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Product Description
The fifth volume, part one of A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest
fantasy epic of the modern age. GAME OF THRONES is now a major Sky
Atlantic TV series from HBO, featuring a stellar cast.

In the aftermath of a colossal battle, new threats are emerging from
every direction.

Tyrion Lannister, having killed his father, and wrongfully accused of
killing his nephew, King Joffrey, has escaped from King's Landing with a
price on his head.

To the north lies the great Wall of ice and stone - a structure only as
strong as those guarding it. Eddard Stark's bastard son Jon Snow has
been elected 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. But Jon has
enemies both inside and beyond the Wall.

And in the east Daenerys Targaryen struggles to hold a city built on
dreams and dust.

About the Author
George R.R. Martin is the author of fourteen novels, including five
volumes of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, several collections of short stories
and numerous screen plays for television drama and feature films. He
lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Reviews for Dance with Dragons: Dreams and Dust (A Song of Ice and Fire):

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Jan 16, 2018

“The only time a man can be brave is when he is afraid.”

I love these books so freaking much! So wonderful to be back with some of my faves who were missed in A Feast for Crows!

Tyrion:

“He had dreamed enough for one small life. And of such follies: love, justice, friendship, glory. As well as the dream of being tall.”

Now on the run, Tyrion is making his way across the free cities by any means. Meeting many interesting characters with their own fiery secrets. But of course things never go to “The only time a man can be brave is when he is afraid.”

I love these books so freaking much! So wonderful to be back with some of my faves who were missed in A Feast for Crows!

Tyrion:

“He had dreamed enough for one small life. And of such follies: love, justice, friendship, glory. As well as the dream of being tall.”

Now on the run, Tyrion is making his way across the free cities by any means. Meeting many interesting characters with their own fiery secrets. But of course things never go to plan!

Davos: I love Davos! I know others don’t like him but he is such a great character. His unfailing loyalty to Stannis, and the way he holds his faith despite the Red Priestess’ constant presence. He is sent to the Manderly’s to try and bring them over to Stannis’ cause and ends up uncovering a multitude of secrets and lies.

Jon: Now lord commander, Jon faces the challenge of having Stannis’ men based on the wall, dealing with the Wildlings and face the impending doom of the Others!

Kill the boy within you...it takes a man to rule...kill the boy and let the man be born."

Daenerys: Currently based in Meereen, Dany struggles with the number of people she rules over. War and disease are ripe, the other free cities rally against her while she desperately holds her power, fearing who will be next to betray her.

Reek: I won't say who this is - though I am sure loads of you already know. These chapters scare the shit out of me, the violence endured and the terror he lives in, for the enjoyment of an absolute psychopath is horrendous. I had to make sure not to go to sleep right after finishing one of these POVs.

On top of these main POVs we dip into minor charactcers in other houses, including the Dornish, the Ironborn and a ship crossing the sea carrying a hidden royal.

Only one more left to read and then I will not know what to do with myself! I love this world so much.

"This is no game we are playing for your amusement." Of course it is, thought Tyrion. The game of thrones." ...more
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Jun 19, 2015

A Dance with Dragons: Dreams and Dust (A Song of Ice and Fire #5, Part 1 of 3), George R.R. Martin
A Dance with Dragons is the fifth of seven planned novels in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by American author George R. R. Martin. In some areas the paperback edition was published in two parts titled Dreams and Dust and After the Feast. It was the first novel in the series to be published following the commencement of the HBO series adaptation, Game of Thrones, and runs to 1,040 A Dance with Dragons: Dreams and Dust (A Song of Ice and Fire #5, Part 1 of 3), George R.R. Martin
A Dance with Dragons is the fifth of seven planned novels in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by American author George R. R. Martin. In some areas the paperback edition was published in two parts titled Dreams and Dust and After the Feast. It was the first novel in the series to be published following the commencement of the HBO series adaptation, Game of Thrones, and runs to 1,040 pages.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و هشتم ماه ژوئن سال 2015 میلادی
عنوان: نغمه آتش و یخ جلد 5: رقص با اژدهاها کتاب اول؛ نویسنده: جرج آر.آر. مارتین؛ مترجم: رویا خادم الرضا؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر ویدا، 1394، در 542 ص، شابک: 9786002911599؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی سده 21 م
پنجمین کتاب از مجموعه هفت جلدی رمان فانتزی حماسی ترانه یخ و آتش، اثر نویسنده آمریکایی جرج آر. آر. مارتین است. در برخی از کشورها این کتاب خود در دو جلد منتشر شد: رؤیاها و غبار، و بعد از ضیافت. در کشور ما پنجمین کتاب این مجموعه در سه جلد منتشر شده است: نغمه ی آتش و یخ 10: رقص با اژدهاها 1؛ نغمه ی آتش و یخ 11: رقص با اژدهاها 2؛ و نغمه ی آتش و یخ 12: رقص با اژدهاها 3؛ ا. شربیانی ...more
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Mar 27, 2018

First things first, I would like to apologise for calling George RR Martin "pretentious" in my review of A Feast for Crows, but he really deserved it for writing a book like that. And then he writes A Dance With Dragons and amazes us with another excellently written multilayered book. I will try to keep this review short because I don't want to give away any spoilers.

