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

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

by George R. R. Martin, Roy Dotrice
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A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3372 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up the first book in this series after watching the show on HBO. Needless to say the first book is spot on to the TV show and pretty amazing. Books 2 and 3 were still great and then I started book 4 and was lost. I started to read reviews on line and understood that book 4 and 5 were split into 2 novels so on the day A Dance with dragons was released I had just finished A Feast For Crows and was more than ready to move on. Sadly, that never happened. I am the type of reader that will read anything and I mean anything Cereal boxes, Shampoo bottles and Junk mail just because I love to read and yet I had a difficult time focusing on this book. There are way too many non essential characters that bring less than nothing to the story line and whole chapters that leave you feeling that you just picked up another book entirely. You find yourself reading through them hoping to get a snippet of information that will pull you back into the story only to end up with nothing. In the first the books you saw a beginning, middle and end to some of the trials that each person was experiencing even though it was not the end of that persons story. In this book you're left with the feeling that nothing they did was ever completed it just dragged on and on and on. If you're looking to answers to any question that the first 4 books raised you're going to be Highly disappointed. This book is like season 3 or 4 of Lost. Lots of story that makes no sense. The writing is beautiful, the character and scenery descriptions are amazing but the story got lost. I am all for anything that gets people to read, but I would not recommend this series to anyone because I would hate to have them to end up disappointed. Also B&N should remove the star ratings from any review created before the release of the book. Most the the 5 stars were giving by people who could not have read it.
SabsDkPrncs More than 1 year ago
First off, I have read the book. This is a review of the book and not of how long it took to be published, or B&N's preorder process. I was really looking forward to this book. I think the first four books, even AFFC, could be the start to the greatest fantasy epic of this generation. ADWD is disappointing. The first part of the book takes place concurrently with AFFC, and this part obviously should have been in that volume. It is a bit confusing that Sam is in both books. The story drags. Nothing that happens seems very important, even the things that are definitely big revelations. This is 1100 pages of tying up loose ends. I get the feeling from this book that GRRM didn't know what he was going to do, and so had to do quite a bit of character pruning in order to move forward. All in all, not a great read and a disappointing entry in what has been a great series.
Dustin Spencer More than 1 year ago
First three books were amazing. Number four was decent. This one, not so much. The plot evolves at a snails pace, and the thrills are few and far between. The first 90% of most chapters is like wading through mud to reach the final 10%, which is generally pretty good. This book could have easily been trimmed down at least by half. After waiting so long for this to come out, I was hoping for so much more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not start reading this series until it came on HBO. I would rather read the book than watch the movie, so I started on these. Wish I had watched the show on this series. Books one and three were good but dragged myself through two and four. Hoped that GRRM would redeem himself on five, but no such luck. Glad that I did not start these books way back and have to wait the long years that many have. Book five just rambles and the story goes no where. In fact, other than a few places the story has gone somewhere off the board. Does GRRM even have a plan for his characters or the plot? If you haven't started this series yet, my advice is don't start them. Watch the HBO version and save all those thousands of pages of reading time for something more interesting and an author who gives his readers his best.
Sick-Tried More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying I am an avid reader of this Genre and believed the first 3 books of this series as 3 of the best ever; however, the books have now started to move at a snails pace (much like the WoT). Quite frankly I am disgusted with this most recent entry in the series. I am not sure any significant plot lines advanced. I am sure G.R.R's reader will remember as well as I when A Feast of Crows was published and the author stated he split the manuscript in to 2 books because it was too much for 1 novel, and lo and behold a mere 3 years later this is what we get. I can only hope enough people complain about these foot dragging authors that they will wake up and stop sacrificing the pace of a story to make a buck. I am done with this series and author. I no longer care what happens, I will now give my money to authors who care more about their readers and less about HBO's dollars (as soon as I find one, any suggestions?)
ActuallyPlayedMassEffect More than 1 year ago
Being a Martin fan is almost masochistic. He writes superbly and with amazing consistency a 'fantasy' series that is more charaxcter piece and feudal history, and like many others i love it. With all the hype recently built and the long wait for those of us who predate the HBO series and said hype, this release was a present eagerly opened for avid readers. Martin delivers all you would expect from 'Song', deep and intricate people, beautifully described landscaps and an amazingly deep history. Usually his novels pick up pace and we are whisked through battles, intrigue, moral grey areas, and the frustrating death of a beloved charactr who may be the only decent human being written into the story. This book drags, and its upseting. After years of awaiting its release i find myself wondering how much of the plot was moved along. Comparatively speaking, his previous novels have more scenes of moment, of import and emotion. Here i fiund those climax points to miss the mark or be downright friiustrating and disheartening. For the amount of reading there is very little movement to this novel compared to the previous titles or something akin, like Patrick Rothfuss' two epic, genre bending novels. Still, i loved it, and am thankful it released at all, but familiar fans should be forewarned, most of what you may anticipate to pass, does not. Let us hope the rumors of another 4year wait are untrue, because Martin owes us all alittle more for our patience, patronage, money and time.
