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A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series A Song of Fire and Ice

Book Review: 1 treasure Box
Book Five of A Song of Ice and Fire
Publisher: Bantam (July 12, 2011), Format: Kindle Edition, File Size: 4109 KB (1,040 pages), ASIN: B003YL4LYI


Throughout the seven kingdoms and beyond there is strife, death and disaster. Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons are huge and can no longer be contained, plus she is struggling to maintain her rule in Mereen. Jon Snow may be the commander of the Watch, but he too has enemies all around him. King Stannis is on the march, but what will he find when he arrives? Is there more beyond the wall than coming death? Book five addresses some of these outstanding items.

A Dance with Dragons is the fifth book in the series. Two more books are proposed to be coming in the future. We might need to wait a long time for the final books considering there was a six year span between books four and five and Mr. Martin has barely begun writing book six. This series falls into the fantasy genre and takes place on a fictional world that is similar to earth during the times of King Arthur, but it includes magic, strange beings and winters that can last up to 10 years. The story is told in a third person narrative from the numerous different characters point of view with each chapter bearing the name of the character it is focusing on.

This book dragged quite a bit and did not really seem to move the story forward much.  It takes place at the same time as The Feast of Crows but involves different characters. Considering the length of the book not much happened, although some of the things that did happen were a bit surprising.  It took me a long time to get through it and at times it was more of a chore than a pleasure to pick it up and read it. Although I still enjoyed the story and I thought the direction that Mr. Martin went with some of the characters was interesting.

This is not a standalone story; in fact it ends with a shocking cliff-hanger. Even though I was disappointed with this installment, I am still looking forward to The Winds of Winter, hoping it will be an improvement.  Dance with Dragons is still a must read for any Song of Ice and Fire fans.

Questions to ponder:

Do you like the HBO series The Game of Thrones?

If you have been watching the TV series, do you like the direction they are going?


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Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Book Review, Fantasy, Goodreads, Kindle

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A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series A Song of Fire and Ice

Book Review: 1 Treasure Box
A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
Publisher: Bantam (September 26, 2006), Paperback: 1104 pages, ISBN-10: 055358202X, ISBN-13: 978-0553582024

Winter is coming in more ways than one and the walking dead have awakened.  There is a dark shadow over the world and kings are dying like flies. The big question remains, who will be the final ruler on the iron throne? We learn there is a prophecy and the Red Woman thinks Stannis fills the bill, or is it really Danerys? We follow Sansa and Arya’s stories, but their endings are nowhere yet in sight. There are still many questions to be answered, but some light has been shed.

A Feast for Crows is the fourth book in the series, there are currently four books with book five to be released July 2011. Two more are proposed to be coming in the future; however, since there is a six year span between books four and five, with no information on when any of the other books will be released, we might need to wait a long time for the final books. This series falls into the fantasy genre and takes place on a fictional world that is similar to that of King Arthur, but it includes magic, strange beings and winters that can last up to 10 years. The story is told in a third person narrative from the numerous different characters point of view with each chapter bearing the name of the character it is focusing on.

The story did progress, if somewhat slowly and a few things were revealed, some of which I found rather startling. I am not enjoying this book nearly as much as the previous books; I find it drags on at times without much happening. There is very little action, although the few times it appeared it was exciting. There was too much focus on new characters, who were not very interesting. Cersei’s character is shown to be truly evil in this book and by the end of the story I truly hated her.

I loved the previous books and I want to know where the story is going, that is the main reason I continued to read this book. If you have read the first three books, then you should read A Feast of Crows so you can follow the story and prepare for A Dance with Dragons which is expected to be released this summer.

My favourite quote from the book: “Let him have a more pleasant dream than I and a sweeter waking.”

Questions to Ponder:
Were you frustrated with how this book was told?
Any guesses as to when the remainder of the books will be released?

 

Posted by on June 17, 2011 in Fantasy, In Library

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A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series A Song of Fire and Ice

Book Review: 4 Treasure Boxes
A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3
Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (Mar 4 2003), 1216 pages, Language: English, ISBN-10: 055357342X, ISBN-13: 978-1439149645

 


Imagine a world where there are Kings and dragons and the walking dead. The Wildlings, the humans who live beyond the wall, are all fleeing the north and attempting to cross the great barrier.  There are very few Black Brothers to defend the wall and no one seems willing to send them help. There is war and treachery everywhere. The war of the five kings continues, although the number of kings is declining. However, there does seem to be a couple of honourable people prepared to do what is necessary to save the land. The Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen is continuing to build strength and free slaves as she slowly makes her way west in hopes of reclaiming her crown.

A Storm of Swords is the third book in the series, there are currently four books with book five to be released July 2011. Two more are proposed to be coming in the future; however, since there is a six year span between books four and five, with no information on when any of the other books will be released, we might need to wait a long time for the final books.  This series falls into the fantasy genre and takes place on a fictional world that is similar to that of King Arthur, but it includes magic, strange beings and winters that can last up to 10 years.  The story is told in a third person narrative from the numerous different characters point of view with each chapter bearing the name of the character it is focusing on.

Wow!  A lot has happened in this portion of the story. Many of the players have died, most through treachery, including sorcery and some through war.  Some of these deaths were downright shocking and I gasped as they occurred. Some people are thought to be dead who are not. We learn more about King Stannis and the red god R’hllor, but so far we are unable to answer the question: are they good or bad? The overall story is fascinating and very gripping. At times, I cried over the events our character’s had to live through, some of these were sad and several felt unfair. Once again, not much was resolved but things definitely moved forward and a lot happened. The various story lines continue to build in suspense and there is plenty of action.