"Fear not, my little friend. The blood of Aegon the Dragon flows in her veins."

In this volume, we see more of the North and First things first, I would like to apologise for calling George RR Martin "pretentious" in my review of A Feast for Crows, but he really deserved it for writing a book like that. And then he writes A Dance With Dragons and amazes us with another excellently written multilayered book. I will try to keep this review short because I don't want to give away any spoilers.

"Fear not, my little friend. The blood of Aegon the Dragon flows in her veins."

In this volume, we see more of the North and across the Narrow Sea which is an overlapping time frame of A Feast for Crows in the south.
Jon, Daenerys, Davos and Tyrion, they are back, the characters that we missed in the previous instalment are back and how. Here's what happens in the first instalment of A Dance with Dragons:
The book begins with the sassy Tyrion escaping King's Landing after killing his father, and wrongfully accused of killing Joffrey. He is taken to Pentos by Varys, and later to join Daenerys in helping her claim the Iron Throne. He drank his way across the narrow sea. His witty one liners are the best. He is cunning, sly, and at the same time he is kind and sympathetic which makes him the best character in the whole series.
Daenerys' story is moving a bit slow as she is trying to learn how to rule the city of Meereen. Despite her affair with Daario, she is planning to marry Hizdahr zo Loraq to secure more power.
Jon And Stannis are at The Wall and Jon is elected as the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. Not a lot happens with Jon's character in this part which is a bit disappointing. Stannis does not get a full chapter, his story is narrated by others' point of view. Melisandre's plot is getting bigger and better, she is desperate and does everything she can to earn Jon's trust.
Bran's part becomes more important and interesting with each book. He has the ability to see and travel through time (brace yourselves, we might see unicorns in The Winds of Winter because Leaf says "unicorns are all but gone", also, Jon dreams that Shaggydog has fought and killed a unicorn. So yeah, I hope we get to see unicorns)
And then we have the very disgusting and awful Ramsay Snow Bolton. His character becomes crazier with each appearance. Ramsay thinks he is marrying Arya Stark but he is marrying Jeyne Poole (I was a bit surprised because this isn't how it goes down in the TV series) poor Jeyne, her name rhymes with pain, and that's exactly what Ramsay gives her.
Theon has had the saddest fate. His name is now Reek, he's weak and a freak. His chapter begins with him eating a rat, and it is horrifying. Although he is a grey character, I still feel sorry for him.

This volume was pretty impressive and intense considering how boring the previous one was. Some new events and new characters are introduced in this book, "Griff" is such an interesting character, I don't want to say more because it's kind of a huge spoiler (I wonder why he hasn't made a single appearance on the show)

GRRM's writing is amazing. As always, we see lengthy descriptions of food, unnecessary paragraphs on how things smell and taste, tedious narrations of sights and sounds. His way of portraying supernatural things, the imagery, the way he weaves rich and complex characters are all his magnificent and dramatic ways of making this fantasy world seem real and lifelike. He is the kind of writer who uses death, destruction and other forms of torture and cruelty to make the readers feel terrible (and we readers don't mind, we really don't) We still don't see the characters we left in A Feast for Crows. The characters and the plot are still in the evolving stage, the book is just a small part to what's coming. A must read for those who have read the previous volumes of ASOIAF.

Read my review of A Feast for Crows-
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ...more
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Nov 13, 2017

I have noticed the most readers watch Game of Thrones after they finished A Dance with Dragons. I am wondering whether I am one of them.

I really like this book. Alhamdulillah.

This book is definitely better than A Feast for Crow. That is my opinion.

I absolutely love this quote. 'A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.'

Lists of my favourite characters in A Song of Ice and Fire:
Eddard Stark
Arya Stark
Jon Snow
Daenerys Targaryen
Tyrion Lannister
Cersei I have noticed the most readers watch Game of Thrones after they finished A Dance with Dragons. I am wondering whether I am one of them.

I really like this book. Alhamdulillah.

This book is definitely better than A Feast for Crow. That is my opinion.

I absolutely love this quote. 'A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.'

