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July 12, 2011
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • THE BOOK BEHIND THE FIFTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES Don’t miss the thrilling sneak peek of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Six, The Winds of Winter Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers the fifth book in his landmark series—as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK FIVE In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance—beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind. Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys’s claim to Westeros forever. Meanwhile, to the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone—a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice. From all corners, bitter conflicts reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all. Praise for A Dance with Dragons “Filled with vividly rendered set pieces, unexpected turnings, assorted cliffhangers and moments of appalling cruelty, A Dance with Dragons is epic fantasy as it should be written: passionate, compelling, convincingly detailed and thoroughly imagined.”—The Washington Post “Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers.”—The New York Times “One of the best series in the history of fantasy.”—Los Angeles Times From the Paperback edition.
A Dance with Dragons is the fifth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin. It was the first novel in the series to be published following the commencement of the HBO series adaptation, Game of Thrones,. The War of the Five King is almost over. In the North, Stannis is at the Wall trying to win the support of the northmen to continue his struggle. Jon Snow is the new Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, but has enemies both in the Watch and beyond the Wall. Tyrion is taken by ship to Pentos. On Slaver’s Bay, Daenerys has conquered Meereen, and has decided to stay and rule the city. Her presence is now known to many in Westeros and emissaries are on their way to find her and use her cause for their own ends. For a complete plot summary, visit WIKIPEDIA or the ASOIAF WIKI.
Major highlights include Stannis’ army being defeated by the Boltons, with his fate unknown (the TV series has him dead). Jon being assassinated by members of the Night’s Watch ala Julius Ceasar. Cersei walking naked in the streets of King’s Landing in atonement for her sins. Daenerys’ rule in Mereen is threatened by a rebellious group called The Sons Of The Harpy. It is sad to stop reading the series at this point while waiting for the 6th and 7th novels. The 6th season of the TV series is not enough for me. I want more!