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A Dance With Dragons

A Dance With Dragons

Book - 2011 | 1st ed
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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 Wall of ice and stone.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780553801477
Branch Call Number: SCI MARTI-G
Characteristics: 1016 p. : maps ; 24 cm


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Apr 21, 2021

After 6 long years since the release of the fourth novel in the epic fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire”, Mr. Martin finally gathered up his thoughts and published the fifth novel on July 12, 2011. As soon as the book was released, many book series fans hunted down the available copies of the book; many still do to this day, after watching the just as incredible TV show version of the series. My first impression when I opened the book was: wow, those are a lot of pages! In fact, 1041 pages would seem numerous for a novel in many people’s minds. Nonetheless, Mr. Martin had focused on every aspect possible to make the characters seem more vivid which, in turn, gives the readers the impression that they were involved in the story. Each chapter begins from a character’s perspective and the storyline picks up from when Tyrion escaped Westeros, which happened at the end of the third book. More interesting plots are introduced to the characters in the book, and plenty of drastic and surprising events have been prepared as well. To conclude, I would rate the book a 4.6/5 because of the consistency of the story, the vividness of the characters, and the fascination of the plots as well as the mysteries that we may look forward to unravelling in the sequel of the series.
@tiny_astronaut of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

HCL_staff_reviews Nov 25, 2019

Reads like historical fiction with fantasy peeking through. The fifth installment of the Song of Ice and Fire series, this book catches us up with some of the characters who were maddeningly absent in the fourth book. Addictive but not for the weak of heart (or stomach). — Kristina D., Brooklyn Park Library

Jul 21, 2019

Still more perfection. I really enjoyed the focus on Essos, minus Young Griff. Fortunately, the show tells me he is not important. Alas, I am Team Dany.

Jul 05, 2019

Paired with A Feast for Crows, Dance with Dragons is great at letting you know what's going on in Essos while you think about what's going on back in Westeros. The style is the usual for the ASOIAF series and you jump back and forth between a few characters but manage to follow along pretty well. It's almost easy to line up when something is happening between books and you feel like you have a better view on the world when you do. There's something special about this series and it's more than worth the wait for the next book.
Though like many, I am impatiently waiting for Winds of Winter. Eventually.. it'll come eventually.

May 20, 2019

Book 5

Jan 02, 2019

Book 5

Nov 08, 2018

Nominee for GoodReads' Best Reads 2018 : Best of the Best.

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.

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.

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.

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Jul 22, 2016

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

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

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.

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?

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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