A Dance with Dragons
Book 5, A Song of Ice & Fire
George R. R. Martin
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A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK FIVE
In the aftermath of a colossal battle, Daenerys 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. Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way east—with new allies who may not be the ragtag band they seem. And in the frozen north, Jon Snow confronts creatures from beyond the Wall of ice and stone, and powerful foes from within the Night’s Watch. In a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics lead a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, to the greatest dance of all.
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Publishers Weekly Review
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A slow dance with dragons
Okay, I've read enough of this series to expect characters that I like to die, but GRRM is killing his fans by drawing out this saga. I know that the timeline is concurrent with the previous volume, so I expected some re-hashing of the storyline in this book.
I suspect that the "Ooh, let's surprise the reader by killing a main character" gimmick has become Martin's trademark. But I think he's now expected to do it at least once per book. It's a shame, because I think now fans are betting on who lives or dies, a d have forgotten what the series is all about.
Any series where 90+ pages of the book are devoted to telling you who the heck all the characters are is just a page or two away from collapsing under it's own weight.
I'm not even sure if I care who ends up on the Iron Throne, because "Winter is Coming", and it'll probably kill everyone.
Surprises have become formulaic
I read the entire existing series in 4 weeks looking for the captivating story to find some kind of commonality. At this point, the commonality I see is in the writer's style and plan, not in the actual story.
The writer started with an original thought on how to write a surprising story by adding unexpected twists. However, because the epic story has been drawn out to incredible lengths the twists are now expected.
Here are the rules of the story:
1. The most interesting character will be killed off suddenly.
2. Characters come back to life unexpectedly so often that it's almost expected. Gritty, epic fantasy turned ho-hum zhombie fiction.
3. Dig a long time for gold. Every interesting action is found only after volumes of somewhat mundane detail.
4. Characters are extremely slow to adapt, even blind to the amazing powers they have. Several characters can jump into the bodies of beasts and other humans. This was at first very interesting and is now stale and frustrating due to the forced lack of understanding each character goes through. This reader ends up with a "been there, done that" experience.
5. Protagonist hide and seek. After book two, I wanted to see how Robb did. He died. After book three I wanted to see how Jon did, he died. Now I have a severe lack of trust in the writer. I don't have a central character I can use to tie everything together.
Starting in book three and becoming frequent in book four, my attention began to wander and I only picked the book back up to pass time.
Now I ask myself if I should buy the next book. What's the point. I feel like I'm reading Lost. Strange things happen with no explanation after thousands and thousands of pages. Any garantee of answers? No.
I no longer trust this writer to finish the story. Read at your own risk.
I started reading this series right after I saw the first promos for the hbo adaption. Unlike most of you who have been waiting for years, I finished the last book around six months ago. hopefully, I won't have to wait six years for the next one! For real though, some of the best books I have ever read. Period.