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A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. MartinThe release date for A Dance with Dragons is only a month away. I speculate how well it will be received since it has been five or so years since the last book. I feel like this series has lost a lot of momentum among readers, though the HBO series has probably revitalized some interest.

Hardcover: 1040 pages
Publisher: Bantam (July 12, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0553801473

Product Description:

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 spellbinding 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 once again–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 three times three thousand enemies, and many have set out to find her. Yet, as they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.

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 yet. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.

And from all corners, bitter conflicts soon 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. . . .

3 thoughts on “A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin”

  1. Good observation. I think the TV series has re-stoked the fires of many readers of ASoIaF (like me) and most of us pessimists are happy that ADWD is finally here. At the same time we’re a bit weary that it’ll be another 5 years before the next one!

  2. I lost interest with this series after the second book. As I recall, it was very long and not a whole lot happened. Not that it’s a bad series, but just not for me.

  3. Marc, I think that’s my concern too that it will be another 5 years before the next release.

    Scott, if you lost interest after the 2nd book, you would never make it through the fourth book. In A Feast for Crows, nothing significant happens for 900 pages. The third book, A Storm of Swords, is most readers’ favorite of the series.

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