Lists of my favourite characters in A Song of Ice and Fire:
Eddard Stark
Arya Stark
Jon Snow
Daenerys Targaryen
Tyrion Lannister
Cersei Lannister
Jaime Lannister ...more
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Jan 13, 2019

Whilst continuing through ASOIAF, I decided to use the ‘A Feast With Dragons’ combined reading order for Books 4 and 5.

This is more a summary of my reading experience rather than a review, as let’s face it those that have got this far would already love the books.

What makes this series great is the complex characters and various settings that gives an epic feel to this world.
The fact that these books introduce some more minor characters just adds so much more to the narrative.

I like those that Whilst continuing through ASOIAF, I decided to use the ‘A Feast With Dragons’ combined reading order for Books 4 and 5.

This is more a summary of my reading experience rather than a review, as let’s face it those that have got this far would already love the books.

What makes this series great is the complex characters and various settings that gives an epic feel to this world.
The fact that these books introduce some more minor characters just adds so much more to the narrative.

I like those that are based in King’s Landing, but I equally enjoy the events on The Wall etc...
I probably would have wanted to rush through Crows so that I could get to Jon, Tyrion, Daenerys and the rest in Book 5.

Just reading a couple of chapters a night really gave me the chance to appreciate the level of detail that is brought to this world.
That’s what makes this series special, all the people and places combined help make it one fantastic story. ...more
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Feb 25, 2016

So this is the fifth instalment to the Fire and Ice Series. This book runs in alignment with A Feast for Crows but goes a bit further into the story. As well as the return of much loved characters like Tyrion Lannister, Bran Stark, Theon Greyjoy or Reek as he is known in this book (Maybe not him depending on whether you like him or not. Me personally I’m kind of half and half with him), Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Davos Seaworth as well as some chapters on some character’s point of view So this is the fifth instalment to the Fire and Ice Series. This book runs in alignment with A Feast for Crows but goes a bit further into the story. As well as the return of much loved characters like Tyrion Lannister, Bran Stark, Theon Greyjoy or Reek as he is known in this book (Maybe not him depending on whether you like him or not. Me personally I’m kind of half and half with him), Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Davos Seaworth as well as some chapters on some character’s point of view that hadn’t been touched upon before and was an interesting perspective such as Asha Greyjoy, Melisandre, Quentyn Martell, Ser Balon Swann and an unexpected characters point of view that I shall not reveal as I think it would spoil the book a bit too much due to their importance in the Game of Thrones. Because of their appearance in the last Book, Ayra Stark, Cersei Lannister and Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth do not appear in this book but because the two books are in alignment to one another everything that happened to those characters still run in alignment with this book.

Touching on new character point of views, one of the most interesting chapters I personally found quite enlightening was the point of view of Melisandre the Red priestess. Even though she only had one chapter it was interesting to get inside her head and what she feels. Ever since she arrived onto the scene she has been adamant that Stannis Baratheon was the one true king of Westeros and Azor Azai reborn. But as you read before this chapter we find that isn’t true and as she looks into the depths of her fiery spells we begin to see her doubt herself and her plan to get Stannis onto the Iron Throne. As of right now she is still adamant that Stannis is the one true king even if her fires say something else.

There was not much action in this book except for maybe one battle. Also, it focused more on the East and North of Westeros so the wall, Pentos, Volantis, Meereen, Beyond the wall. But that’s really my only complaint is that the book could have had more pace to it but it was still engaging nonetheless.

One of the things I enjoyed about this book was catching up with Bran stark and the reeds on their quest to seek out the Three Eyed Raven and I am so happy that a scene that happened in the show did not happen in the book but I understand why they chose that course of action in the show. (Spoiler, now that Bran has found the three eyed raven and began training to be a Greenseer and Warg, the Reed children do not really have a part to play in his journey anymore. But I am hoping that they do not disappear as I really like these Characters). I can’t wait to see how Bran Gets on and how far he could harness his powers.

I particularly enjoyed Daenerys Targaryen chapters in Meereen. I found it quite refreshing to go from a place in Westeros right over the sea to the East. We see the decisions that she makes as Queen and how she cannot save everyone no matter how much she wishes to and the difficult decisions she has to make as well as sacrificing what she wants. Her dragons aren’t really seen in this book. They are very much contained aside from one and we can all guess which dragon that would be.

Lastly, an instroduction of a new character Penny a dwarf present at Jofferys wedding and death crosses paths with Tyrion I found it refreshing for Tyrion to interact with someone who sort of understands him even if they both have completely different backgrounds but it was so sweet how he treated her. (I SHIP IT!)

There was a massive shock reveal in this book that completely changed my perspective on the Game of Thrones. Let’s just say it concerns the Targaryen line and Martell line and Oh my God I was not expecting this at all. Can’t wait to see how this plays out like Holy crap! Things got a little bit more intense.

