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The fifth volume, part two of A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. Now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, featuring a stellar cast. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance. In King’s Landing the Queen Regent, Cersei Lannister, awaits trial, abandoned by all those she trusted; while in the eastern city of Yunkai her brother The fifth volume, part two of A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. Now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, featuring a stellar cast. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance. In King’s Landing the Queen Regent, Cersei Lannister, awaits trial, abandoned by all those she trusted; while in the eastern city of Yunkai her brother Tyrion has been sold as a slave. From the Wall, having left his wife and the Red Priestess Melisandre under the protection of Jon Snow, Stannis Baratheon marches south to confront the Boltons at Winterfell. But beyond the Wall the wildling armies are massing for an assault… On all sides bitter conflicts are reigniting, played out by a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves. The tides of destiny will inevitably lead to the greatest dance of all.


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The fifth volume, part two of A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. Now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, featuring a stellar cast. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance. In King’s Landing the Queen Regent, Cersei Lannister, awaits trial, abandoned by all those she trusted; while in the eastern city of Yunkai her brother The fifth volume, part two of A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. Now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, featuring a stellar cast. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance. In King’s Landing the Queen Regent, Cersei Lannister, awaits trial, abandoned by all those she trusted; while in the eastern city of Yunkai her brother Tyrion has been sold as a slave. From the Wall, having left his wife and the Red Priestess Melisandre under the protection of Jon Snow, Stannis Baratheon marches south to confront the Boltons at Winterfell. But beyond the Wall the wildling armies are massing for an assault… On all sides bitter conflicts are reigniting, played out by a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves. The tides of destiny will inevitably lead to the greatest dance of all.

30 review for A Dance with Dragons 2: After the Feast

  1. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte May

    “ Not all men are meant to dance with dragons.” Well shit. I cannot form coherent thoughts right now. I love this world and all it’s twists and turns, treachery and betrayal, Kings and Queens. Arya: Arya is back in part 2 which made me very happy! Living in the temple for the god of many faces, learning the giving of the gift. Tyrion: Still travelling across the East by any means necessary. This even involves capture and escape, also the befriending of a girl, her pig and a bear - one you may r “ Not all men are meant to dance with dragons.” Well shit. I cannot form coherent thoughts right now. I love this world and all it’s twists and turns, treachery and betrayal, Kings and Queens. Arya: Arya is back in part 2 which made me very happy! Living in the temple for the god of many faces, learning the giving of the gift. Tyrion: Still travelling across the East by any means necessary. This even involves capture and escape, also the befriending of a girl, her pig and a bear - one you may recognise. Cersei: Karma finally came for Cersei Lannister. Being tried by the high Septon for a multitude of crimes, keeping her from her beloved Tommen. Jaime: Currently out defending the realm, cleaning up after the war and taking any weakened castles he can. He too comes across an old friend. Reek: Used by Roose Bolton to give away a bride for marriage, (view spoiler)[ Jeyne Poole - posing as Arya Stark bless her (hide spoiler)] Reek gets a brief glimpse of who he was before he was captured and tortured in this way. He dreams of escape, but danger lies at every turn. Daenerys: Meereen is in a right state. Dany does what she thinks is best for her people, (view spoiler)[ marrying a local Lord, but is he who he says he is? (hide spoiler)] to avoid war. While her dragons grow restless in their cages. “I hate this, thought Daenerys Targaryen. How did this happen, that I am drinking and smiling with men I would sooner flay?” Jon: Stannis’ constant presence doesn’t help Jon to remain apart from the battles of Westeros. He invites the Wildlings to the wall so they can fight their common enemy together. While Stannis attempts to deal with his own enemies. But tensions are rising on the wall, who knows how long it can stand the pressure? (view spoiler)[and when Jon receives a letter from the demon that is Ramsay Bolton threatening to hurt 'Arya' he must act (hide spoiler)] Still no Sam, Davos or Sansa, instead we get insights for Quentyn Martell (view spoiler)[ gosh his death was horrendous! (hide spoiler)] and also his family on Dorne. Also the remaining Greyjoys get their own POVs. These books have so much depth to them, I love everything - the good, the bad and the ugly. And now the long wait for the Winds of Winter begins. “Night falls, he thought, and now my war begins.” ************************************ Oh shit! This is all that is published for this series so far?! No!!!! Why did I do this to myself!!! RTC

