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New threats emerge to endanger the future of the Seven Kingdoms, as Daenerys Targaryen, ruling in the East, fights off a multitude of enemies, while Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, faces his foes both in the Watch and beyond the great Wallof ice and stone.
I couldn't put down the first 3 books of this series (and to a lesser extent, the 4th). But this one, after a few hundred pages, I had trouble picking up. Overloaded with minor characters and repetitive descriptions (sigils, meals, clothing) it really strays from what, for me, was the main plot of the series -- the Stark/Baratheon/Lannister relationship. I couldn't finish the book -- too much unnecessary verbiage.
These books really got me back into reading. After so many years of just reading textbooks, I was put off a bit about reading for fun. These books twist and turn and weave a huge story. If you're looking for quick resolutions to plots, you're in the wrong place. I suppose you should probably have figured that out considering this is the 5th book in a series that is 4500 pages so far with two more books (or more?) yet to be written / published.
Definitely read this series. Don't be intimidated by the length of the books. You will get sucked in and finish them faster that you think. Read them before you watch the TV show. This is one of the best fantasy stories I've read.
George Martin does it again! After finishing any book in this series I am always left perplexed as to why GRRM does the things he does in his books, but after letting what happened settle in I always come to the conclusion that there is a reason why he did what he did. And in Dance With Dragons I got that same feeling.
For those of you who have stuck through and are loyal readers you will not be disappointed. If you trust in what GRRM is doing in this book you won't be disappointed. As always GRRM keeps the reader engaged with plot twists and turns that makes the rethink and inevitably forces the reader to reevaluate where they thought the story would be going.
The author tells the story of all the other character you were itching to find out about at the end of Feast for Crows, but GRRM's writing style is long and drawn out one who not accustomed to his style may get frustrated with the amount of detail that the author hammers the reader with. However, what is common with this series and GRRM what the author describes subtly in the details turns out to be very very important later on.
GRRM by the end left this reader angry, upset, and depressed but also excited, amazed, and shocked. I highly recommend this series and this latest book by George Martin. I can't wait for Winds of Winter to come!