Published in: 2011
Edition read: Paperback
Book #: Book 5 in the A Song Of Ice and Fire series (AKA Game of Thrones)
In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance — 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 thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.
Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys’s claim to Westeros forever.
Meanwhile, 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. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.
From all corners, bitter conflicts 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.
Well this book was LOOOOOOOONNNNGGGGG. So, so very long.
It’s the other cast of characters from book 4 that failed to show up. The ones we actually care about- Tyrion and Danerys and Jon Snow. And then about 600-700 page mark, the characters from book 4- Jaime, Cersei, Sansa etc, all come back to play.
So the bonus of finishing this book is that I am now, finally, ahead of the TV series, and therefore, ahead of every other person at work. I HOLD ALL THE POWER. You piss me off, I tell you what happens in the book. *evil laugh* Especially useful to those idiots who discuss the show, including spoilers, even after you have asked them to stop because you aren’t caught up yet (and neither is three other people in the room) to which point they announce a spoiler, followed by “oh yeah, SPOILER” afterwards.
Anyways. The book was good, interesting to read, but just so long. I stopped being interested around 400 pages into the book and just kinda forced myself to read for a few hours each night to try and knock it over, because I wanted it finished. Not because I was incredibly interested in what was happening in the story.
It was only towards the end that I became interested again, and now I’m wondering what will happen in the next book (please, please, PLEASE let it be smaller! I am kinda over these massive 1000 page tomes).
A Dance with Dragons rating: 7/10. It loses points for being excessively long and having stories that seem to go nowhere (I know it all makes sense eventually, but for the moment, I do not care a bit about Asha Greyjoy and fail to see why we have to keep reading about her throughout this book).
Would I re-read it? NOPE. Once was enough. I cannot fathom sitting through that again, sorry. Smaller, then perhaps. But as a massive 1125 page edition? Hells to the no. My hand still cramps just thinking about holding that book open while reading it, let alone actually reading it.
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the series, fans of the show who are wanting to get ahead, fans of the show because the books are better, fans of epic fantasies, someone who may be stranded on a deserted island for a month because this book will be your saviour just because its so damn long you may finish it in time to be rescued.
ASOIAF Wiki: http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/A_Dance_with_Dragons