Amber’s Goodreads review of A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

George R.R. Martin is like the gods of myth: he brings people up to their highest glory and casts them down. Several characters start this novel reclining on pillows and eating delicacies, and by the end of the novel they’re filthy, starving, and near death. Just when you think someone is going to triumph, all the worst possible things happen. It sure keeps things interesting, anyway.

This installment of the series covers the same span of time as the last but with all the characters that didn’t have POV chapters in A Feast for Crows, at least for the first half. The streams converge after that and we check in with some of the characters from the previous book. I was actually a little disappointed that Sansa didn’t show up in this one at all, but we get a little Arya and plenty of Jon and Tyrion, of course.

It ends on cliffhangers, which is to be expected, and we’re left wondering if ____ is really dead, if ____ is about to die as enemies descend. And now we have no idea when the next is coming out. As a writer, I feel for Martin because it’s stressful trying to get a story out (and in the last two books’ acknowledgements he’s said they’ve been tough ones), and I can’t imagine how much more difficult with hoards of fans clamoring for the next fix. I feel for him, but I hope it’s soon (or at least that we don’t have to wait five years for it… or that he doesn’t unexpectedly croak before finishing it).

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EDIT: If you want a good laugh, read the other reviews on Goodreads for this one. A lot of good satirists at play. I have to admit they raise some very valid points that I did not go into: annoyingly repetitive phrases or words (“nuncle” and “leal” grind my teeth); great sendups of the writing style; Dany losing strength as a female character; obsession over food, filth, and cunnies (cunnys?); Tyrion being much less witty and much more whiny; minor side characters given great attention for seemingly no reason; nothing much moving forward plotwise; etc etc. Sometimes I think Martin shifts POV so often to fill books out and keep us from realizing how little is actually going on.

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~ by Amber on January 5, 2014.

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