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A Dance With Dragons: A Song Of Ice And Fire: Book Five

by George R.r. Martin

Random House Publishing Group | July 12, 2011 | Hardcover

A Dance With Dragons: A Song Of Ice And Fire: Book Five is rated 3.3548 out of 5 by 31.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES

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 landmark series—as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.
 
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK FIVE
 
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.

Praise for A Dance with Dragons
 
“Filled with vividly rendered set pieces, unexpected turnings, assorted cliffhangers and moments of appalling cruelty, A Dance with Dragons is epic fantasy as it should be written: passionate, compelling, convincingly detailed and thoroughly imagined.”The Washington Post
 
“Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers.”—The New York Times
 
“One of the best series in the history of fantasy.”—Los Angeles Times 

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 1040 pages, 9.47 × 6.46 × 2.03 in

Published: July 12, 2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553801473

ISBN - 13: 9780553801477

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Much and more needed to happen The first 500 pages were perfect. Then we got into the AFFC POV's and it seemed to slow down to a trot. Remember when Catelyn went from Winterfell to Kings Landing in a chapter in AGOT? Yeah well now it takes everyone two books to get where they're going. The past two books could have been trimmed to one book of 900 pages and not lost much. Compound that with the lame cliffhanger of a main character and this book leaves a terrible taste in your mouth. There is no climax. Think ACOK buildup to the Blackwater and then have to wait for the next book to read the battle. Thats what this is. You're a good writer GRRM, you just need an editor to trim the fat!
Date published: 2013-08-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Please Martin, don't become Jordan This book had a whole lot to do about nothing until the last 150 pages when 10 things happened, but none of them of real consequence barring one event. Martin's first 4 books were brilliant - he's a great writer and a great story teller - but this last book reminded me of Robert Jordan's "let's drag it out another 6 books" WoT series style of writing. The absolute waste of time from some of the character perspective's (Reek, Daenerys) was mind blowing. So empty in some cases that the HBO series will probably combine Books 4 and 5 or Books 5 and 6 into one season, when/if they get that far. I was half way through the book, stopped, looked at what page # I was on and asked "has anything happened that's even interesting?". The answer was Arya and she had maybe 15% of the book. I hope Martin pulls his boots up for his next book. The first 4 books had me begging for the next book to come out, but after Book 5 I feel like telling Martin to take his time lol.
Date published: 2013-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Dance of Dragons This book continues where book 3/4 left off. For me it was finally achance to read about some of my favorite characters that I haven't read about since book 3. It was excellent I did find however that the story picked up during the last half of the book.
Date published: 2013-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The plot inches forward ... It took me entirely too long to get through this book. I kept putting it down in favour of something else/new, and then finally went back to it and plowed through. Thank goodness I did! As other reviewers have mentioned, this book doesn't advance the plot as much as its 1000+ pages would warrant, but it was still really good. The last 20% or so make me keen for the sequel, which I hope isn't as far off as all have predicted. When the characters of Westeros told their narratives, I was enthralled, and when we crossed over to the free cities (Meereen etc) I was completely confused by all the characters and alliances. Those sections were a bit unwieldy, and to a large extent, unnecessary as far as I can tell for plot development. However, if you are a fan of this series, every book is a "must read" ... and this one is no exception.
Date published: 2013-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A LITTLE LONG WINDED The seven Kingdoms are still in a very precarious state. Closing in are all the players vying for the Throne of Swords. They are all closing in but seemingly are not getting any closer. Everyone is in exile, in prison or too far away and too busy staying alive to take a clear foothold. I liked the book and it pains me to post what amounts to a negative review, especially since I have been a fan of this series from book one, but this one just dragged things out a little too much. I enjoyed the sections of the book dealing with Tyrion and Reek and it was wonderful to see Cersei get a much needed come-uppance. Those parts are what redeemed the book in my eyes. It’s one thing to write an epic saga, but one has to know when to pull the various factions in just a little bit tighter. I also felt that towards the end of the book things were becoming a little too comic-book-ish. I certainly could have done without the lengthy descriptions of Tyrion riding around on his pig. Another excellent series where I felt this happened was the Left Behind series by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. As things progressed, rather than becoming tighter with more anticipation it sank into cartoonishness. Interestingly enough, it also involved a pig. Ever since Fonzie tried to “jump the shark” that has become a catch-phrase for television shows that have no where else to go. Maybe “riding the pig” could be a catch-phrase for epic book series that are not winding up quickly enough?
Date published: 2012-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I've only ever done the fox trot but what the heck, let's dance with some dragons A Dance with Dragons is the fifth novel in the seven planned novel series of A Song of Ice and Fire. The fifth novel builds and expands on where the rest of the series has left off, with unexpected twists and turns. A Dance with Dragons just helps stoke the fires for wanting the sixth and seventh books to come out even faster. Great novel, I loved it just like the first for four novels. Check out this series. Don't be intimidated by there size, they will grab hold of your imagination and keep you turning page after page.
