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A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5)

Written by George R.R. Martin

Average Score: 85(8)

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.

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. . . .

Book Details

Hardcover, 1040 Pages
Published by Bantam on July 12, 2011
ISBN-10 0553801473
ISBN-13 978-0553801477


Fantasy Book Critic | Liviu Suciu
Review Rating: 100
...if you love a grand scale epic series where the author keeps his "action have consequences and there is no get out the jail card" stance that so shocked people including myself in the earlier volumes, A Dance with Dragons (A++) will be the one novel you want to read this year indeed!
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SFX | Saxon Bullock
Review Rating: 100
Expertly crafted and thoroughly gripping, the only real downside with this doorstop-sized whopper is the painful wait we're undoubtedly going to have before the series' next volume...
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Pat`s Fantasy Hotlist | Patrick
Review Rating: 90
In the end, I feel that A Dance With Dragons is everything ASOIAF fans could have hoped for.
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The Wertzone | Adam Whitehead
Review Rating: 90
...solves a lot of the problems experienced in the previous book in the series and brings renewed energy and focus to getting this story towards the endgame.
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Publishers Weekly
Review Rating: 80
Even ostensibly disillusioned fans will be caught up in the interweaving stories, especially when Martin drops little hints around long-debated questions ...
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SF Reviews | Thomas M. Wagner
Review Rating: 80
The dramatic payoffs may seem a long time coming in Dance. But the point is that they do come, which is more than can be said for some recent fantasies of equal length and hype I've trudged through...
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SF Signal | Larry Ketchersid
Review Rating: 80
An extremely well written, well paced book, with excellent characterizations where, like many "bridge books", not much forward movement on the plot is achieved...well-worth the the read.
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Fantasy Literature | Ryan Skardal
Review Rating: 60
Although it is the longest entry in A Song of Ice and Fire, it's difficult to escape the feeling that the intrigues have become so complex that they require hundreds of pages just to be introduced. Aside from a startling ending, it makes for a strangely calm "dance of dragons."
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