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A Dance With Dragons by George R R Martin

Posted by Caitie F on September 28, 2012

Title: A Dance With Dragons
Author: George R R Martin
Hardcover: 1045 pages
Publisher: Bantam
Pub Date: July 2011
Rating: ++++

This contains SPOILERS for the first FOUR books in this series!

Summary from goodreads:

The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance.

In the east, Daenerys, last scion of House Targaryen, her dragons grown to terrifying maturity, rules as queen of a city built on dust and death, beset by enemies.

Now that her whereabouts are known many are seeking Daenerys and her dragons. Among them the dwarf, Tyrion Lannister, who has escaped King’s Landing with a price on his head, wrongfully condemned to death for the murder of his nephew, King Joffrey. But not before killing his hated father, Lord Tywin.

To the north lies the great Wall of ice and stone – a structure only as strong as those guarding it. Eddard Stark’s bastard son Jon Snow has been elected the 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, but he has enemies both in the Watch and beyond the Wall, where the wildling armies are massing for an assault.

On all sides bitter conflicts are reigniting, played out by a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves. The tides of destiny will inevitably lead to the greatest dance of all

Review:

Okay. So this book was better than the last one, but I don’t think it could be worse since there were actually characters I like in this book! Also, a LOT happened in this book. There was still some moving around to set up the last two books in the series, but there were lots of breaks in the slower parts with characters that I loved and action.

But I kind of hate George R R Martin. I cannot count the amount of the times that my favorite character have been in mortal danger and/or actually died in these books. It is just cruel. There are two characters in particular that seem like they died 5 or 6 times. I mean, even when you have seen a dead body, they aren’t necessarily dead in this series! It makes for a very stressful and emotional reading experience.

And he did it big time in this book both making me think my favorite character overall is dead and showing that a couple others aren’t. There were separations, reunions, and dragons.

This was such a cool book and I am so glad I am caught up with the series. I can now join discussions and don’t have to worry about being spoiled anymore! Though it also sucks that there is not anything else published. He needs to get writing!

DO you have any series that you are finally catching up to? Let me know in the comments!

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