Overall, I give this book 4/5 stars as there were some chapters that I could have gone without but other than that a good read. One more book to go before I’ve read the series so far. Hope you enjoyed this Review 


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5

Apr 19, 2015

This book is so incredibly well written!

The characters and story are so cleverly developed!!

The world is so enchanting and feels so amazingly real!!!

Everything is just so fantastic and, despite this book's size, you can't help but get gripped and completely lost in it!!!!

This series is truly brilliant and this book fully supports that!!!!!
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May 04, 2012

With only five months between my reading of A Feast for Crows and this, I dread to imagine how confused readers would be who'd been forced to wait the full five years between publications. I was confused as hell. I can see why George R.R. Martin thought he had to split books four and five this way - geographically - but I'm not convinced. This time the book focuses on the viewpoints that A Feast for Crows had ignored - concentrating on Jon, Tyrion, Daenerys, Bran and Reek (view spoiler)[(the With only five months between my reading of A Feast for Crows and this, I dread to imagine how confused readers would be who'd been forced to wait the full five years between publications. I was confused as hell. I can see why George R.R. Martin thought he had to split books four and five this way - geographically - but I'm not convinced. This time the book focuses on the viewpoints that A Feast for Crows had ignored - concentrating on Jon, Tyrion, Daenerys, Bran and Reek (view spoiler)[(the wretch formerly known as Theon Greyjoy) (hide spoiler)] - and staying mostly around The Wall, the lands beyond The Wall and everything to the east of Westeros - is that Essos? But, for me it didn't work. I can see I'm going to have undertake a massive re-reading programme before Winds of Winter comes out, whenever that is. 2015 is my guess.

The characterisation and writing was up to Martin's usual standards, but by-and-large, the book felt like the collection of chapters that just weren't quite good enough to go into A Feast for Crows. I think a large part of this is because the story is covering the same ground as that book. A lot of what you're reading isn't exactly new or shocking. Instead it's stuff you were generally able to guess or surmise from the parallel chapters.

Combined with my previous complaint about Martin's book one of a pair, A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow , the story is really only half the story. Instead of excitement and action, you've got a lot of Martin moving his pieces around the board of his world so that they're all in the right places for the finale. Except the finale never comes because that's supposed to be in the next half. There's no sense of arriving at the end of this book, presumably the publisher has just took a knife through the middle of the spine of the hardback edition and used that as their guide for the two paperbacks.

That said, there's a lot to like about this book. The characters you missed from the previous book are back. Tyrion is as delightful and witty as ever, Jon is further developing his third dimension and realising that being Lord of the Watch involves some hard decisions, while Theon may still be a complete shit, you do also start to feel a little sorry for him, and Daenerys continues to try and juggle the desire to be both a fierce warrior princess with her need to be a compassionate queen who looks after the people in her kingdom. In all, a good start, but not a complete novel. ...more
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Mar 12, 2015

I'm pretty sure as soon as I finish the second part of book 5, this installment will be my favourite.
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Mar 21, 2017

My Rating: 5/5

Guys I really don't know what to say actually. The novel is really great like all the other asoiaf novels.
I am now a fan boy and My review don't actually count as a review. I will try to write a review for this book with the second part of adwd. Thank you.<>
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Jan 14, 2018

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one."


Okay, so this took me a little longer to finish than I expected. But oh god, I didn't mind one bit.

George R R Martin continues to surprise me. I expected a lot from this book in the series, no different from any of the other ones, but so much happend I really needed to sit back after every chapter and try to comprehend what just happend.

The characters were really great, and so fucking disgusting "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one."


Okay, so this took me a little longer to finish than I expected. But oh god, I didn't mind one bit.

George R R Martin continues to surprise me. I expected a lot from this book in the series, no different from any of the other ones, but so much happend I really needed to sit back after every chapter and try to comprehend what just happend.

The characters were really great, and so fucking disgusting it made me want to rip out every page the person was on and burn them until there was nothing left but the ashes of the pages, I said I wanted to not that I actually would have. I feel like every time Martin killed a hated character off, he'd just a even worse one just to piss people off. But I loved it (Does that make me weird?????). I can't really say anything else without giving anything away, so I'm going to end that there.

The writing is, as always, flawless. But I will say this, I know how a lot of people say that the books are a bit long and that they could be shortend to about half the actual book. Usually I would disagree, but in this case I kind or get where they're coming from. It could be a bit shorter but not that much.

All in all, George R R Martin has taken the game of thrones to a whole new level. ...more
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Oct 19, 2012


Tyrion, Jon, Daenerys, Davos... They're back!!! Yes!

It is soo good to know where they ended up after A Storm of Swords. I missed Jaime, but I didn't have much time to think about that because of so many new events. I mean, ''Griff'' and his son? Oh, that was so interesting! That changes everything and I can't wait to see what happens next.