Date published: 2012-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real masterpiece Mr. Martin has managed to have me fall in love all over again. The fourth book was a bit of a disappointment but this brought me right back in. This is the most real life fantasy there is. So many story lines and characters it's hard to keep up sometimes but of course there's so many characters! He's created an entire world and enough culture to fill it. Absolutely awesome.
Date published: 2012-09-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tedious. Loved the first 3 books. 4 was still good. Book 5 is painful. Do we really need to add new characters and subplots to the point that I feel I need to take notes while reading. I read for pleasure. This book has been a lesson in pain.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Dance With Dragons I cannot even begin to fathom how Mr Martin keeps track of all the characters and bloodlines in his books but I must say it is sure fun to read about all the inner workings and political machinations that he puts into his story. Can't wait to see where he take it from here.
Date published: 2012-07-09
Rated out of 5 by from Really enjoying this series cant wait for the next one. I love the format of following a single character for each chapter and love the way it all ties together.
Date published: 2012-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read I've now read the first 5 books of this series and absolutely love them, can't wait for The Winds Of Winter to be released. George R.R. Martin is a great author ands leaves you craving more, the way he writes his characters can have you love them and then hate them. Awesome read so addicting!
Date published: 2012-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the Wait :) :) I think this book was the best in series so far. I can't wait until the next book is released and I am hoping it isn't too far in the future. I suppose I'll have to get my Game of Thrones fix through HBO for now :D
Date published: 2011-11-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A disapointment I have enjoyed reading the series of books. The last one was too confusing for me. It took a few chapters to begin making sense of the plot. The author tried to put too many characters in the story. After so many pages, the end is a disapointment; I feel we are no closer to understand where every little stories are going than at the beginning of the book. Too many references to legends the reader is unable to understand. Better luck with the next Mr Martin!
Date published: 2011-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from And people called me crazy... I jumped on the Song of Ice and Fire bandwagon about 5 years ago, just after Feast for Crows came out. I loved the series then, and I love it now, especially with that awesome new television adaptation which is fabulous and I hope continues to be so! I have waited five years for this book, and many of my friends thought me crazy for hanging on so long to wait for the fifth of seven novels. Well I must say it was worth the wait. I loved it! I was so glad to see these old friends after so long! Granted the first few chapters were a tad confusing as I was trying to play catch up after five years hiatus, but that's to be expected. We're brought back to Westeros, Braavos, Pentos, the Dothraki Sea, along with some well remembered and loved characters. All the major player come back: Dany, Jon, Tyrion, Cersei, Jaimie and Bran, along with some supporting characters from previous books and interesting new ones. One of which has made me reconsider the highly speculated path of one much beloved Crow. Some of the character chapters also made me reevaluate my opinion of the featured character, which is always a good thing as it depicts writing skill and character development. Not all characters though. Some are still jerks. Something I thought was quite interesting that I think is a first for these books is the chapter names. Usually, the chapters are named after characters: Jon, Cersei. Sansa, Arya, Eddard, etc. And while that tradition continues in Dance with Dragons, I think a new tradition has been introduced alongside it. I noticed that some chapters weren't the character's name, but rather that character's perception of them self. For example in one chapter someone goes briefly to Winterfell, and repeats this mantra to themselves: "There are ghosts in Winterfell and I am one of them". Then sure enough the next chapter for that character is entitled Ghosts in/of Winterfell. I thought that was really nifty. Be warned however: The last character chapter is a cliffhanger. If you don't want a cliffhanger ending for anyone, hang on a bit before you read Dance with Dragons. It might make you angry. Made me angry, but in a total shock and "oh my God that did NOT just happen!" kind of way. But no matter how you slice it, Dance with Dragons is a must must must must read for any SoIF fans. Enjoy.
Date published: 2011-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well Worth the Wait. It was 6 years ago, that I found A Song of Ice and Fire and have been waiting for this book. Perhaps that is why I never gave up, or despaired. It is a book that leaves more questions than answers, but there is plenty of action unlike Feast, which in my opinion dragged on too much. It drastically sets up the last two novels in the series which will hopeful be coming quicker down the pipeline.
Date published: 2011-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding George R. R. Martin has done it again.
Date published: 2011-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS WILL BE AWESOME! People, relax. It takes time for a master writer to create an epic work of fiction, which this obviously is. I finished the fourth book just recently, and cant wait for July 12. All those who are freaking out about how long its been between books, RELAX! All long series are like this. I've been reading another series since the beginning, and its 3 or 4 years between books! A Song of Ice and Fire is so detailed, with so much going on, of course its going to take a long time! Martin won't let us down!
Date published: 2011-06-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from *sigh* Read the first four books, very quickly, and loved them. That was YEARS ago. I now am not sure if I really give a tinker's damn about this series anymore, and that is saying quite a bit. And the very weird part is this past week, I was in Northern Ireland for a family member's funeral. I happened to be in one of the bookstores in Belfast International Airport. This book is in mass market paperback there. I almost had a heart attack. Can someone explain this to me ?
