“I waited three long years for this book!!! Three years! I was hooked since the first page of the first book and my expectations were very high. Firstly because the fourth book wasn't as revealing as I wished, but secondly because the story was getting better and better. George Martin took some time to write it but it was definitely worth awaiting. The story was based on Jon, Daenaerys and Tyrion but for my surprise many other characters were also present. The story was well organized, full of new developments (as a George Martin fan I should be prepared) and surprises. The story turns and turns and never stops to be clever, funny, dramatic and I guess plausible. Because truth be told a fiction fan just want an plausible argument...
I new he was going to kill somebody but it had to be Jon???Really???
And Tyrion rocks...”
“This took me forever to get through and there were a few chapters that were reminiscent of the first couple books...but most of the characters that are left are just not my favourite ones. There was a lot of treading water happening - characters talking about what they should or shouldn't do rather thank acting on it. The Dany chapters were starting to get painful and the Jon Snow stuf...ugh. Thanks Jebus got Tyrion - as always, he was the most entertaining of them all.”Sugar Malone wrote this review Wednesday, August 17, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”Alex wrote this review Wednesday, August 17, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“From other reviews, I wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy this book. However, for me it was better than 'A Feast For Crows' and I enjoyed the new characters, who blended well with the old. I wish No 6 was available, but I guess I;ll just have to wait, along with everyone else.”Elizabeth Jasper wrote this review Wednesday, August 17, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was somewhat of a "passing the torch" book in my mind. A Dance with Dragons is all about characters like Jon, Bran, Asha, Theon, Arya, Sam and so many more characters taking their destinies into their own hands. These characters are almost grown into their full potential, and that epic climax that Martin is heading towards is beginning to blosom. The story is heading the way we hope it will. Other characters like Ceresei, Stannis, Illyrio, Mormont, and many others of this generation are starting to fall out of the spotlight, and that is a good thing. All I can say is that Martin's genius still has me captivated with his world and characters. Winter is coming, and I couldn't be happier! ;)”Benjamin N wrote this review Wednesday, August 17, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Epic”Israel B wrote this review Tuesday, August 16, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Given the time this one took to be finalized by Martin and some of his correspondence about splitting the volume with Feast for Crows and how he was going to do things, I was prepared to be wowed by this one, especially with the point of views that were in the offing. Should have see the signs, however, about possible writer's block from those missives. This one was underwhelming to say the least, especially give the tremendous first three volumes in the series. This is not that rant I have seen in a log of reviews, that nothing happens to advance the plot. Martin spelled out how he was splitting the books and the events in the two books are essentially simultaneous.
This series has been about the generation who follow Ned Stark, who the reader is lead to believe will be the hero of the saga. The heart of the story has always been Jon Snow, Arya, Daenerys, and Tyrion, with Bran to a lesser extent. This volume promised to delve into all by Arya, who was deftly handled in Feast, but did show up for two strong chapters in this book. The Bran story line was good as well, but it ended halfway through the book! What was disappointing was that the three stories that should have carried this part of the saga, were flat and very disappointing until the last chapters for each (or the last 2 for Daenerys). There was too much repetition in the story lines with Jon Snow, who apparently knows nothing as we are told 400 times in this and the previous volumes. Spoiler alert - Also, given the allusions to him in the prologue with the skin changer and dealing with death and the first time experience before finding another body, even though this is a Martin book where main characters are killed, do we really expect to not see Jon resurface in another body? This actually frees up the character to do some other things except manager the Wall with meager funds and staff. No more interminable wilding things would be good going forward. Daenerys story as well as way off character for her arc previously. Instead of all of the political maneuvering and mooning over Dario, how about dealing with the Dragon training problem? The dragons are obviously central to the end game, just get on with it and not waste 1000 pages on tripe. Finally, Tyrion, the evil genius. What was with the circus/pirate adventure? I realize the events of killing his father make Tyrion an outlaw, but it really takes to the his chapter to see him making Tryion-type moves? Where was the Machievellian genius here? Really, the best character point of view in this one was the one with Theon/Reek, which it should not be. In fact, that story and the building at the end (even if a cliff hanger) actually boosted this to three stars (average) from the two stars most of the story deserved. I should have known it was bad when I expected to read this in 4 or 5 days and it took me 2 weeks+ to finish as I just could not get on a roll with it.
Martin has run into the same problem that Jordan did in the Wheel of Time - they created such a vast universe and believe in their hearts they have to address each and every character they introduce. This makes the middle volumes ponderous, plodding and gets the plot stuck in place. While I appreciate the Theon, Davos, Cersei, Jamie, Caetelyn/Stoneheart and Brienne arcs, they should be minimized and thing like the Quentyn Martell and similar arcs are not needed to advance the stories. This is compounded by the fact that since both Jordan and Martin make such large cash piles for their publishers and deservedly should get some leeway, their books as they move along do not appear as if they are edited at all. This book, when combined with the last one cry out for an editor to point out the repetition of points in the Danny and Jon story lines, the vapid introduction of Penny in the Tyrion arc and the need to tighten the story back up to the core characters who are going to make a difference at the end. Get this man an editor. That being said, I will read this saga to the end. I just hope he can finish it and not end up like Jordan's being finished by someone else from author notes and outlines.”
“Ultimately, not enough of importance happens to justify the 950 count page length. Where Martin's books used to be enthralling, this has devolved into a too-long, too-convoluted pandering ode to the most vocal of fans. Martin is no longer writing his own characters, he is allowing others to steer the bus...to all of our unfortunate detriment.”Martha B wrote this review Monday, August 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Pretty decent. Setting the stage for what should be an action packed final two books.”JP wrote this review Monday, August 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The fifth book in a seven book series is a tough one to review. The plot and character have to move forward, but not enough for anything really *interesting* to happen.
In talking with friends about this series, the comments are often about, "The series is all about the voyage, and less about the destination." Which is true, I am enjoying reading these books. But, I do wish I had a bit more of a sense of where the series is going to end up. I am sure there will be a new King or Queen of Westeros, but I don't know if I *care* enough about that end point to have that be the big deal. There are these zombies off to the north beyond the wall, and I would think they'll become a bigger story point. However, I've been thinking that for the past four books....
Here's some quick thoughts, which include spoilers:
1. Jon isn't dead. Maybe he'll turn into a wight, or be injured badly, but I don't see him disappearing anytime soon.
2. I'm not quite sure where Arya's story is going, and I don't know if I like it.
3. I think that the Stark kids being able to enter animals and people will play into this somewhere, maybe with the dragons?
4. I was actually a bit disappointed that Prince Quentin couldn't control a dragon. I thought that could have been an interesting twist. Ah well....
5. Danerys back with some Dothraki? Where will this go?
6. I'm beginning to think that this son of Rhagayr (or however it's spelled) may actually make the best king, Varys kind of sold me on that at the end. So, of course, that won't happen.
7. I'd *really* be interested to read a book about Robert's Rebellion, there's a lot of hints of interesting things going on there...
I await the next two books in the series to see how this all resolves.”