This part of series was very intense, which made it almost impossible to put down. Even when I had to take a break from reading, A Dance with Dragons was in
Tyrion, Jon, Daenerys, Davos... They're back!!! Yes!

It is soo good to know where they ended up after A Storm of Swords. I missed Jaime, but I didn't have much time to think about that because of so many new events. I mean, ''Griff'' and his son? Oh, that was so interesting! That changes everything and I can't wait to see what happens next.

This part of series was very intense, which made it almost impossible to put down. Even when I had to take a break from reading, A Dance with Dragons was in my head. Now I am sorry that there's just one more book (A Dance with Dragons part 2) to read, and then... well, nothing. We wait. Huh.
George R. R. Martin - please hurry and write. Write!

5 stars for this part, it was even better than I expected. ...more
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Jan 23, 2016



The end (at least in polish edition it ended on this scene):





Off we go to the next part, which is even longer!

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January 2, 2014

Page 316, read it, turn it, other side of 316 makes NO SENSE, pay money for this and it is missing writing unless it's a misprint in the original copy!
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Apr 05, 2015

I love it but some places were a bit slower than others which is why I couldn't rate in 5 stars. One more book left!!!
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Apr 28, 2014

I started reading this book back in November, but about a third of the way in I got a little fed up with it and put it down. I can't say whether I was still a bit put off by A Feast for Crows, or simply not in the mood, but it didn't grab me and I was fearing another well-written novel that was ultimately a slog. It was only when my brother came to visit me at Christmas and promised me things do pick up that I decided to give it another go. He wasn't wrong, things certainly did get better almost I started reading this book back in November, but about a third of the way in I got a little fed up with it and put it down. I can't say whether I was still a bit put off by A Feast for Crows, or simply not in the mood, but it didn't grab me and I was fearing another well-written novel that was ultimately a slog. It was only when my brother came to visit me at Christmas and promised me things do pick up that I decided to give it another go. He wasn't wrong, things certainly did get better almost as soon as I started reading again and I ended up really enjoying this part of A Dance with Dragons. Now, as is my usual ASOIAF thing, I am going to use my review space to record my thoughts and ideas about this volume of the epic saga- a traditional review at this point in the series seems unhelpful. If you haven't read the books up to this point, there may be spoilers ahead.

First, hurrah that my favourite characters are back! Up at the Wall, it has been great seeing Jon Snow take on (view spoiler)[the role of Lord Commander (hide spoiler)]. Seeing how he copes with this from his own point of view is great- power truly is a burden. His interactions with and feelings about other main characters are interesting too, including Mance Rayder, Melisandre and Stannis. I also really like the fact that Jon never seems to forget Ygritte. This was the storyline that really drew me to Jon and made him my favourite character (well, favourite character who is still alive, at least!), so it was warming to see him remembering his lover and the things she used to say to him.

Melisandre continues to intrigue, especially now (view spoiler)[she has a point of view too. Her plots with Mance Rayder, her ability to somehow 'bodyswitch' people (for want of a better word), and her visions in the fire (hide spoiler)] are great in this story and I hope to see more from her in part two of this book.

Stannis' story is moving on nicely, although it is strange to see this being narrated by other points of view. Still, I'm hoping to see his (view spoiler)[challenge on the swines in Winterfell (hide spoiler)] in part two, as well as (view spoiler)[finding out the fate of Asha Greyjoy and her Iron Islanders who were surprised by Stannis at Deepwood Motte (hide spoiler)]. A little part of me hopes to see Stannis succeed.

On to Stannis' Hand, Davos, who I was happy to see returning in this novel. In A Feast for Crows the reader learns second hand that (view spoiler)[Davos has been executed by Wyman Manderley at White Harbour, which actually turns out to be completely untrue. In these books, as with real life, never believe everything you hear on the grapevine! The direction which Davos' tale has taken has great potential and I hope to see more of this in part two as well (hide spoiler)]. Lady Dustin at Winterfell tells Theon she thinks Manderley is a craven- fancy that!

In this volume of the story, we finally learn what has happened to Theon Greyjoy after his disastrous attempt to become the Prince of Winterfell, and what a sorry story that is. I never thought, after the events of A Clash of Kings, that I would feel sorry for Theon (view spoiler)[Reek (hide spoiler)], but there we go. In these books, no-one is black and white; there are shades of grey in most characters, with Theon and Jaime Lannister being notable examples of this. Speaking of Jaime, I missed him in this story and hope that he appears in part two as the timelines from books four and five meet up. Back to Theon's point of view, and isn't Ramsay Bolton an evil piece of work! My goodness, he makes Jaime Lannister in the early days seem tame and kind. I can see his whole world crashing down soon though, what with (view spoiler)[the fake Arya he has married, and it also seems to me that being back at Winterfell is reminding Theon who he is and what he could achieve. Also, I have a feeling that those musicians at Ramsay's wedding might just be Mance Rayder and his army of spearwives who are on a mission to rescue Arya and bring her to the Wall (hide spoiler)].