Date published: 2011-06-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just So We're All Clear... I absolutely love Martin no matter how many more years I have to wait for this bloody book, but please keep in mind that he does more than sit and work on a single story all day. He edits a ridiculous amount of things, he writes other stories, he goes to conventions as a guest speaker, and he's working on the HBO series. The man has a lot on his plate, so it's understandable for the books to be taking a long time to be released. That being said, Feast for Crows and Dance with Dragons were written as one book, which had to be split into two due to publishing constraints. Feast for Crows came out in 2005, and we're still waiting for essentially the second half that should have been out 6 years ago. Thus, the anger is definitely understandable, and the book should have come out either at the same time as Crows, or a few months after. But, he keeps going back and fixing/changing things in the plot. Arya, Cersei, Jaime, Sansa...none of these characters will be in Dance with Dragons, as Feast for Crows held one half of the characters' chapters, and Dragons will hold the second, so we won't be getting plot points cleared up from the end of Crows for another decade or so. Suffice to say, the man is extremely busy outside of writing this series, and I'd be more understanding if the book wasn't supposed to be out around 2005/2006. Go check his blog if you want information straight from him on the progress of the novel, but in the meantime, start a new series. As someone above said, the Malazan series is excellent if at times confusing. Goodkind's Sword of Truth is also consistently excellent. So be angry, but be constructive with the anger, and start another series. The book will come out eventually, and hopefully Martin won't die before the series is done.
Date published: 2011-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oh what a tangled web... It seems quite obvious to me that this book is either (a) not written at all at this point or (b) is such a mess that it needs to be re-written; either way, it's going to dissappoint. That is a ridiculous release date (Christmas 2012) and I am sure is "subject to change." Perhaps at one point there was a plan to this story but the threads have either unravelled, tangled or broken. IF it ever gets done, I'll read the mass market edition - maybe. This is quite a disservice to his loyal readers who deserve much better, so I am not sure I want to give any support to this sham. I've moved on to Steven Erikson and his 'Malazan Book of the Fallen' 10 volume series which I think are better written and have been published at regular intervals with a consistent level of excellent quality. For those of you who have given up or have say two years to kill, maybe give "Gardens of the Moon" a try.
Date published: 2010-12-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Completely DISGUSTED!!! I was...and I repeat WAS a very big fan of George...but sadly I must say that I am done with him and have told many others of his lack of true devotion to his fans. Lies and excuses are no way to keep your fans. I will not be supporting George by purchasing any more of his books. I have enjoyed them...but I am now actually angry. It is not even a matter of patience any more. It has gone totally beyond the realm of ridiculous. Bye bye George!! Maybe someday when the series is completed I will consider reading it again...IF I LIVE THAT LONG!!!
Date published: 2010-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just be patient I think everyone just needs to sit and relax. The book will get here when it gets here and there's nothing that we say right now that will make it come any faster! Being a writer has to be a tough job, I can't imagine thinking of all the things he has, with all the varying plot lines, and still know where I'm wanting everything to head. I will gladly wait out the time for the book to be released, and last I saw that would be 2012; however, many books can be bumped up in their release date, so everyone please relax and keep your eyes peeled for it! I know I will.
Date published: 2010-02-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I'm sorry but I missed the point... I, like the others commenting, am waiting for the fifth book in this series. Thankfully, I have only come to this series recently, so the wait for me should (according to the current release date) be manageable. My dilemma is this. I don't know that I care what happens next. Most books, in my extensive experience, have a point. Have a purpose. Make you yearn for a specific ending. Conflict is generated to make that specific outcome uncertain. But this series has gone in so many different directions with so many different characters that cohesion of any kind has been lost. Even if, in book 5, we find out that Bran has turned into an ice giant and started communing with the Gods of Old directly, it will in no way affect whether Daenerys makes it across the sea to retake the Seven Kingdoms. And I speak of two of the only three characters that I am at all interested in. The other being Jon Snow. When I first picked up these books, I assumed (wrongly) that these were going to be about the Starks and about Daenerys. I understood that the Baratheon/Lannister storyline was important back/co-story but I had no idea it was to become THE story. I am disappointed. Very disappointed. To start with a complex family relationship and a clear threat to it (ie. Dany) and fracture it is frustrating. As the Starks have been killed off, MORE focus should have been put on the remaining members. Not less. My last point of complaint is about the introduction of characters that "seem" to have some importance in late book three and book four. Was it necessary to introduce us to the knight that is protecting Myrcella, give him a back story and then kill him off rather pathetically within the same HALF of a novel? Where is the fun in that? I will end my commentary here. I have written more than enough. And sadly, could write more. Will I read this book? Yes. Will it give me any kind of satisfaction? That remains to be seen but I'm not confident of a positive answer. Sadly done Mr. Martin. Poorly done. Perhaps, as another commentatory mentioned, you should have stuck with one thing at a time.
Date published: 2010-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Getting frustrated When I started this series a few years ago, I read all 4 books back to back, I couldn't put them down. I read them not realizing that it would take YEARS to get the next installment. I wish someone would have warned me before I even picked up the first book. I will be warning anyone I know that wants to read them to wait until a definitive, realistic release date is set. They are amazing books, but seriously, this is getting ridiculous. Why does it have to be delayed yet again? I really would like to know what the problem is.
