“I decided to wait until I had finished all five books already released before I wrote a review. BIG mistake! I love my Kindle, but it's hard to flip back through the 'pages' when you're looking for something specific. Sooooooo, I'll do my best and just review the series as a whole massive book.
I read this series back to back to back. The writing was superb. I often found myself falling into that world and felt like that oft spoken of "Fly on the wall" because Martin is just that good at drawing you into his stories.
There were characters I adored and there were characters I loathed. Then there were those scheming, coniving evil-doers who somewhat redeemed themselves and I grudgingly began to root for. I liked the idea of giving each character their own chapter rather than mixing all the stories into one. The only con I found in writing in that style was there would occasionally be times when it had been quite a few chapters since a particular character had be front and center and I'd have to mentally stop a second to remember where they left off.
This series is not for the faint of heart but I think any reader who enjoys reading of battles fought and won will love it. I like that even though a large part of the series has something to do with battles there is not just one battle after another.
All in all, I love this series! I can't believe it took me so long to pick it up especially considering all the rave reviews I've read over the years. Actually, I'm kinda glad I did wait. I avoided that 6 year wait between books 4 and 5.”
“Can't wait for more.”Barry Tilton wrote this review Monday, January 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Like always, I enjoyed reading this book even though it took me several months to finish this one. The book was very good although not as good as the first three books (I do not really consider Feast for Crows and Dance with Dragons two different books, they are more likely one big story split into two physical books) but anyways, SoS is my favorite so it's kinda hard to compete with that. This was definitely better than Feast For Crows primarily because it featured our favorite characters. There are a few cliff hangers and WTF moments that would make you yearn for the sixth book. Can't wait for Winds of Winter!”Mark wrote this review Saturday, January 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Martin's magnum opus continues - but now I have to wait for subsequent books.”Bryan Guido Hassin wrote this review Friday, January 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really starting to hate GRRM, he keeps killing off my favorite characters.”Edmund Rochford wrote this review Thursday, January 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm guessing 10 years until Book 6 comes out...”Anne Parys wrote this review Wednesday, January 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ah, that was just lovely. Another fine installment in an excellent series. Still two more books to come, according to reports. Well written, great character development. Worth the wait.”Jane Farnan wrote this review Tuesday, January 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent! Can't wait for the story to continue.”Mike H wrote this review Thursday, January 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Slow start with a page turning end. Read the other four first; wonderful twists; not sure where this will end!”Susan S Shepherd wrote this review Monday, January 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read that this book received a lot of bad reviews, but I liked it. I wish they would have spent a little more time on Bran, Sansa, and Aria, but I guess that since the title is "A Dance with Dragons" it was bound to focus on Danerys and her dragons.”Colleen T wrote this review Monday, January 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No