A Dance With Dragons: Part 1 Dreams and Dust (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) Paperback – 15 Mar 2012
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‘Colossal, staggering… Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world … one of the greats of fantasy literature’
‘This is one of those rare and effortless reads’ ROBIN HOBB
‘George R.R. Martin is one of our very best writers, and this is one of his very best books’ RAYMOND E. FEIST
‘Such a splendid tale. I read my eyes out – I couldn’t stop till I’d finished and it was dawn’ ANNE MCCAFFREY
‘George Martin is assuredly a new master craftsman in the guild of heroic fantasy’ KATHARINE KERR
‘Few created worlds are as imaginative and diverse’ JANNY WURTS
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HBO's hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R R Martin's internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS: DREAMS AND DUST is the FIRST part of the fifth volume in the series. 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.See all Product description
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Why you may ask have I continued reading these books given my negativity? Well it's because the first ones were so good, I keep hoping for the best and that the magic will return?
I think in reality though that its going to be a rare case of the TV people doing a better job than the author who seems to have ran out of puff.
I will read the Winds of Winter if it ever comes out, I just hope that the author gives us some resolution to at least some of the story lines he's created and rewards us for our patience.
Once past that confusion, this book is a real mixed bag. Some chapters are exciting and interesting and move with real pace (e.g. Tyrion) and some are worse than the slow trudge through Moria in The Two Towers (e.g. Dany). Bran starts poorly but gets more exciting, finally much needed after literally emulating the Moria trudge for what feels like forever.
Despite not having the physical length problems of the paperback format, the Kindle version is still split into two volumes. This seems to have been done by literally splitting the book down the middle, so the first volume doesn't end so much as just stop. It was at a somewhat dramatic point for a couple of characters so it's not a bad place for it, but it is still unfortunately jarring.
I'd like to give this 3.5, but the overall awesomeness of the series gets it rounded up to 4. Here's hoping the second half is a bit more exciting!
By and large it is OK. My main criticism is that hundreds of characters are introduced to very little purpose and I find it impossible to keep track of them. A chapter may end in a cliffhanger, but by the time we pick up that particular thread again I tend to forget who was doing what to whom. I wouldn't mind details of the menus and of who is wearing what, as long as I could easily check up on who is who. An alphabetic index of names would be useful. Resurrection of dead characters adds to these problems.
The main players in Martin's saga, the Lannisters still continue to dominate Kings Landing with little to dominate them or oppose them. Tyrion has gone but continues to haunt Kings Landing and Cersei in particular, with her suspecting and blaming him for almost everything. Tyrion's journey also continues with him heading towards Meereen but getting no nearer to Danerys. Arya's journey to becoming a member of the assassins of Bravos continues.
If you've had to wait for these books, then I've wondered why you've bothered. The books have slowed down. More action is needed. More battles. If more battles are coming, instead of Winter, then I'd probably await the next books with great anticipation. We shall have to wait and see.