Date published: 2009-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Make a choice I am a very big fan of Mr. Martin's work. And despite the delays in publication of this book i will continue to remain a fan until series end. I am frustrated that this book has taken so long to come out, I cannot wait to read it as many other fans of Mr. Martin. However I am willing to wait. It may be a long and frustrating wait, but I am willing to do so as I have realized a few things. 1. Mr. Martin has a life. He does not need to be nor does he deserve to be chained to a desk to fulfill our demands. He began writing this series because he has a passion and interest for it, but as we all know if we spend months on one thing we lose that sed passion and interest. As much as I want him to hurry, I wont push it because I do not want him to be fed up with the series and crank out big steamy piles of nothing. 2. Mr. Martin has never once said that it would be ready by the times that most publishers do. Until the book is done, he refuses to make any promises, which I am glad for. These dates are therefore NOT Mr. Martin's fault. 3. There are other books in this world. My literary interest is not limited to A Song of Ice and Fire. As a result I will read other books until this one comes available, where I will re read the series to reacquaint myself with the characters and such. 4. Mr. Martin is not Robert Jordan. He will not 'pull a Jordan' and I think he's getting pretty angry at everyone saying that. 5. Harassing him like this will not make him want to finish the book, or finish it just to mess over all the fans who hounded him. All i keep hearing is that Mr. Martin needs to hurry up, sit down, stop writing other books yada yada yada. I've worked with toddlers with more patience and better manners than some of these Song of Ice and Fire fans. 6. I see that fans have 2 choices. Force the book or wait. If you force the book, you'll get a big steamy runny pile of nothing. If you wait you'll get gold. I've made my choice. What about you?
Date published: 2009-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, another long wait I really love this series. But this is getting rediculous. Plus how do you get the audio version at the end of this year, and not the hardcover book? Very confused on that one. Hurry up, we're all waiting!!!!
Date published: 2009-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get on with it-----PLEASE!!!! Mr Martin really needs to concentrate on one book/series at a time. To me that is why it's taking forever to get this book done. He has too many fingers in too many pies (Hunter's Run, Wild Card books, etc). Then he's out travelling here and there at book conventions, signings, etc. Mr Martin, please park your butt and finish this series. I'd really be upset to have wasted my time and money if you went and did what Robert Jordan did, which is what I've always feared when getting into a series I really like. Sorry Mr Jordan but I'm glad you told Mrs Jordan how the book was to end so Brandon Sanderson (who I've also read) can finish your work.
Date published: 2009-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well that's interesting After months and months of waiting the publication date of A Dance with Dragons is finally announced. But there must be some mistake with it, December 2035 for the hardcover edition!? At that time will the author still be around to finish the series? As a consolation though publishers will let us purchase an AudioBook version as earlier as September of this year! Personally i think the author should stop going to so many conventions etc and do some serious writing and give his fans what they really want, more books!
Date published: 2009-06-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Turned Off Are you kidding? There must be some mistake - the book will be published in 2035? Some of his current readers will no longer be of this world by then. What is the problem?
Date published: 2009-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hopeful and frustrated... I truly, thoroughly enjoy Martin's Ice and Fire series - I read the first four books one immediately following the other, as I simply couldn't put them down! As much as I hate to admit it, however, I am beginning to lose interest as I become increasingly frustrated with the wait for the fifth book... Since a fall 2008 publication date was first announced months ago, the date has already been pushed back more than a year, and I feel like it'll be another decade at least before I might finally be able to enjoy the denouement of this epic saga (IF Martin manages to tie everything up within seven books, as I believe has been intended to date)... I'm trying to be patient, but I just hope the story winds up being worth such a wait!!!!
Date published: 2008-12-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pushed back... yet again... I have thoroughly enjoyed the ice and fire series and have been eagerly awaiting its next installment. When I saw the release was scheduled for fall 2008 I was jubilant. I'd been warned when I started the series, "You're going to be waiting a long time for the last books, they're never going to be done". I just shrugged and read them anyways. Now, it seems, the people telling me to look elsewhere for a good fantasy series may have been right. 2013? Are you kidding me? By then most people won't care enough. It will go unread by most fans just for the fact that it's been so long, and god only knows when the next one will come out... 2020? I think it's a combination of too many projects at once, writer's block, and perhaps disinterest. It's speculation but it's all I've got. Here's to hoping I remember to look for this in 2013. Probably won't, but hey, who knows.
Date published: 2008-10-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from i refuse to wait until 2013!!!!!!!! worth the wait? who could know? this book went from a September 30, 2008 release date to an April 2013 release date. Why? It must be the kind of dreck that even his publisher wouldn't bother with. George has lost a faithful reader with this delay, a delay which just underlines the pathetic direction the series took beginning in A Storm of Swords. Try plotting your work a little instead of wasted rambling that contains little to no forethought, and perhaps your novels won't get delayed by 5 YEARS!!! By the way, the Wildcards books suck hard.
Date published: 2008-09-30