I highly recommend this book and series. I am hoping that the series will come to a great conclusion, although we will need to wait a long time for this to occur.  In the meanwhile, the journey is very enjoyable. If you like reading about the intrigues of court and high fantasy, with plenty of action, then you will enjoy this book. But if you haven’t read the previous books in this series, then you need to do so before continuing with A Storm of Swords.

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A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series A Song of Fire and Ice

Book Review: 2 Treasure Boxes
A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
Publisher: Bantam; REP edition (September 5, 2000), Mass Market Paperback: 1040 pages, Language: English , ISBN-10: 9780553579901, ISBN-13: 978-0553579901, ASIN: 0553579908

Imagine a world were there are Kings and dragons and the walking dead. The world is at war and there are 6 different family groups who want to rule and have proclaimed themselves Kings. Several of these families are evil. This story centers around these groups, and their activites in the fight for the rule of the Iron Throne.  Meanwhile in the far north evil is stirring.

A Clash of Kings is the second book in the series, there are currently four books in the series with three more supposedly coming in the future.  However, the fourth book was completed in 2005 and there is no information on when any of the other books will be released.  I am looking forward to the HBO series starting April 17, 2011 as it should be interesting. The series falls into the Fantasy genre. The story is told in a limited third person narrative from the numerous different characters point of view with each chapter bearing the name of the character it is focusing on.

This is an all-encompassing storyline that continues directly from A Game of Thrones. A few new characters have been added, Davos the Onion Knight to King Stannis and Theon, the Prince of the Iron Islands. I thought that Theon’s actions were rather appalling. The book ended with many more questions than it answered.  What is happening with Daenerys? Her adventure in the house of the undying was rather frightening. Jon is now totally enmeshed with the Others across the wall, but what are they up to? Aryas adventures are  interesting and I am  curious to see where she is going next and what she is going to get up to. I thought she was going to waste her three kills, but the creative way she utilized the last one showed me wrong.  The plot keeps pointing to something bad happening at some point but we do not know what. All we know is that something is stirring in the North, the dead are walking and there is war throughout land. We also learn more about the history of the land. Wiith 6 proclaimed kings in the seven kingdoms, civil war is ensuing. There were several shocking events that occurred in this book, including the death of some key players.  We get to know and understand our characters better.

I am anxious to start the next book in the series. This is not a stand-alone book, it ended in the middle of several story lines and I am very curious to see where it is all going.  I recommend this book, but it is not for the faint of heart.  It is a really complicated story that encompasses many characters going in many different directions. If you enjoy reading about the intrigues of court and high fantasy, with plenty of action, then you will enjoy this book, although you need to read A Game of Throne first.

 

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series A Song of Fire and Ice

Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes
Book One of A Song of Ice and Fire
Publisher: Bantam; REP edition (Aug 4 1997), Paperback: 831 pages, Language: English , ISBN-10: 0553573403, ISBN-13: 978-0553573404

This story centers around the Stark family, one of the major noble houses of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros but it also has several other prongs including Daenerys Targaryen, the exiled princess and Tyrion Lannister, the Imp brother of the Kingslayer.  The Stark family gets split up into three groups.  One group comprises the mother, eldest son Rob and the two younger boys who stay at home in Winterfell.  One group includes the father, Eddard and his two daughers who go with the King to King’s Landing where Eddard becomes the King’s hand (second in command.) The last group is the bastard son, Jon who goes north with his Uncle to become a member of the Night Watch and protect the wall that separates the Kingdom from the Others.

This is the first book in the series, there are currently four books in the series with three more supposedly coming in the future.  However, the fourth book was completed in 2005 and there is no information on when any of the other books will be released.  This series falls into the fantasy genre. The story is told in a limited third person narrative from the numerous different characters the point of view with each chapter bearing the name of the character it is focusing on.

In this world summer and winter each can last up to ten years, currently summer is soon going to end and winter is approaching.  It is forshadowed that winter is coming not only literally but figuratively but we have yet to find out exactly what this means, although numerous things are stirring, including death, war and something evil rising from the land beyond the wall.   There are eight main characters in this book, the majority of the characters are from the Stark family with numerous secondary characters.  Most of these are well rounded and even though some are evil, they still have some good in their hearts and deeds, all except Joffry Baratheon and Viserys Targaryen who are just plain evil. This book is considered a high-fantasy book, even if there is not a large super-natural aspect to it, although there are Others, Undead predators and dragons.

As each separate story-line unfolds the book gets more and more interesting and the overall feel is one of coming doom.  My favourite characters are Daenerys, Arya and Jon and I really like where these stories are going.  I also like reading about the imp Tyrion, his attitude and character are fitting and I am really curious to see how he handles the next stage on his path. However, I felt that Daenerys journey was very sad, yet it was required to bring her to the point where she now is and my heart really goes out to Arya.  She is made of really tough stuff, yet she is also just a little girl facing a really difficult situation.  I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series so I can find out where each of these characters are going and what is next in store for them as well as all the Starks and who will finally end up on the throne.

I highly recommend this book, the plot was thick and full of lots of action and character arcs.  As a reader we can see where some mistakes were made by the characters and the consequences of these bad decisions, which really makes the book life-like. If you enjoy reading about the intrigues of court and high fantasy, with plenty of action, then you will enjoy this book.

 

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