Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George R.R. Martin

4 stars
Format: Hardcover
1045 pages
Published by Bantam

In the east the story of Daenerys continues as her dragons range against the constraints placed before them and everyone is vying to have their own opinions on the matter heard as new enemies arise.  Tyrion has managed to escape King’s Landing but with his own price to pay.  In the north John snow faced hard decisions that will ultimately affect the outcome of the realm. 

My Review:
I liked how this fifth book was a compilation of a different viewpoint from the characters and a continuation of the story from all points of view after. With all that being said it really didn’t serve to move the story along.  There seemed to be a great deal of filler information throughout with the overabundance of narrative description of clothing, scenery, and food.

There were still some parts of the book that I had trouble getting through, mainly Aisha Greyjoy, Quentyn and Davos.  Another thing I did not like about this book is that new points of views keep popping up from various characters.  It’s like the Greek Mythology Hydra in writing; Martin is cutting off one head when a million more sprout up.

Martin does an amazing job of dealing with the realities of war and the aftermath it causes.  Also, the political stratosphere and how one mistake or decision can change the course of everything.

About the Author:
Martin's present home is Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (he was South-Central Regional Director 1977-1979, and Vice President 1996-1998), and of Writers' Guild of America, West.

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