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    A Dance with Dragons: After the Feast (A Song of Ice and Fire #5, Part 2 of 3) A Dance with Dragons is the fifth of seven planned novels in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by American author George R. R. Martin. In some areas the paperback edition was published in two parts titled "Dreams and Dust" and "After the Feast". Stannis Baratheon, a claimant to the Iron Throne of Westeros, occupies the Wall at the realm's northern border, having helped to repel an invasion of wildlings fro A Dance with Dragons: After the Feast (A Song of Ice and Fire #5, Part 2 of 3) A Dance with Dragons is the fifth of seven planned novels in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by American author George R. R. Martin. In some areas the paperback edition was published in two parts titled "Dreams and Dust" and "After the Feast". Stannis Baratheon, a claimant to the Iron Throne of Westeros, occupies the Wall at the realm's northern border, having helped to repel an invasion of wildlings from the northern wilderness. Stannis apparently executes Mance Rayder, the leader of the wildlings, for refusing to submit to him, and marches south with his army to seek support in his bid for the throne. Jon Snow, the newly elected Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, the order that defends the Wall, brokers a truce with the wildlings, allowing them through the Wall in exchange for their assistance in defending the Wall against the hostile otherworldly creatures known as the Others. This creates unrest among the Night's Watch, who have considered the wildlings their enemies for centuries. Stannis's advisor, the sorceress Melisandre, warns Jon that a Northern girl is in trouble, who Jon assumes is his half-sister, Arya Stark. Mance is revealed to be alive thanks to Melisandre's magical trickery, and he is sent to the Starks' ancestral castle Winterfell, now occupied by the enemy Boltons, to rescue Arya. However, the girl in Melisandre's visions turns out to be Alys Karstark, a young noblewoman fleeing to the Wall to escape her treacherous uncle. To protect Alys and aid the wildlings' integration into Westerosi society, Jon arranges for Alys to marry Sigorn of Thenn, a wildling leader. Jon receives a taunting letter from Ramsay Bolton, who claims to have crushed Stannis's army at Winterfell. Ramsay demands that Jon hand over to him Stannis' wife and daughter or be killed, and also insists that Jon deliver Arya and his foster-brother Theon Greyjoy, neither of whom Jon has seen in years. Jon instead decides that he will seek out and kill Ramsay himself, asking for volunteers from the Watch to accompany him. For this perceived betrayal of the Watch's principle of neutrality, Jon is betrayed and stabbed by several of his own men. Meanwhile, Jon's crippled half-brother Bran Stark, traveling north of the Wall, is led to the last surviving Children of the Forest, the non-human natives of Westeros. They introduce Bran and his companions to the "last greenseer", an ancient man intertwined with the roots of a weirwood tree. He helps Bran learn clairvoyant "greensight", enabling Bran to witness the past and present through the eyes of the weirwood trees that grow throughout the North. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ششم ماه جولای سال 2015 میلادی عنوان: نغمه آتش و یخ جلد پنج: رقص با اژدهاها کتاب دوم؛ نویسنده: جرج آر.آر مارتین؛ مترجم: رویا خادم الرضا؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر ویدا، 1394، در 552ص، شابک: 9786002911360؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی سده 21م کتاب رقص با اژدهاها، سری سه جلدی و پنجمین عنوان از حماسه ی نغمه آتش و یخ، نوشته ی جرج آر. آر. مارتین است که در سال 2011میلادی برای نخستین بار وارد بازار نشر شد. پس از نبردی خونین، آینده ی پادشاهیِ هفتگانه از هر سو با تهدید روبروست. در شرق، «دِنِریس»، آخرین بازمانده از خاندان «تارگِریَن»، به عنوان ملکه ی شهری ساخته شده از غبار و مرگ، با سه اژدهای خود حکمرانی میکند. اما «دنریس»، دشمنان بیشماری دارد و بسیاری قصد کرده اند، تا او را پیدا کنند، و از بین ببرند. «تیریِن لنیستر» نیز که در حال فرار از «وِستِروس» است، تلاش میکند تا خود را به «دنریس» برساند. دیواری بزرگ از یخ و سنگ از شمال نگاهداری میکند؛ سازه ای که استحکام آن، درست به میزان نوانایی نگهبانانش است. در آنجا، «جان اسنو»، نهصد و نود و هشتمین فرمانده ی نگهبانان شب، با بزرگترین چالش زندگی خویش روبرو خواهد شد، چرا که دشمنانی قدرتمند، نه تنها در میان نگهبانان بلکه در پشت دیوار، و سرزمین موجودات یخی، انتظار نابودیش را میکشند. نبردهایی خونین، از هر گوشه و کناری دوباره شعله ور میشوند، خیانتهایی نامنتظره رقم میخورند، و گروهی بزرگ از مجرمان، کشیشان، سربازان، جادوگران، اشراف، و بردگان، با موانعی به ظاهر غیرقابل عبور مواجه میشوند. برخی، شکست خواهند خورد و برخی دیگر با استفاده از قدرت تاریکی، قد عَلَم خواهند کرد. اما در زمانِ هرج و مرج های فزاینده، امواج سرنوشت و سیاست، بدون تردید و به شکلی اجتناب ناپذیر به بزرگترین رقصِ ممکن خواهند انجامید. رقص با اژدهاها تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 19/03/199هجری خورشید؛ ا. شربیانی