Daenerys' story seems to be slowing down now, which is both good and bad for me as a reader. I do enjoy watching her grow as a woman and a ruler, but I also expected her to be making moves towards Westeros by now. Still, she is an interesting character so watching her rule Meereen is hardly a chore. I do wonder if (view spoiler)[Jorah Mormont, who I was NOT expecting to see reintroduced in such a way, will reach her with Tyrion in tow. What will the Dragon Queen make of this, I wonder (hide spoiler)], and will her suitors who all set sail in A Feast for Crows reach her? Seeing Tyrion again has been delightful, and the secret he reveals while aboard the Shy Maid is superb. (view spoiler)[Another Targaryen thrown into the mix changes all sorts! I wonder if I will see more of him, and whether he will make it to Westeros (hide spoiler)].

All this mixed in with a chapter from Dorne use part one to both progress and set part two of the novel up well. I am not sure splitting this novel and Feast geographically has worked so well for me, but at least we're getting back to some good storytelling with an exciting plot and unexpected twists from GRRM. Now onto part two for hopefully more of the same! ...more
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May 29, 2013

Reading this straight of the bat after A Feast for Crows made this book a lot easier to follow (it's going to be hard after this one till The Winds of Winter come out to remember everything).

Martin apologizes with saying that not much story actually happen with this book, but I'd rather look at it as learning and understanding the characters more in this volume than in last volumes. I think in this series a lot of people are disappointed that its not all blood shed and tears after the epic and Reading this straight of the bat after A Feast for Crows made this book a lot easier to follow (it's going to be hard after this one till The Winds of Winter come out to remember everything).

Martin apologizes with saying that not much story actually happen with this book, but I'd rather look at it as learning and understanding the characters more in this volume than in last volumes. I think in this series a lot of people are disappointed that its not all blood shed and tears after the epic and eventful A Storm of Swords. I would like to point out that you can't really root for someone to take the Iron Throne if you can't fully understand why they want too.

You have Dany who could get her Unsullied and Dragons and take the Iron Throne, but first she has to learn to rule a city. She can't just take the Seven Kingdoms and leave it in chaos (Like Cersei is doing).

You have Jon Snow who is always questioning if he is doing the right thing as Lord Commander. You really get into his mind in this volume. Is he leading the Nights Watch into chaos with trusting the Wildlings to the wall, whilst trying to figure out what to do if the Wights and The Others prepare an attack.

With every word Martin writes the more you understand and the more annoyance you will have, either it's the characters you love or the characters you love to hate. Martin has his world and now yours characters sunk into your skin and has made you care about them and we just sit along and go with the whirlwind ride that is A Song of Ice and Fire. ...more
5

May 03, 2015

Another great and exciting book! Things sure are starting to heat up in regards where the story is heading. Some of the revelations revealed in this book where astounding in relation to the story too. Now comes the hard choice....this 'book 5' is in two parts so I do have another to read but because we are still awaiting a release date for book 6, well, I think I may put off reading part 2 for now because it's going to drive me mad waiting for the new book, I have had it on good authority from Another great and exciting book! Things sure are starting to heat up in regards where the story is heading. Some of the revelations revealed in this book where astounding in relation to the story too. Now comes the hard choice....this 'book 5' is in two parts so I do have another to read but because we are still awaiting a release date for book 6, well, I think I may put off reading part 2 for now because it's going to drive me mad waiting for the new book, I have had it on good authority from other users on here that the wait is indeed maddening haha.... ...more
5

January 13, 2016

these books are never disappointing. only disappointing thing is that i am only one book away from the end of this epic masterpiece.
4

Jul 05, 2019

Possibly the best one yet, but maybe that's only because it followed the God awful Feast for Crows. I now have one Game of Thrones book left and I've finished the series. I'm reading them for my brother's sake, mostly, who read them all whilst travelling the world and wanted to talk to me about them. I've given them 4 stars, which is maybe a push for a lot of them, I can't say I 'really liked' them all. I'm not sure how I feel about them.

George R.R. Martin once said something like, 'I don't Possibly the best one yet, but maybe that's only because it followed the God awful Feast for Crows. I now have one Game of Thrones book left and I've finished the series. I'm reading them for my brother's sake, mostly, who read them all whilst travelling the world and wanted to talk to me about them. I've given them 4 stars, which is maybe a push for a lot of them, I can't say I 'really liked' them all. I'm not sure how I feel about them.

