragons

A Dance With Dragons

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * THE BOOK BEHIND THE FIFTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES

Don't miss the thrilling sneak peek of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Six, The Winds of Winter

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 landmark series--as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

A DANCE WITH DRAGONS
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK FIVE

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.

Praise for A Dance with Dragons

"Filled with vividly rendered set pieces, unexpected turnings, assorted cliffhangers and moments of appalling cruelty, A Dance with Dragons is epic fantasy as it should be written: passionate, compelling, convincingly detailed and thoroughly imagined." -- The Washington Post

"Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers." --The New York Times

"One of the best series in the history of fantasy." --Los Angeles Times




From the Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2011
ISBN: 9780553905656
Characteristics: 1 online resource ; 1016 pages : maps.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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BrandonBlanchard
Aug 18, 2017

Back in good form, A Dance With Dragons bridges the story in Essos with Westeros, which is covered by the show up to Season 5.

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isaachar
Feb 09, 2017

ADWD is a great 'twin' to Feast of Crows, since the both take place at roughly the same time. The story in the books is vastly superior to the TV show in every way. My only problem with the book series at this point is that the author has taken so long to write the last two volumes that the book won't be able to garner the hype it used to. Sure, the character plots and the cast may be different, but the overall story remains the same. The big cliffhangers at the end of this book and Feast of Crows have long since been answered by the show. Reading about them in the next book won't bring the kind of surprise or elation that they otherwise would have. And that sums up my main problem with the books. The slow writing pace puts the books in danger of being reflections of the TV show, rather than the show being a reflection of the books. At this rate, GOT will end before the last 2 chapters of the book stories are ever released, and that would be a shame. The editors who worked on 'The World of Ice and Fire' with Martin did a great job. It would be great if the author allowed them to do some of the footwork to get the story finished earlier. He's said he would never do that, but minds, like release dates, can change.

Oh well, there is nothing anyone can do about it but watch the show, read the short stories and wait around for it to end.

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egieman
Oct 22, 2016

This was such a great follow up to Feast for Crows. It further expands the world that George crafted and takes the story beyond the shores of Westeros. Feast for Crows was the perfect calm after the climax that was "Storm of Swords" and now this title restarts the epic cycle of adventure, mystery and fantasy; just like the original Game of Thrones.

After the disappointment that was A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons replies with the same great writing as seen in the first 3 books. Don't be put off by A Feast for Crows! A Dance with Dragons is a must-read, very enjoyable book. Can't wait for The Winds of Winter!

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jwhippy
Aug 05, 2016

#5

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jared15
Jul 22, 2016

Let me just say that all of George R.R. Martin's books are fantastic, but this one exceeds all others. My only concern is that he won't be able to completely finish the series. New characters are introduced and no one gets anything done. I just don't see how he will wrap everything up in all the books to come.

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Nymeria23
Jun 10, 2016

Spoiler alert! Another amazing installation to the Song of Ice and Fire series! These books are not only incredible, but also grabbing my attention more and more! It did indeed take me a while to read this book (eleven months on the dot in fact), but it is such a good book with great characters and a captivating storyline. It's so hard to put down the works of Mr. Martin, and now that I've finished this one and the release date for Winds of Winter STILL hasn't come out yet, I'm super excited (especially since I still have show!)
Ugh so good! Guess I'm going to have to scavenge for other things to keep me distracted while I wait for the next book. Hopefully it comes out soon!

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ThomO1949
Apr 21, 2016

Yawn.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 22, 2015

George R.R. Martin gives a lot to his readers, but also tests their patience. It's been nearly 20 years since he first published "Game of Thrones," the first in the sprawling "Song of Ice and Fire" series, which will run 7 volumes when done and no doubt stand as the definitive fantasy saga of our time. "A Dance with Dragons" is book five and the most recent (as of this writing). Fans of the books will know that the action takes place simultaneously with "A Feast for Crows," which many found frustrating as key figures like Jon Snow, Tyrion, and Daaneyrs were absent. They're all present in "Dragons," which now stands as the longest of the books. One does have the sense that Martin can't stop adding to his fully realized world and when he gets stuck with the plot, just comes up with new characters with catchy names (he's the Dickens of fantasy) and elaborate backstories. All that to say, the plot frequently gets stalled and the book can be a bit of a slog, especially since he seems reluctant to resolve the many stories he's set up so deftly. Even the most patient reader will find themselves asking questions like: "Will the Starks ever be reunited?" "Will Daeneyrs ever attack King's Landing?" "What are the White Walkers waiting for?" and "When is winter coming again?" Still, faults and all, there's nothing else quite like "Song of Fire and Ice" and we can only hope he is able to finish the series with half as much imagination, skill, and blood as he began it. "The last one was a bitch. This one was three bitches and a bastard."-Martin

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Helma4Ruth
Oct 07, 2015

These books are fascinating.
My concern with only two or three books left in the series, George is still introducing amazing characters we care about. The books are expanding not coming together. Are the Others and the White Walkers the same? So many questions so few answers. Of course this is what George does. Then at the eleventh hour everything crashes together and makes sense.
One criticism is some parts of the book move very slowly.
Everything can be forgiven if he brings the Hound back. This was the worst thing about book five, no Sandor Clegane.

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jared15
Jul 22, 2016

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one."

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DaveOlshaski
Jul 07, 2015

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

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jimg2000
Apr 22, 2014

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.

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jimg2000
Apr 22, 2014

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?

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jimg2000
Apr 14, 2014

... 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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Jul 31, 2012

Words are wind.

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