Badkittyuno’s #CBR5 Review #47: The Dance of Dragons by George R.R. Martin


I don’t know why, but this book was kind of a let down. It picks up at the same point in time as the fourth book, but mostly follows the characters left out of #4 — Jon Snow at the Wall with Stannis and Melisandre, Theon Turncloak, Tyrion, Dany and Barriston Selmy. We also get brief glimpses from Cersei, Asha Greyjoy, Bran and Arya; even less from Jaime and Brienne.
This book has a lot of heavier plotting, but less action, it seemed. It also resolves almost nothing of earlier plotlines. It’s really just a continuance of the three main wars but very few major events, like in previous novels. Dany is still trying to figure out how to free the slaves and rule her freedmen. Stannis is aiming for the throne, laying seige to Bolton’s lands. And Jon Snow is balancing his duty to the wall and his duty to the kingdom.
Still, even if it’s not the best of the series (book three, in my opinion), you really have to read it if you’ve read the others–especially since the next book won’t be out for a year or so!
And where the fuck is Lady Stoneheart??

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