George R.R. Martin once said something like, 'I don't enjoy writing, I enjoy having written.' And funnily enough, that's what reading them is like. Sitting down and reading them is a bit of a chore, I don't have the time of my life reading them and a lot of the time I'm counting the pages down. However, once the book is behind me, I don't mind, and I chat to my brother like a fan.
I enjoy having read. ...more
5

Nov 08, 2013

4.75/5
Going to keep this a shorter review this time with no 'spoilery' sections because there is waaaay too much to talk about and I would definitely be writing this review into next year...
Yet again another fantastic book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. Every single book in this series I think to myself 'At some point this series is going to stop being epic and I'm going to reach a point when it doesnt get any better' but nope. I was wrong. Not only does this series get better and better 4.75/5
Going to keep this a shorter review this time with no 'spoilery' sections because there is waaaay too much to talk about and I would definitely be writing this review into next year...
Yet again another fantastic book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. Every single book in this series I think to myself 'At some point this series is going to stop being epic and I'm going to reach a point when it doesnt get any better' but nope. I was wrong. Not only does this series get better and better but it gets even more detailed and amazing and the plot twists get bigger and the characters get more and more fantastic and I've honestly run out of words to use in these reviews because I feel like I am constantly repeating myself!
It was so lovely to see my favourite characters back again (aka Jon, Daenerys and Tyrion) and to find out what had happened to them during the last book!
Also those plot twists! Not giving any away but for any of you guys who have read the books then you know the ones I mean; The lost Lord and Manse!!!
Cant believe I've only got part 2 of A Dance with Dragons left and then I'm up to date! Lets just hope that the next ones don't let me down! (even though I'm 100% sure that they wont!)

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5

Oct 11, 2014

This continues on after A Storm Of Swords, telling us the story of the characters who were not present in A Feast For Crows. This time we’re seeing more of the north and across the sea, finding out what was going on in the time frame of A Feast Of Crows in the south. I can honestly say I enjoyed this one a lot more than A Feast For Crows, but for me that was due to the stories of my favourite characters being brought back to the forefront of our attention along with them developing further. I’ll This continues on after A Storm Of Swords, telling us the story of the characters who were not present in A Feast For Crows. This time we’re seeing more of the north and across the sea, finding out what was going on in the time frame of A Feast Of Crows in the south. I can honestly say I enjoyed this one a lot more than A Feast For Crows, but for me that was due to the stories of my favourite characters being brought back to the forefront of our attention along with them developing further. I’ll also say that in this book I started to like some of the characters more than I had done in the past, my dislike for certain characters fading as their story unfolded more. It is another great read in the series, with a lot of interesting plots coming to light throughout.

It’s a must read for anyone who has already read the previous books, continuing on with the writing style that is easily accessible and the characters we have grown to love (or hate), along with plot twists as the game of thrones continues and grows more complex.

Filled with twists and turns it continues along the great storyline that exists throughout the series. You really do need to appreciate the magic world that Martin has created along with all the brilliant characters. ...more
4

Jun 18, 2017

Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

It's been about four or so years since I read the fourth book in the Game of Thrones series so it was very helpful that George R.R Martin wrote a little introduction reminding readers that the events of this book happen at the same time as the events in A Feast for Crows but is told from the perspectives of the characters we didn't see in the fourth book, Tyrion, Daenerys, Jon, as well as Bran and Reek. I think that's a great idea because we're not losing their stories Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

It's been about four or so years since I read the fourth book in the Game of Thrones series so it was very helpful that George R.R Martin wrote a little introduction reminding readers that the events of this book happen at the same time as the events in A Feast for Crows but is told from the perspectives of the characters we didn't see in the fourth book, Tyrion, Daenerys, Jon, as well as Bran and Reek. I think that's a great idea because we're not losing their stories by having the characters all pushed into one book so we get lengthy, descriptive events that don't feel rushed. It also means that at the end of the second part of the A Dance with Dragons everyone will be caught up and all the characters, that are still alive, will be ready for The Winds of Winter. 

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

Following a Feast for Crows Tyrion is now in Pentos, escaping King's Landing after murdering his father and discovering the deception of Shae as well as being wrongly accused of murdering his nephew, Joffrey. He basically drinks wine, travels secretly from place to place and wonders "where whores go" as a side effect of his low spirits after being betrayed by Shae and thrown out of King's Landing with a price on his head. I have to admit that his whining and pining over his lost whores and loves was super annoying to me and I was just waiting for him to get over it but his sadness does make for some creative events. He did eventually seem to get past it the further he was from King's Landing and now Tyrion sails to Daenerys in the hope of joining her bid for the throne and I am so ready for that dynamic duo to meet and be awesome together. 

