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A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Bk 5)
A Dance with Dragons - A Song of Ice and Fire, Bk 5 Author:George R. R. Martin Six years have passed since the time of events in "A Storm of Swords". Autumn is ending, with the realm in disarray. Tommen sits on the Iron Throne, but it is Cersei who rules, supported by Casterly Rock and Highgarden. Thanks to Dorne, the north has become a lawless wilderness.
It seems to me that one mark of an accomplished series writer is the ability to create and maintain a high level of interest and excitement on the part of the reader. George Martin is a past master. Even with the years-long wait between books in the Ice and Fire series, I was amazed to be able to pick up this latest entry and immediately plunge right back in. All the elements from previous books are here: the enormous cast of characters, the meticulous world-building, the unbelievably complex plot, the excellent writing. Through many shifting viewpoints, Martin kept me turning pages, kept tugging me along to find out what would happen next, engaging my mind and my heart, making me gasp and making me laugh, not letting me put the book down until I was done. A terrific story, with more to come. If you haven't started this series yet, you're missing an incredible read.
I'd give an extra star if I could!
I felt that the last book was a little meandering, but with this one Martin is back on track and heading toward the finish line!
Absorbing, engrossing, and makes-you-miss-your-bus-stop-'cause-people-are-getting-executed good!
I just hope it's not another 7 years 'til the next one, 'cause I'm gonna be suffering until then.
Bruce - reviewed A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Bk 5) on
Helpful Score: 4
Martin could have shortened this book by about 200 pages and not lost a bit of the story. Overall another great addition to the series though I may be a little miffed if one of my favorite characters is as doomed as it appears. But that is classic Martin. Can't wait for the next release.
I read the series back-to-back, and now have to face the fact that I'll have to wait for the next one. I think this book is one of the best in the series -- it definitely held my interest and threw in a few twists. Great writing!