  3. 4 out of 5

    George Guven

    WELCOME TO ANOTHER EDITION OF "GEORGE RR MARTIN TOOK ALL MY HOPES AND DREAMS AND WIPED HIS MURDEROUS ARSE WITH THEM". FEATURING CHAPTERS SUCH AS "WHY DO I EVEN BOTHER TO GET ATTACHED TO THE CHARACTERS IN THIS GOD FORSAKEN SERIES", "NO MR MARTIN PLEASE I LIKE THAT CHARACTER", AND MY PERSONAL FAVOURITE: "THERE IS NOTHING LEFT IN WESTEROS BUT SNOW AND CORPSES". THIS ENTIRE SERIES WILL DESTROY YOUR SOUL, DO NOT READ (On a lighter note, 10/10 can't wait for book 6! Definitely worth a read. Ensure you a WELCOME TO ANOTHER EDITION OF "GEORGE RR MARTIN TOOK ALL MY HOPES AND DREAMS AND WIPED HIS MURDEROUS ARSE WITH THEM". FEATURING CHAPTERS SUCH AS "WHY DO I EVEN BOTHER TO GET ATTACHED TO THE CHARACTERS IN THIS GOD FORSAKEN SERIES", "NO MR MARTIN PLEASE I LIKE THAT CHARACTER", AND MY PERSONAL FAVOURITE: "THERE IS NOTHING LEFT IN WESTEROS BUT SNOW AND CORPSES". THIS ENTIRE SERIES WILL DESTROY YOUR SOUL, DO NOT READ (On a lighter note, 10/10 can't wait for book 6! Definitely worth a read. Ensure you are of sound mind in the first place, though.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    I promised myself that I would be caught up with A Song of Ice and Fire before the final series of A Game of Thrones airs, with less than three weeks to go - I’ve finally done it! I’m not the biggest fantasy reader but there’s just something about the characters that Martin has created that I just love. I found reading along with ‘Davos Fingers’ podcast really helpful, they cover 5 chapters an episode so it’s a great indication of how much a needed to read before listening to the next episode. Hear I promised myself that I would be caught up with A Song of Ice and Fire before the final series of A Game of Thrones airs, with less than three weeks to go - I’ve finally done it! I’m not the biggest fantasy reader but there’s just something about the characters that Martin has created that I just love. I found reading along with ‘Davos Fingers’ podcast really helpful, they cover 5 chapters an episode so it’s a great indication of how much a needed to read before listening to the next episode. Hearing people talking passionately about these books adds an extra layer of enjoyment to them... I’m really hoping that The Winds of Winter is released soon after the show raps up, as I enjoy spending time in this world!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hasham Rasool

    This book is absolutely addictive! A Dance with Dragons is better than A Feast for Crow but it isn't good as A Storm of Swords. A Storm of Swords is the best book of A Song of Ice and Fire series. I can't wait The Winds of Winter! I am going to watch Game of Thrones TV series. In the UK, A Song of Ice and Fire book 1-5 have seven volumes: A Game of Thrones A Clash of Kings A Storm of Swords part 1 and 2 A Feast for Crow A Dance with Dragons part 1 and 2 It can be misleading for these people who watch Game This book is absolutely addictive! A Dance with Dragons is better than A Feast for Crow but it isn't good as A Storm of Swords. A Storm of Swords is the best book of A Song of Ice and Fire series. I can't wait The Winds of Winter! I am going to watch Game of Thrones TV series. In the UK, A Song of Ice and Fire book 1-5 have seven volumes: A Game of Thrones A Clash of Kings A Storm of Swords part 1 and 2 A Feast for Crow A Dance with Dragons part 1 and 2 It can be misleading for these people who watch Game of Thrones TV series and they don't know anything about books when they see the seven volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire. It is more likely that they assume that seven volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire is equivalent to seven seasons of Game of Thrones. Actually there are seven Volumes really there are five books because two of them are spilt into parts. The five books are equivalent to five seasons.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Violet

