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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!
First, this review concerns the separate volumes of Ice and Fire as published for the Kindle. Several years ago I owned the pulp versions, but gave them to a friend on a permanent loan. As far as I can remember there are no differences between Kindle and hard copy versions, though the maps are virtually useless on the Kindle. I bought the Kindle versions by way of a refresher prior to watching the three seasons of the HBO DVD versions. I don't have access to the Sky Atlantic channel. Also, now, my hands struggle to handle the considerable bulk of the printed books.
There's no chance of your finding any spoilers here, the scope of the saga cannot be covered in one review, and I can't be bothered to write separate reviews for each volume.
Long, long story short: this is a magnificent telling of a gripping tale, and it isn't over yet. Yes, Mr. Martin waffles for a significant portion of each volume, but it's easy to spot the onset and speed read through until the bedrock of the story is found again. The scope of Martin's imagination is staggering, and the characters and storyline weave together like a fine Tweed.
I have thoroughly enjoyed these books twice now, and yes I am a fan.
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