Daenerys is at an impasse with the Harpies and leaders that refuse to give up their slaving ways as they murder her men but slip from her grasp, as well as not having the time to properly care for her dragons who grow larger with each passing day. I really felt terrible for Daenerys when she started realising she couldn't control her dragons anymore when their deadly fire started reaching more than sheep and other animals. Trying to keep them chained or under control in such a hostile environment will only turn them more feral but she has no choice with her position. She is a wonderful leader though and she has such an admirable ideal of caring for her people. 

"I am the blood of the dragon. If they are monsters, so am I."

It's interesting that Daenerys is really pining for Daario throughout most of this book too while at the same time conceding to the fact that she must arrange a marriage with someone important to secure more power. There isn't a large amount of romance in these books either, partly because they're busy planning wars and partly because everyone dies so I totally shipped Dany and Daario throughout the whole book. She also mentions so often how her womb is infertile and dead after that terrible woman killed her child and she lost Drogo as well so I'm still pining for the hope that she might be cured someday and be able to carry on the Targaryen line!

Meanwhile, Jon and Stannis are at The Wall where Jon is now the 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. Being elected is more of a curse than a gift but Jon is probably the only man there strong enough to bear it. Even with the petty power plays and enemies in disguise as friends that threaten inside and out. While Stannis plays an important role at the wall we really didn't see much of him in this book because the main relationship Jon had was with the mysterious, terrifying Melisandre who craves Jon's trust. Not much happened for Jon throughout this part so that was a little disappointing but I think it's setting up for something interesting with The Wall and Melisandre. 

“Kill the boy, Jon Snow. Winter is almost upon us. Kill the boy and let the man be born.”

Then Reek's first chapter opens to him eating a rat and yes, it's very disgusting. I never liked his character but I do feel so terrible for him of course because Ramsay is such a monster and he doesn't deserve this extreme torture. Ramsay Bolton seems to think he'll be marrying Arya Stark and is going to take Reek when he goes on his trip to fetch his bride, I don't think so! I had forgotten what happened with this storyline until it happened and then I started finding more interest in Reek's chapters but I'll still always be a little eh when I turn the page to his chapter. His chapters are important though because we get vital information about the awful Ramsay Bolton and Winterfell. 

I think Bran's journey in this book is the most important interesting of the whole group because he was experiencing something far greater and more vast than preparing for a war or hoping to sit on an iron throne. There are magic and supernatural wonders around dragons and whitewalkers but nothing can really top Bran's ability to see and travel through time to see what others have seen and walk through someone else's body. I really hope we see more incredible parts of history in this universe through Bran. Also, did anyone else notice when Leaf said the unicorns were "all but gone" which sounds to me like there may still be unicorns in the seven kingdoms! Now I will spend the rest of the series with an unrealistic expectation that someone will see a unicorn! 

Overall, I was pretty impressed with this book because it was immersive from start to finish even though there really wasn't many shocking events because it was coming off the big drama in the third book and we're also building up to big events in the sixth book. I'm a little disappointed that there was nothing to shock me and make my eyes pop out but I really love the direction all the characters are going into with the next part. I think he has an incredible talent with writing to make just one book series be the massive world that we could never stop exploring if he was immortal and never stopped writing books about the Seven Kingdoms. I'm so excited to read the second part now and be all caught up for 2078 when The Winds of Winter is released and Bran rides a unicorn!  ...more
4

Oct 13, 2012

I enjoyed this book; it was the easiest to read, probably because all the good story lines that were missing in A Feast for Crows are back - Jon, Daenerys, Tyrion. But on top of these there are more new people, more new places. I've kinda given up trying to keep track of the people in the newer ones because the cast list is getting a bit unwieldy. And quite a major new thread has been introduced into this already incredibly complex series, one with no fore-shadowing whatsoever: it's just I enjoyed this book; it was the easiest to read, probably because all the good story lines that were missing in A Feast for Crows are back - Jon, Daenerys, Tyrion. But on top of these there are more new people, more new places. I've kinda given up trying to keep track of the people in the newer ones because the cast list is getting a bit unwieldy. And quite a major new thread has been introduced into this already incredibly complex series, one with no fore-shadowing whatsoever: it's just suddenly there. It's all getting a little much.

Still, stuff actually happens in this book which is good. Stories are moved forward (though the timelines have left me a little confused) and I'm intrigued to get to part 2 to see where they end up, and to catch up with the people we last left in Feast for Crows. ...more
4

Dec 16, 2014

I can't really review this without risking spoilers so suffice it to say that it was great to have some of my favourite characters back. Ramsay Snow/Bolton gets crazier and more awful with every appearance. Dany still has major issues. Bran's storyline is still depressing. Tyrion is just as sassy. Bring on part 2.

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