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06 September 2011

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Fire and Ice #5)

A Dance with Dragons is the fifth book in George RR Martin's series A Song of Fire and Ice. This volume takes place at the same time as the fourth book, A Feast for Crows, until the last quarter of the book when time catches up and the story lines from both books merge once again.

The fighting and politics of a new king for Westeros continues on both sides of the world. King Stannis travelled to the North all the way to the Wall to fight against the wildings who were trying to breach the kingdom. He then continues his campaign by striving for Winterfell - where one of the northern lords claims be holding a wedding between Arya Stark and his base-born son.

In Valyria, Queen Danerys - the rightful heir to the throne stolen by King Robert - has freed the slaves of the city of Meereen. Her three dragons are growing and her companions are eager to leave for Westeros to claim her seat. The armies of the other cities she has set free have other ideas about allowing her to live peacefully in Meereen.

Tyrion Lannister, on the run from Westeros after killing his father, is making his way to Meereen to join Danerys in her quest for the throne. His family has betrayed him and he would like nothing more than to see them pay. But the gods have other ideas about his journey.

Martin is a brilliant fantasy writer whose series is as intricate as it is long. His characters are believable and readers either love or hate them with all of their human faults. He also has no problem killing main characters who are loved by all. If you have not begun to read this series, I highly recommend it - though you may want to wait for the last two books so you can read it straight through!

Martin, George RR. (2011). A Dance with Dragons. New York: Bantam Books.

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