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A Dance With Dragons By George Rr Martin - My Review
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A Dance With Dragons By George Rr Martin - My Review

A Long awaited fifth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire universe. Its timeline is set parallel with A Feast for Crows, for the bigger part of the book. And many of favored make their return as POV characters. Being No#1 at New York Times bestseller list after publication, this is one of the most anticipated books in Epic Fantasy genre. And it continues George RR Martin colossal saga set in lands of Essos and Westeros.

Last of the participants in the War of Five Kings, Stannis Baratheon, has installed himself as King on the Wall, and is trying to gain support of the North. Jon Snow is elected as new Lord Commander of the Watch, and must carefully balance between wishes of Stannis, his duties, and machinations of Melisandre, mysterious priestess of R'hllor, which warns him to watch his back for the knives in dark.

Brandon Stark managed to pass beyond the Wall, and is going towards mysterious Three-eyed crow from his dreams. As he and his companions are fighting to escape wraiths - undead beings which serve The Others, and are going further and further North, they slowly are succumbing to desperation in endless sea of snow. But at the last moment they discover a cave in which wraiths can not enter. And there Bran meets with the Greenseer, who explains to him his destiny, and begins teaching him to became his successor.

Tyrion has escaped Westeros, with the help of Magister Illyrio Mopatis, same one that helped Dany, from there he starts his travel to meet with her. In his travels he encounters many characters - Young Griff (later revealed to be Aegon Targaryen - supposedly dead heir to the Throne of Westeros) and his supposed father Lord John Connington, The Griffon, also believed dead supporter of Targaryen dynasty from Westeros. He is kidnapped by Jorah Mormont, and, together with him and a dwarf girl called Penny, is taken to slavery after their ship wrecked at sea. They manage to escape slavery, and join Second Sons, a mercenary company serving Yun'kai army in war against Dany, with intention to sway them to her side.

Dany is hawing great troubles while ruling over the city of Meereen. Abandoning city's main source of income - slavery, made her many enemies, and to make things worse, she is uncertain how to approach to taming her dragons. After she is presented with evidence that one of them eat daughter of a sheepherder, she decides to lock them up under the palace. After political wedding with Hizdahr zo Loraq, and reopening of one of the fighting pits, one of her dragons, Drogon, attacks those fighting inside. Dany, being in audience, confronts the dragon and, not really knowing what to do, she manages to climb on his back as he takes flight and carries them both from the eyes of awestricken crowd.

Pack full of events, just like any of previous Martin's books, A Dance with Dragons fulfills readers expectations and much more. Unexpected twists keep reader on the brink of his chair as Martin masterfully guides his characters through ordeal of dangers and problems. This is a book of a thousand pages, and when you read them, it seems too short! Don't miss on this masterpiece, while waiting for The Winds of Winter, next book in the series of epic fantasy A Song of Ice and Fire.


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