A Dance With Dragons

This is a review of “A Dance With Dragons” by George R. R. Martin. It is the fifth book in A Song of Ice and Fire.

This book runs chronologically beside “A Feast For Crows“. It shows the viewpoints of characters in different geographical locales to “A Feast For Crows

SPOILER ALERT:
If you watch the show “Game of Thrones” and do not want to know anything about what the future holds for characters, then I suggest you hold off reading this review. The same goes if you are reading the novels. I would suggest reading this review after reading books one, two, three-1, three-2 and four.

Tyrion Lannister has escaped Westeros and King’s Landing, we’re he stands guilty of the murder of his father Tywin Lannister and accused of murdering his nephew King Joffrey Baratheon. He has sailed across the Narrow Sea and landed in Pentos, where he is the guest of the immensely fat Master Illyrio, friend to Varys the Spider and Queen Daenerys. Tyrion is not sure that he wants to go on living, but Illyrio has other plans for him.

Daenerys remains in the city of Meereen in Slaver’s Bay. A faction of angry Meereenese, unhappy with her rule and abolishment of slavery have been styling themselves as The Sons of the Harpy and have been murdering her soldiers and associates. This is not her only problem. Her dragons are growing ever larger, and so too are their appetites.

Jon Snow is the newly elected 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. He has found it to be a lonely and challenging position. He finds it to be extremely hard to accommodate King Stannis (without his help The Wall would have fallen to The Wildlings) without taking part in the matters of which The Night’s Watch should not. Melisandre, the red priestess has also been rather cryptic, warning Jon of unseen dangers to come.

Bran is still travelling with Hodor, Meera and Jojen following their mysterious guide. Bran wants to learn how to master his gift, but to do so he has to journey deep into the woods north of The Wall, and it’s not safe.

There are many more chapters from other characters, but I think I will leave those to be unfurled by you on your own.

My Thoughts:
I liked this book, it was great to find out the other side of the story of “A Feast for Crows”. I did find that it was not as fast-paced as some of the other novels in the series, and it took me a little longer to get through. My favourite book in the series would have to be Book 3 (both 3:1 and 3:2). I am looking forward to reading “The Winds of Winter” when it is released.

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