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A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) (original 2011; edition 2011)

by George R.R. Martin

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Title:A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5)
Authors:George R.R. Martin
Info:Bantam Books (2011), Hardcover, 704 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:Read in 2012

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A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (2011)

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Dance serves as a companion volume to A Feast for Crows, with events here focusing on characters in the North and in Essos. This is another behemoth like A Storm of Swords, but lacks the better pacing of the earlier book. Part of the problem here is that the book follows multiple stories and characters at once, with some stronger than others.

Much of the book revolves around Daenerys Targaryen and her efforts to bring peace to the former slave city of Meereen, while also dealing with her increasing wild dragons. This is not a bad plotline in itself; however, multiple subplots involve characters seeking to wed Daenerys for their own ends, and the parts tend to drag as a result.

The northern half of Westeros is a second focal point, as Stannis Baratheon vies for power with Roose Bolton and his allies. Jon Snow, meanwhile, has assumed a position as Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, but is often over his head trying to deal with both the power struggle as well as the influx of wildlings coming over the Wall.

Tyrion has a decent role here as well, and his chapters in Essos are some of the strongest. Tyrion’s journey down the Rhoyne river expand the history of the novels in a very interesting way, and one of the creepiest scenes involves passage through an ancient ruin that serves as a kind of leper colony. There’s also a potential game changer introduced in one of Tyrion’s travel companions, who may have a very strong claim to throne of Westeros.

Bran and Arya show up occasionally as well, but only briefly. Both Stark children have probably the most intriguing storylines, with Bran beyond the Wall and Arya in the house of Black and White in Braavos. It’s a shame that both show up so infrequently.

Overall, this series is still pretty strong, although much of this still feels like set up for the final conflicts. The ending is a major cliffhanger, with multiple characters in dire situations. Winter is still coming, but the question is when.
  lisally | Nov 18, 2014 |
Of all the Ice and Fire books, this was probably my least favorite.
Let me preface this by saying this was still a very good, well written, well developed book, and there were lots of parts I couldn't put down.

I just didn't much care for all the new characters that got introduced. Since books 4 and 5 were the same events but from different characters, I think it was just a matter of I preferred the characters in book 4, and didn't like the Dornish very much, or Denareys, or Jon. Also the departure from the chapter names was weird. Again, just a personal preference.

Still can't wait to read the next one though, whenever that should come out. ( )
  ariel.kirst | Nov 14, 2014 |
This series definitely got progressively less interesting. I kept hoping something great would happen (it didn't) and that the only character I really still liked (Arya) would get interesting (she didn't). ( )
  piersanti | Sep 28, 2014 |
Listening to the Audible audio version. Enjoying getting back to Martin's world, but honestly this is taking a back seat to Jim Butcher's latest Harry Dresden novel. I wouldn't have predicted that ( )
  nnschiller | Sep 18, 2014 |
Listening to the Audible audio version. Enjoying getting back to Martin's world, but honestly this is taking a back seat to Jim Butcher's latest Harry Dresden novel. I wouldn't have predicted that ( )
  nnschiller | Sep 18, 2014 |
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It's terrible. Martin has taken the concept of the pot-boiler to an extreme — it's a novel where nothing happens other than continual seething, roiling turmoil. He whipsaws the reader through a dozen different, complex story lines where characters struggle to survive in a world wrecked by civil war — one other problem is that I'd hit a chapter about some minor character from the previous four books, and struggled to remember who the heck this person is, and why I'm supposed to care — and again, nothing is resolved. Well, not quite: major characters are brutally killed, if they're male, and graphically and degradingly humiliated into irrelevance if they're female. I guess that's a resolution, all right — perhaps the last book will be a lovingly detailed description of a graveyard, draped with naked women mourning?
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Martin remains boundlessly creative, sketching out intricately realized new civilizations, societies, religions, and factions on one continent while continuing to complicate the established political agendas on another. No part of his world ever feels like an afterthought or an easy fantasy cliché.
Even so, “A Dance With Dragons,” for its bounty of adventure, is more about Mr. Martin marshaling his forces in anticipation of the cycle’s final two books.
Was "A Dance With Dragons" worth the six-year wait? Absolutely.

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Ce volume est pour mes fans

pour Lodey, Trebla, Stego, Pod,
Caress, Yags, X-Ray et Mr. X,
Kate, Chataya, Mormont, Mich,
Jamie, Vanessa, Ro,
pour Stubby, Louise, Agravaine,
Wert, Malt, Jo,
Mouse, Telisiane, Blackfyre,
Bronn Stone, Coyote's Daughter
et le reste des cinglés et des folles furieuses de
la Confrérie sans Bannières

pour les sorciers de mon site web
Elio et Linda, seigneurs de Westeros,
Winter et Fabio de WIC,
et Gibbs de Dragonstone, à l'origine de tout

pour les hommes et les femmes d'Asshai en Espagne
qui nous ont chanté un ours et une gente damoiselle
et les fabuleux fans d'Italie
qui m'ont tant donné de vin

pour mes lecteurs de Finlande, Allemagne,
Brésil, Portugal, France et Pays-Bas
et tous les autres pays lointains
où vous attendiez cette danse

et pour tous les amis et les fans
qu'il me reste encore à rencontrer

Merci de votre patience
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The night was rank with the smell of man.
"Soon comes the pale mare, and after her the others. Kraken and dark flame, lion and griffin, the sun's son and the mummer's dragon. Trust none of them. Remember the Undying. Beware the perfumed seneschal."
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies .... The man who never reads lives only one."
Women do not forget. Women do not forgive.
Give me priests who are fat and corrupt and cynical ... the sort who like to sit on soft satin cushions, nibble sweetmeats, and diddle little boys. It's the ones who believe in gods who make the trouble.
There are ghosts in Winterfell. And I am one of them.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553801473, Hardcover)

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. . . .

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.

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New threats emerge to endanger the future of the Seven Kingdoms, as Daenerys Targaryen, ruling in the East, fights off a multitude of enemies, while Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, faces his foes both in the Watch and beyond the great Wallof ice and stone.… (more)

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