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A Dance With Dragons: A Song Of Ice And Fire: Book Five

by George R.r. Martin

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 1040 pages, 9.47 × 6.46 × 2.03 in

Published: July 12, 2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553801473

ISBN - 13: 9780553801477

About the Book

Dubbed "the American Tolkien" by "TIME" magazine, 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 landmark series--as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

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Tyrion He drank his way across the narrow sea. The ship was small and his cabin smaller, and the captain would not allow him abovedecks. The rocking of the deck beneath his feet made his stomach heave, and the wretched food they served him tasted even worse when retched back up. Besides, why did he need salt beef, hard cheese, and bread crawling with worms when he had wine to nourish him? It was red and sour, very strong. He sometimes heaved the wine up too, but there was always more. "The world is full of wine," he muttered in the dankness of his cabin. His father had never had any use for drunkards, but what did that matter? His father was dead. He ought to know; he''d killed him. A bolt in the belly, my lord, and all for you. If only I was better with a crossbow, I would have put it through that cock you made me with, you bloody bastard. Below decks there was neither night nor day. Tyrion marked time by the comings and goings of the cabin boy who brought the meals he did not eat. The boy always brought a brush and bucket too, to clean up. "Is this Dornish wine?" Tyrion asked him once, as he pulled a stopper from a skin. "It reminds me of a certain snake I knew. A droll fellow, till a mountain fell on him." The cabin boy did not answer. He was an ugly boy, though admittedly more comely than a certain dwarf with half a nose and a scar from eye to chin. "Have I offended you?" Tyrion asked the sullen, silent boy, as he was scrubbing. &qu
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES

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 landmark series—as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.
 
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK FIVE
 
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.

Praise for A Dance with Dragons
 
“Filled with vividly rendered set pieces, unexpected turnings, assorted cliffhangers and moments of appalling cruelty, A Dance with Dragons is epic fantasy as it should be written: passionate, compelling, convincingly detailed and thoroughly imagined.”—The Washington Post
 
“Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers.”—The New York Times
 
“One of the best series in the history of fantasy.”—Los Angeles Times 

About the Author

George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons—as well as Tuf Voyaging, Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven (with Lisa Tuttle), and Dreamsongs Volumes I and II. He is also the creator of The Lands of Ice and Fire, a collection of maps from A Song of Ice and Fire featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, and The World of Ice & Fire (with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson). As a writer-producer, Martin has worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Editorial Reviews

“Filled with vividly rendered set pieces, unexpected turnings, assorted cliffhangers and moments of appalling cruelty, A Dance with Dragons is epic fantasy as it should be written: passionate, compelling, convincingly detailed and thoroughly imagined.”—The Washington Post
 
“Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers.”—The New York Times
 
“One of the best series in the history of fantasy.”—Los Angeles Times
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