Winterfan More than 1 year ago
For this I waited 6 years? I am completely underwhelmed. The story did not advance beyond what could have been written in about 250 pages. Mr. Martin has sadly disappointed this fan. I think you could even skip this volume and still follow the story. So much of the writing seemed like filler and did not captivate the way the first three books did (I say 3, because #4 was a bit of a disappointment also). If the next one takes as long to publish, I may be one of many who lose interest.
1Vlad More than 1 year ago
There was so much talk in this book if I could sleep while reading I would of, its like the Author was so busy looking for things to make the book bigger instead of getting to the point or getting to the characters in the previous books. Waiting for this book for years was a waste and I suggest you wait for all the books to come out and read it all at once maybe then it might make a better read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm seriously disappointed in all the impatient people posting bad reviews. So what if he took a long time to write a book? Art takes time, folks. Be mature and be patient. George R. R. Martin has obviously spent alot of time on this book, so it's bound to be wonderful. I'd rather he spent alot of time writing the book and making it as good as he can instead of rushing it and turning it into a disappointment. Martin has stated himself that he's a slow writer, so have a little compassion for the man. A writer shouldn't have to tailor to his fans, that's not how writing works. Martin is obviously taking the series in the direction he wants it to go. And why not? By writing these books for the populace, he's doing you a service. Stop complaining. Martin's work is absolutely wonderful. I'm a big fantasy fan myself, and I always have been. Martin lays out an intriguing world with grey characters and a plotline that will pull you in and not let go. This is a world where no characters are safe, a world where anything can happen. This is a world where the bad people usually triumph and where good people suffer great losses. This series is not for people who want a "safe" story with characters riding bunny rabbits and using foam swords, but it is for people who want a story that makes them keep guessing. It's for people who want realism along with those fantasy elements we've all grown to love. If you want a book where your favorite character can die on the next page and be completely unexpected, read this series. This is truly some of the best fantasy literature ever written, don't miss it.
Paradigm More than 1 year ago
First off, let me say that I have thoroughly enjoyed A Song of Ice and Fire, even though it is not exactly the type of fantasy that I crave. I generally prefer more magic, less politics, and less total destruction of MANY likable characters. I have also been a bit perturbed with the huge number of unnecessary side characters who make the story so convoluted and would require you to read the series 10 times with a huge chart to be able to finally figure out the historical and present connections between all of them. That being said, I very much enjoyed the first four novels. I really enjoy his writing style. It flows smoothly, is descriptive enough and has great characterization, and his dialogue and humor are top notch. That being said, I always felt like I was waiting for some major things to happen and every time something did happen, it seemed to me to send the story backwards instead of forwards. A Dance with Dragons was enjoyable to read, but I felt like nothing happened. You could jump from the first page to the last and here is where you would be ****spoilers**** Danaerys is still in Mereen, Jon is still a the wall, the North is still held by the Boltons, Arya has barely progressed with the assassin priests, Greyjoy is sailing to the East, Cersei is ruined, Jaime is in the riverlands twiddling his thumbs. Tyrion is the only character that really advances in the story. So, did I enjoy it while I was reading it? Yes, but I felt very unsatisfied when it was finished. Of course, that may be the sign of a good storyteller, as I will be looking forward to the next.
2ManyBooks_2LittleTime More than 1 year ago
All you crybabies that have been ripping on GRRM for the past several years can all go find something else to cry about now. Sure it was a long, long wait but it was worth it!! This could well be the best volume in the series so far! Tyrion and Jon have large roles and in my opinion they are the best and the strongest characters in the entire cast. Things pulled together, and even wove together, nicely from volume 4 and sets the stage for the final two books to include all the main characters in each book. I wait patiently for the next volume and if it is a few years so what! I'll read something else in the meantime and leave the crying to the usual suspects.
