My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Yet another book, and yet another series of plots and politics, murders and masquerades, honor and hidden intentions, duty and death.
Lords, Ladies, and Free-folks! A Dance With Dragons and George R.R. Martin do not fail to deliver on the promises of the past.
It is just as riveting as any of its predecessor, with strong characters, intriguing plot lines, simple language, and just the right touch of reality. The only major disadvantage of this book should be its size. I mean, yes, every fan wants his favorite book to never end. But… see, he doesn’t actually want it to never end. Duh.
But there was nothing the author could have done about it (at least, not in the fifth book). After weaving an epic tale that covers such a large set of characters, geography, political boundaries, Houses, and even Religion… there was no way this was going to be short.
Anyway, instead of following up on the events of the fourth book, “A Dance…” picks up from where the third book left us (and takes us a little forward from the fourth book). Only this time, the story is told from the viewpoint of a different set of characters. It tells of the epic saga of Quentyn Martell, the cunning journey of Tyrion Lannister, the struggle of Queen Daenerys, the conquest of Euron Grejoy, of the land-beyond-the-wall, and of forgotten tales of half-heroes, and the half-tales of forgotten heroes!
There still are many gaps… incomplete stories… for the author to fill in, and fast. The book is not without flaws. Some things, and a very minor ones at that — like the overuse of the expression “Words are winds” (and important people dying up like roaches!) — really irk me.
Many long-held questions still go unanswered. But many other plots finally fall into place and has now begun to take shape. You can almost form a vague and dim outline of the end that is soon to follow.
But who are we kidding? This is A Song of Ice and Fire. Even the most unimaginable of things may happen. And that is the only absolute certainty.
On to the HBO Series now!