Thursday Review: A Dance with Dragons by George R.R Martin

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The Blurb:In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance — 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 thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.

Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys’s claim to Westeros forever.

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

From all corners, bitter conflicts 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.

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this book much more than book four, but it still took me a lot longer to get through than it should have. And I had a complete brain lapse 90% through the book when all the sudden I got thrust into some guys perspective and had no idea who he was, where he was, or what the heck was going on. I don’t know if it’s just my copy, but please, please, please go back to naming the chapters Jon Snow. Jon Connington, Arya, not “the one who vague descriptioned.” That doesn’t help me. It extra doesn’t help me when I’ve never met the character before. With the new characters, I caught myself skimming pages and pages of description because I knew *where* they were, but I’d not been informed WHO they were within the context and why I cared whether or not they lived or died.

I also noticed way more repetition than usual. Some of it, like “if I look back, I’m lost,” I like. When it’s one character and their one phrase, sure. But if one more character felt the need to inform me that words are wind…gah. I mean it’s SUCH a cool saying. Don’t kill it like a top 40 station.

But otherwise, I really enjoyed the book. I like how all the threads are starting to come together and you can see everything shifting. I’m sad that I’m caught up and have to wait for the next book. But at least I know I’m going to read it instead of losing interest.

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