A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

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29 Critic Reviews

A Dance with Dragons, feels like connective tissue to make all the plot elements line up correctly, by the end Martin has returned to the breathless pace of the first three volumes of the series
-National Post

Synopsis

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK FIVE
 
In the aftermath of a colossal battle, Daenerys 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. Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way east—with new allies who may not be the ragtag band they seem. And in the frozen north, Jon Snow confronts creatures from beyond the Wall of ice and stone, and powerful foes from within the Night’s Watch. In a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics lead a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, to the greatest dance of all.

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
 

About George R. R. Martin

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GEORGE R. R. MARTIN's Song of Ice and Fire series, beginning with A Game of Thrones (Bantam, 1996), are among the top-selling fantasy novels of this generation and is now an HBO series that will began airing in 2011. He lives in New Mexico.
 
Published July 12, 2011 by Bantam. 1154 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for A Dance With Dragons
All: 29 | Positive: 20 | Negative: 9

Kirkus

Below average
Sep 27 2011

There’s plenty of wiggle room for more volumes in the series, but on the evidence, one wonders if Martin isn’t getting a little tired of it.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Dana Jennings on Jul 14 2011

“A Dance With Dragons” meets the high standards set by its four siblings... I know that I’ll be happy to cling to the hard and scaly back of this particular dancing dragon as I wait for Book 6

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Dear Author

Below average
Reviewed by Jia on Sep 07 2011

I was bored for stretches of this novel. Parts of it dragged and other parts were repetitive.

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National Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Daniel Kaszor on Jul 22 2011

A Dance with Dragons, feels like connective tissue to make all the plot elements line up correctly, by the end Martin has returned to the breathless pace of the first three volumes of the series

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeff VanderMeer on Jul 12 2011

Martin seems poised in the last two books to bring home one of the best series in the history of fantasy.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Bill Sheehan on Jul 12 2011

epic fantasy as it should be written: passionate, compelling, convincingly detailed and thoroughly imagined.

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Tasha Robinson on Jul 20 2011

a book to be savored for its flavor, for Martin’s considerable talent at world-building, characterization, and interaction, for his characters’ humor, bravery, skullduggery, determination, and pathos.

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Christian Science Monitor

Excellent
Reviewed by Megan Wasson on Jul 12 2011

“A Dance with Dragons” may well be one of the best books in the five-book series so far. Martin’s prose is concise but pithy, begging to be devoured over and over again.

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The Independent

Below average
Reviewed by Alexandra Heminsley on Aug 07 2011

While there is much for the most robust of fans to wallow in here, A Dance With Dragons is perhaps a book that tries to please all kingdoms yet doesn't quite please any.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Roz Kaveney on Jul 22 2011

It is hard to accept that something that enormous and that popular can be as good as people tell you it is.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Llana Teitelbaum on Jul 17 2011

The suspense is finely honed as a knife's edge, ensuring that readers are always left hungry for more.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Excellent
Reviewed by Chris Barsanti on Jul 12 2011

Each of the drama machines that Martin has set to work in his earlier books keeps humming here with an admirable precision. It’s a thundering good read that... enthralls as the greatest adventure fiction should.

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Tor

Excellent
Reviewed by Jo Walton on Sep 02 2011

it’s satisfying. It reaches back to what has come before, and it reaches forward to what isn’t there yet and shows some satisfying signs of coming towards a conclusion.

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The Daily Beast

Excellent
Reviewed by Jace Lacob on Jul 06 2011

A Dance With Dragons... might also be Martin’s finest work yet, a taut and relentless masterpiece that reaffirms the reader’s obsession with the panoply of unforgettable characters that Martin has created, and the brutal, glittering, terrible world in which these novels are set.

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SF Site

Excellent
Reviewed by Dominic Cilli

A Dance with Dragons is meticulous in its execution, rich in detail and a wonder to read.

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The Millions

Excellent
Reviewed by Janet Potter on Jul 29 2011

A Song of Ice and Fire is perhaps the most compelling, fully realized narrative in modern literature.

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SF Signal

Excellent
Reviewed by Larry on Sep 12 2011

extremely well written and full of fantastic and memorable characterizations.

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io9

Excellent
Reviewed by Charlie Anders on Jul 07 2011

It's a brilliant, horrifying, depressing book that takes the characters Martin made you fall in love with, and plunges them just a little bit deeper into hell.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Darren Franich on Jul 12 2011

By turns thrilling, funny, scary, emotionally devastating, oddly inspirational, and just plain grand, it feels like a compilation of several different great fantasy novels as it pulls together the disparate characters’ story lines.

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Mother Jones

Below average
Reviewed by Nick Bauman on Aug 06 2011

A Dance With Dragons shows that pressure is getting to him. Instead of aggressively pushing the storyline forward, he's getting distracted by the little details

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Time Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Lev Grossman on Jul 07 2011

the real power of Martin's work arises from his extraordinary skill as a plotter... his skill as a crafter of narrative exceeds that of almost any literary novelist writing today.

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Best Fantasy Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Alyse G on Aug 15 2011

A Dance with Dragons is full of promise and raises expectations for the final two books.

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New Jersey Newsroom

Below average
Reviewed by Joe Tyrrell on Jul 25 2011

For all the treasures buried in this saga, the call should go out throughout all the lands of Westeros and Esteros: will pay dragon's gold for skilled editor.

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Fantasy Book Review

Below average
Reviewed by Jim Eaton on Jul 27 2011

This entire book feels like a build-up... It’s new, but it isn’t better and it’s not half as compelling.

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Graeme's Fantasy Book Review

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Reviewed by Graeme Flory on Feb 20 2012

‘A Dance with Dragons’ is a bloated affair and I’d say that GRRM needs to grasp the reins a little more firmly if the rest of the series is to live up to early promise.

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SF Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Thomas Wagner

the cumulative effect, once the book is over, is formidable, proving Martin's mastery of epic narrative hasn't deserted him by a long chalk

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A Book a Day Till I Can Stay Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Emmett on Jan 08 2012

Martin is trying to encompass every facet of the plot that he has unraveled, but it feels overwhelming.

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The League of Ordinary Gentlemen

Below average
Reviewed by Erik Kaine on Aug 08 2011

Dance with Dragons could have been a good book, but it would have taken a bold editor with a very red pen to make it great.

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Bibliophile Stalker Blog

Good
Reviewed by Charles Tan on Jul 25 2011

Most satisfying is the fact that A Dance With Dragons remains interesting and unpredictable

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