George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire was first intended to be a trilogy but, to the delight of fans, there have been five books so far in the series - A Dance with Dragons being the latest one. Like its predecessors, A Dance with Dragons is an exciting book, more so because some of the characters originally introduced in books one, two and three, including Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow, were skipped in book four and have therefore made a reappearance after six years. A Dance with Dragons debuted on the NYT bestseller list and was the second book in the series to do so, after the previous entry in the series, A Feast for Crows.
In A Dance with Dragons, Cersei's story continues as she is imprisoned for various reasons, including adultery and conspiring to kill her husband, the former king, Robert Baratheon. She only admits to adultery and is released pending trial. However, she must walk naked along the streets as punishment for her adultery and is pelted with fruits and vegetables, reaching her destination on her hands and knees.
Meanwhile, Daenerys Targaryen, who is ruling the city of Meereen, has lost control of her growing dragons. Although she keeps two of them imprisoned, the third one has been roaming free and causing havoc. While attempting to rein them in, Danerys also gets married to a nobleman for political reasons although she's having a torrid affair with a mercenary.
Tyrion Lannister, who we had last seen killing his father and escaping, is now on the road and has quite a few adventures. He is kidnapped by Jorah Mormont, who was banished by Daenerys; Jorah plans to take Tyrion back to her to earn her forgiveness. However, the two fall into the hands of slavers and are forced to become a part of a jousting dwarf company from which Tyrion eventually escapes.
Overall, A Dance with Dragons is immensely satisfying, taking us back to the action-packed beginnings of the series. The characters that this book deals with are intense and vivid, probably the strongest ones that Martin has created in this series. There's a sense of anticipation about what exactly is going to happen next, given that the War of the Five Kings has come to an end but there are still many political intrigues going on.
George R.R. Martin (or
GRRM for short as many of his fans affectionately refer to him) is originally from Bayonne, NJ where he grew up in the projects. He started writing stories at a young age and selling them for pennies to his friends. He went on to study journalism and started writing novels, segueing from this into screenwriting for TV. Finally, taking a break from TV, he went back to writing fiction and that's how A Song of Ice and Fire was born. The series is supposed to total seven books and Martin is hard at work on the sixth one, The Winds of Winter. The first two books of the series have been made into the HBO show A Game of Thrones.
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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. Download and start listening now!