Lady Cordelia #CBR5 Review #51: A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

imagesWhen’s the next one going to be published – does anyone know?  Having now finished all the books released so far, is it a wait of years to get the next one?  Martin is not a novelist known for churning out books with anything approaching regularity and now I wish I had read this series more slowly in an attempt to make it last longer.  But I’ve never managed to do that with anything I’ve enjoyed (books, chocolate, dry martinis…) so I guess I’ll just have to reconcile myself to a long wait.  And maybe re-watch all three seasons of the show to take the edge off as needed.

This is a huge book and has chapters told from the perspectives of Jon Snow, Bran Stark, Davos Seaworth, Reek (aka Theon Greyjoy), Asha Greyjoy (Theon’s sister), Lady Melisandre, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Quentyn Martell (prince of Dorne), Jon Connington (former Hand to King Aerys Targaryen), Ser Barristan, Victarion Greyjoy (Theon’s uncle and Captain of the Iron Fleet), Arya Stark, Areo Hoth (Captain of the Guard in Dorne), Jaime Lannister, Cersei Lannister and Kevan Lannister (brother to Tywin).

Compared to the previous book, this has many more of the characters I like the best, including Tyrion and Daenerys.  I was also surprised by how much I enjoyed the Jon Snow story, a character I had not particularly cared for before now.  Rather than being the sulky bastard son, Jon Snow has really come into his own on the Wall and has been faced with some of the most difficult situations of any character in the story.  Trying to maintain the code of the Night’s Watch while being constantly drawn into the realm’s civil war is not an easy path to walk.  But the best part has to be DRAGONS!  Daenerys’ little babies have finally grown and are a force to be reckoned with.

There are just so many good story points in this novel but I don’t want to reveal any spoilers here.  If you were put off at all by the previous novel, never fear, this book will restore your faith.  Then you can simply begin the long wait for the next novel with the rest of us!

One thought on “Lady Cordelia #CBR5 Review #51: A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

  1. Most people are expecting book 6 hopefully in mid to late 2014, but conservative estimates have it more like 2015, or god forbid, 2016. I’m hoping for 2014, obviously, but not just because I WANT IT NOW. If he waits any later than that, the show will catch up to the books and the world will implode.

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