George RR Martin
Published By: Harper Voyage
Publication Date: July 12, 2011
Date Read: April 20, 2014
Genre: Adult - Fantasy
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.
“I rose too high, loved too hard, dared too much. I tried to grasp a star, overreached, and fell.”
Taking place at the same time as the events in the previous installment of the Song of Ice and Fire series, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons follows out favourite characters in the north and the east. After finishing A Feast for Crows I couldn't wait to get started on this one. Especially since I really missed these characters while listening to it, I was always wondering what was happening to Jon Snow, Theon Greyjoy, Daenerys Targaryen and others so I was very excited to see what they had been up to.
A Dance of Dragons was such an amazing installment of the series filled with action, intrigue and horror. There were so many twists and turns all over the place there were many times where I was going wait what the hell just happened? There were times where I was ecstatic with glee as to what was happening and others where I was so upset and horrified I wanted to stop reading but I couldn't. It's far too addictive.
This installment was told from the point of view of 18 characters and if I didn't watch the TV show and know the characters as well as I do because of that I probably would have got a little bit lost. Having seen the show and listening to the audiobook helped keep up with the different characters. Telling a story from the point of view of 18 characters is no small feat for an audio narrator and must have been a daunting task. However her coped with it superbly. He was amazing and really gave voice and life to each individual character and was able to do justice to all of the different perspectives so my hat goes off to him. A big bravo!
A Dance of Dragons was amazing. It left me hanging and I need to read the next installment like yesterday. I flew through these books and I am very distressed by the fact that the next book has not yet been published. I loved every moment of these five books and I can't wait to read more. For now the TV show will just have to give me my fix of this rather insane obsession I have with this series. If you haven't read these books I urge you to do so immediately.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only once.”