A Dance with Dragons

Having recently finished George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons, I can’t help but feel strangely relieved, because now, I can finally move on with my life…

An apt title created and redesigned by Lauren Dee. Original source: betterbooktitles.com

I was lucky enough to have started the series, A Song of Ice and Fire with all 4, then later, all 5 books published, and didn’t have to wait every 3 to 5 years for a new book.  But now that I’ve finished reading the most recently published installation, I’m left thinking, “ok, now what…?”

It takes Martin an average of about 3 years to publish a new book in the series, so I think it’s a safe to say that the 6th book, The Winds of Winter, won’t be making its debut anytime before 2014.

The 5th book, A Dance with Dragons, published ‘mid 2011, unfortunately, isn’t a continuation of the 4th book, A Feast For Crows Rather, it is a novel concurrent with A Feast For Crows, up to a certain point, told from the perspectives of characters not in the 4th book.

So yes, technically, A Dance with Dragons is a continuation of the 3rd book, A Storm of Swords, and I think daring readers can even go ahead and read A Dance with Dragons right after A Storm of Swords, and skip A Feast for Crows for later, if they don’t care much for Dornishmen, Crows, and other slightly uninteresting characters; but only up to a certain point in the book.

A little after the halfway point in A Dance of Dragons, the story and timeline merges with the events at the end of A Feast for Crows, and readers will learn a little bit more about the fate of Cersei and Jaime, who were featured prominently in the 4th book.

In A Dance with Dragons, readers will hear again from; Tyrion, Danaerys, Jon Snow, Bran, Arya, and other chapter characters absent from A Feast for Crows.  Surprising new chapters characters are introduced, and some long absent ones, are brought back.

Deep secrets are revealed in A Dance with Dragons, which again shifts the focus of the story, and prepares readers for the next book, and the eventual finale of the series.

The cliffhanger ending of A Dance with Dragons leaves readers wondering about the fate of certain major characters, Westeros, and the true plot of the series.

I must admit that I did not expect the series to go in the direction it is currently heading.  Many times during the series, I had expected it to go one way, but it always ends up going in the complete opposite direction.

With all the characters introduced and killed along the way; events, and secrets told, from the 1st to the 5th book, I sometimes wonder if the current plot is really part of Martin’s original concept for the series, and if so, why did he wait so long to introduce it?

The series has been engrossing thus far, make no mistake, but writing 5 books just to set the stage to develop the real story, which will cover only the last 2 books in the series, seems a bit of a waste.

So, now what?  Now, we wait…


This is the second book I chose for the Chunkster Reading Challenge, 2012.  It doesn’t get any chunkier than this!

A Dance with Dragons (Book 6 in A Song of Ice and Fire) – George R.R. Martin

Harper / Voyager – 1,015 pages

Personal rating:  3/5

4 thoughts on “A Dance with Dragons

  1. I just let my eyes slip across your thoughts on this one because I still have the first book next to the bed; I’ve been warned that, once I start, I’ll want to read every book in the series (aren’t those alternate book covers/titles great fun?!), so I’m waiting until I’ve got copies of them all in arm’s reach and then I’ll take the plunge. They’re definitely perfect for the Chunkster Challenge: agreed!

    • Don’t worry, there aren’t any spoilers 🙂
      Yes, if you get hooked in the first book, you are going to want to read it until you’ve read them all, so it would be a good idea to have all 5 before reading. You’ll be able to finish the entire chunkster challenge with just one series!

      Yes, I really like those alternative covers…they are fun. This one about Game of Thrones is really appropriate…

      Have fun reading through A Song of Ice and Fire!

  2. Without wanting to add spoilers, I was a bit disappointed with this book – many of the plot threads ended on cliffhangers and it took a long time to get to the point. Not going to stop me buying and reading the next one, though … some time in 2016, I reckon. 🙂

    • I know what you mean…but then, isn’t that Martin’s style usually…to take his sweet time getting somewhere only to end with a cliffhanger? Makes readers come back for more, I guess.

      I think I enjoyed Dragons because the 4th book was a bit boring for me, and I really missed the characters that weren’t included in the 4th book.

      Btw….I was looking at your blog yesterday, specifically the posts about Italy and Paris, and I remembered my vacation there late last year…The book I had with me was A Feast For Crows, which I didn’t get to read that much.

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