A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five by George R. R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five

byGeorge R. R. Martin

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Don’t miss the thrilling sneak peek of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Six, The Winds of Winter

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.
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
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“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***
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“One of the best series in the history of fantasy.”***—Los Angeles Times*** 

From the Paperback edition.

George R. R. Martin was born on September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. He began writing at an early age, selling monster stories for pennies to neighborhood children. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Journalism from Northwestern University. In 1986, he worked as a story editor for the CBS series The Twilight Zone. He was also a...
Title:A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book FiveFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 12, 2011Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still waiting Great series, bad timing but book 6 will be nice
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I climbed Everest, and I feel dizzy and lightheaded... George R. R. Martin continues his brilliant 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series with this 5th entry. He continues to widen the scope, but perhaps, beyond a cohesive story. Story Review: A Dance with Dragons continues the stories of the previous characters. Jon Snow has been elected as Lord Commander of the Night's watch, an ancient order charged with guarding the northern frontier. Daenerys Targaryen continues her rule of the former slave city of Meereen. Tyrion Lanister has fled to the eastern free cities after murdering his father and former mistress during his escape from imprisonment. Stannis Baratheon fights for his crown in the North, far from the capital. And that's not even half of the main characters, or the NEW characters just introduced that may prove pivotal to the resolution of the series! Mr. Martin does a wonderful job with making the world, which has fantasical Dragon, and years' long summer, real. There's inequity, slavery, nobility, honor and everything else under the sun, peppered throughout the world. No one is perfect, and everything is lived in. So many of the narrative characters reflect on past events, as this is a world that did not begin in book 1, but thousands of years ago. Memory is far from perfect, just as our own history is. Our vision is also imperfect, limited to certain narrative characters, not an omnipotent all-seeing eye. Where the book is not perfect, is the length and breadth. So many characters are covered in such detail, that it can be a guilty pleasure to follow Tyrion to a brothel, or Samwell Tarly get seasick on a ship. Or read over Jon's shoulder as her receives letters from other night's watch commanders. But the story lacks many cohesive threads. We are promised a resolution in futher books, but be careful that you find the joy in piecing together this tapestry as it will not simply be revealed in a single or simple way. The journey is worth taking, but the world is large, dark, and full of terrors. ***4/5*** Audio Review: Roy Dotrice provides narration to the story, like a grandfather reading you an epic bedtime story. While it can be riveting, I enjoyed listening to this while readying myself to sleep. Mr. Dotrice lacks much character range beyond that of the grandfather, he does not become the various narrative characters, but remains the reader. He can be forgiven, after all the near 50 hour run time would tax anyone. His consistent pace can be maddening during times when you want to read faster and further, but on balance he does not rush through your favourite scenes. ***3/5***
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Great story, the books are just as awesome as the TV series.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Great story, the books are just as awesome as the TV series.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book So sad to get to the end. Hope book six out soon
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from you wont be disappointed A solid addition to the series, definitely better than A Feast for Crows.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 down 2 to more to go.... Martin is expecting his series to be 7 books long. here's hoping that it stays that way, and that he's able to complete it. In this book, we catch up with some characters who we haven't seen since book 3. In this one, Martin starts to begin to head towards the end of the series. There are about two more books, about the size of this one or book 3 to come so lots can still happen yet. Definitely recommended if you've read the others thus far.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Did that just happen?!!!! Another amazing book in an epic series. Can't wait to see what happens in the next one. This was the first time the author focused on only half the characters while things are still happening to the other half it wasn't focused on as much. So interested to see what happens in the next book!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dance of Dragons Can't wait to get my hands on the next book! The waiting might just kill me. Mr. Martin, sir, please write faster!!!
Date published: 2015-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dance of Dragon Love it, I've enjoyed every book. Can't wait for the next ones. Very well written. Great story line and character building.
Date published: 2015-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from George is brilliant I'm in love with the characters. The story line is amazing if a little murky at times. The potential for speculation keeps you on the edge on your toes. Dying to read the next one. Ps please don't let the king crow die.
Date published: 2015-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Long but progress I feel like I've been reading this book for years. Mostly because it can't be done in one long sitting. It lags in places but key characters progress and I'm loving forward to the ultimate outcome.
Date published: 2015-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend! Great read. Characters are so rich, I had a hard time putting the book down. Many plots and sub-plots made for a exciting read. Well worth the time.
Date published: 2015-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was my second favourite, behind Storm of Swords. I loved all the Tyrion, Jon and Dany and the little bits of Arya, Sansa and Bran. I think I liked it so much because we saw a lot of book 1 game of thrones point of views which is the characters that we started with since the beginning. I would give this book a 4.5 stars if possible because I didn't really connect with the greyjoys or the Martell characters. Only Theon and Oberyn in previous books. I liked the two or so chapters with Asha but maybe I need more time on Victarion and Euron I'm not sure.. can't wait for the next one though!
Date published: 2015-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Compared to Feast, who wouldn't? Now hopefully Georgy gets Winds out soon.
Date published: 2015-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Martin needs to hurry with book 6. I hate the way HBO is now taking liberties with the story it could have been such a great series.
Date published: 2015-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the series yet Anyone who still question's George R R Martin's masterpiece series is clearly only acting to seem interesting.
Date published: 2015-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid continuation of the saga One of the best fantasy sagas ever, this 5th novel keeps a solid pace and leave the reader wanting for more.
Date published: 2015-03-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Song of Ice and Fire Dance with Dragons This is the most boring book of the series without question all of a sudden the Mother of Dragons is gone and all of these new characters get dropped on the reader? This book has turned me off Game of Thrones big timr
Date published: 2015-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, not great. Good, but not fantastic. Character development seems to have really stalled out in the last two books.
Date published: 2015-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A song of ice and fire 5 Awesome! ! Couldn't put it down! Can't wait for the next one! !!!!!!!!!! Winter is coming! !!!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Another amazing book. Found myself unable to put it down and awash with emotions as events continue to unfold in a fan of fire and ice. Can't wait for the next one
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Can't wait for the next book.
Date published: 2014-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Dance with Dragons book five It was very entertaining hope the next one will be the end of each chapter s
Date published: 2014-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from From frustrating to fantastic I wasn't sure about this book. It didn't start off well. I had literally just finished reading the one before this and still had trouble going back in time in my mind to remember what the heck had happened chronologically. Not sure why Mr. Martin switched formats in the middle of the series but as a reader, it was a little frustrating. Overall the story was good though. I managed to push through the frustration, occasional boredom due to chapters with characters that I didn't really care about, and disgust at anything having to do with Theon and really enjoyed it. Can't wait for the next one.
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Everything is coming together for the final battles.
Date published: 2014-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Blown away...angry...but blown away another incredible novel
Date published: 2014-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but sometimes prolonged There is a great book here. Just needed some editing. For a book this length, not enough happens and it is plagued by overused phrases and sayings that distract and annoy more than anything else. Still a lot of intriguing characters left and I'll be glad to open the next book.
Date published: 2014-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great A return for some of the beat characters who were missing in #4. Great read. Wish the 6th was here already.
Date published: 2014-06-18
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 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