Regenbrecht More than 1 year ago
Great character development and story line. However, the lack of closure is wearing on me.
sghltx95 More than 1 year ago
I love Martin's series more than any other fantasy author, so I am coming from a very positive place. However, unlike his other books, I thought little in his 5th book moved the plot along at all. There's so much the book could have done without. So much detail, so many people, but what did it really add to the main story? I have enjoyed everyone of Martin's side tracks to date. This time, not all of them helped the reader get anywhere. I wish he could have took out chunks of this book and made it a 6 book series instead of 7. Truly, if you read book 5, you only need to read the last chapter on each character to see where book 5 gets you between 4 and 6.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait to read this book and purchased it the day it came out. I was hoping the lives of some of the characters I had grown to love would be wrapped up in this book but that didn't happen. It left me feeling empty........I have no idea what happened to Sansa, Catelyn, Arya, Bran.............and many more characters. Is there another installment to follow? What happens to Tyrion, Cersei, Jamie...........so many questions, no answers in this book....disappointing. I am afraid that if there is another book by the time it comes out, I won't care. The other books were beautifully written but this one seems to have dropped in storylines for no reason.
petmel19 More than 1 year ago
I am sick to death of authors who simply drag a story out for no good reason. Instead of tying up loose ends in Dance with Dragons he introduced new storylines in this book. And the old questions remain unanswered. I'm done with these books. I love the world he has built, but I can't believe that reading 1000 pages failed to advance the story AT ALL.
AKRon More than 1 year ago
After waiting all these years for another great book, I am rewarded with more obscure characters, endless descriptions of every character's ancestors, mode of dress and shoe sizes. I am so tired of this, so here is an ending: Dany and Tyrian get together, fall deeply in love, discover nuclear energy and just blow up the whole world as they sail away with the dragons. After, of course, stopping off to burn to death a certain novelist.
Deborah Connors More than 1 year ago
I was hoping for much and more, but got little and less. Long and drawn out with tedious detail, symbolism rammed repeatedly down our throats. I am a big fan of this series, and am hoping for better next time, with a hopefully shorter wait.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horrible ending, if you could even call it a ending. It never finished telling the story. I don't know if he got tired of writing the story or thought he could come back to it. For fans sake he needs to wrap it up.
CrazyTwinMom More than 1 year ago
This was the worst book in the series. I wasted money buying it and wish I could have a refund. The character's stories were not compelling, except for Tyrion's. Tyrion saved this book somewhat. I would have liked to hear about Sansa and Catelyn.
Grizzly8 More than 1 year ago
Lets start with the title. A Dance With Dragons, this book was not about the dragons, but bad, evil characters that left me with a feeling of reading a long winded horror flick, not a novel. "Run, run, your going to die!" This is a very slow plot, with way to many POV's. And whats with the dwarf fascination? The little engine that could? The only "good" character is killed off, or not, cause he didn't actually say he was dead. Probably need 250 pages to detail that plot twist. It was a very weak plot twist. Throughout this book, I kept getting the feeling that George RR Martin was procrastinating on writing about what I wanted to read about, which was the original characters from the first book, instead new ones were created and boring to boot, or you read about the same terrible characters that basically do the same things they did in the previous books. The original characters felt like another teaser to so you would buy his next book. I won't read the next book or books, I'm done reading about lies, cruel torture, cheats, incest, back stabbing, filthy evil in general. I need a long hot shower with lots and lots of soap. I wish I could have my time and money invested in this book series back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading this series this year when Game of Thrones first came out. I was hooked on books 1 through 3. By book 4 I apwas seriously fatigued at the authors inability to advance this story. Just finished book 5 which may be the most bloated book I have ever read. 1100 pages and the story barely moves forward. This is likely my last book, I don't have the energy to allow him to finish the story at the pace he moves it along.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ugh! How long must we wait for the end to this story? Do not buy it yet!! Wait til he finishes the series if you havent readany of the books. This book was a very good one compared to the rest of the series. Please finish the series already!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story simply does not move. Jon goes on being depressing. Danaerys goes on being beautiful and frustrated. Theon miserable. Thus goes the story for 700 plus pages. Huge disappointment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can tell this book was written with an eye towards having a long running tv series. Read the first 3, which were epic, and then watch the rest of the series on HBO. Hopefully, GRRM smartens up and istens to his fans and gets thecseries back on track.
DearReader More than 1 year ago
When years pass between titles in a series -- especially a great series like this one -- the expectations build sky high. I had to tone them down just a bit. When I started reading, it was just great to be returned to the world of so many favorite characters. Towards the middle of the book, it gets a bit swampy with superfluous story lines, but it's all great story so I slogged on anticipating more from my favorite characters. Then the final chapters really sped by -- and I'm on the edge of my seat once more, waiting for the next installment. Please don't keep us waiting years, GRRM!