    Look, I will always give these books 5 stars because I love the world so much and I've given so much time to read them and invested in the characters. But after reading this book, I am pretty angry, I still trust George to write this world but I'm starting to get sick of how he is dealing with some of the most important story lines, and most peoples favourite characters. I would never spoil anything, but certain things that he makes happen in this book made me question whether he even cares abou Look, I will always give these books 5 stars because I love the world so much and I've given so much time to read them and invested in the characters. But after reading this book, I am pretty angry, I still trust George to write this world but I'm starting to get sick of how he is dealing with some of the most important story lines, and most peoples favourite characters. I would never spoil anything, but certain things that he makes happen in this book made me question whether he even cares about his audience anymore and moreover the people in these books, and that he is just trying to drag out this story for as long as possible because he loves to keep us guessing, but also never letting us feel safe about any characters. I usually accept this but after 7 books he has got to give me something that leads me to believe that following this story matters in terms of the audience being rewarded with good things happening to favourite characters. Overall I am worried whether the conclusion to the series- 2 books away I know- wont be what any fan will be happy with if George continues to kill, maim, and destroy everything that we hold dear: until we are left with nothing to hold onto anymore.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mick O'Dwyer

    The First Part of A Dance With Dragons fairly ripped along, but everything felt as though it came to a juddering halt with this book. Part of the problem, for me, is that while the sheer number of characters give it a sense of scale you never really get to spend too much time with any of them. The result of that is bigger gaps between each little event in their story, so there a lot of little increments but not nearly enough to drive through the plodding nature of things. Characters that you've The First Part of A Dance With Dragons fairly ripped along, but everything felt as though it came to a juddering halt with this book. Part of the problem, for me, is that while the sheer number of characters give it a sense of scale you never really get to spend too much time with any of them. The result of that is bigger gaps between each little event in their story, so there a lot of little increments but not nearly enough to drive through the plodding nature of things. Characters that you've become attached to disappear for vast chunks of time, and ones you know only have bit parts end up filling chapters that feel a bit tacked on - more like the author's background notes to himself. The problem with 'big' characters being overwhelmed by lesser ones, is that when something of import happens to them there's less attachement - oh well, s/he hasn't done much in the last book and a half. I'm beginning to suspect that having so many characters is a bit of a writer's device to avoid having to deal with things - like resolving the story. It's much harder to write 100 pages about one character's point of view, if you want to keep that character's momentum going, than writing lots of short chapters about events from the viewpoints of multiple minor characters you rarely have to worry about again. I think the TV series does a good job of cutting through a lot of the waffle, as needs must; certainly with this book I found myself beginning to skip large chunks of prose.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Finally I have come to the (current) end of the A Song of Ice and Fire series - it's been a long journey but now I can happily remain unspoiled and wait for The Winds of Winter (whenever that might come about). The second volume of A Dance with Dragons was just as good as the first, with the added inclusion of some totally badass scenes - Daenerys anyone? And so many questions have been left waiting answers in the upcoming book, all of which I am pretty excited about. This book had it all: blood Finally I have come to the (current) end of the A Song of Ice and Fire series - it's been a long journey but now I can happily remain unspoiled and wait for The Winds of Winter (whenever that might come about). The second volume of A Dance with Dragons was just as good as the first, with the added inclusion of some totally badass scenes - Daenerys anyone? And so many questions have been left waiting answers in the upcoming book, all of which I am pretty excited about. This book had it all: blood and gore, intrigue and treachery, mystery and the supernatural. What a series. Now to eagerly await season 5!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Liam

    I NEED WINDS OF WINTER RIGHT NOW!! I HONESTLY CAN'T WAIT MUCH LONGER!! I NEED WINDS OF WINTER RIGHT NOW!! I HONESTLY CAN'T WAIT MUCH LONGER!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    Ugh. How am I supposed to wait now? :(

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hamad Al-Failakawi

    This review concludes my thoughts on the series as a whole *with no plot spoilers for any of the 5 books* It's been exactly 4 days since I've finished the last book of the epic fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire" known to everyone by the adapted TV series which carries the 1st book's name "Game of Thrones" and all that I can do now is to wait for the next one to be released, which is NOT an easy task! The books took me through this amazing journey in which I found myself really attached to th This review concludes my thoughts on the series as a whole *with no plot spoilers for any of the 5 books* It's been exactly 4 days since I've finished the last book of the epic fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire" known to everyone by the adapted TV series which carries the 1st book's name "Game of Thrones" and all that I can do now is to wait for the next one to be released, which is NOT an easy task! The books took me through this amazing journey in which I found myself really attached to the characters, suffering their agony, anticipating in their glory, screaming their pain and shouting their words out loud, it even grew to an addiction in the last book; to the point that I've been reading while driving to work, taking a 1000 pages book with me to the bathroom, dressing myself while devouring words and sniffing paper, chapter after chapter, I didn't even notice the page numbers until I had to sleep and put in a bookmark. The story is being told by a dozen of characters that involves a hundred characters that I've found myself remembering their names, their motto, their houses' names, their guards, their foes, their sigils, their stupidity, their cunning thoughts, their weapons, their dreams, their looks (hair/eye color, height and weight) and their complex personalities, it's like a tree with an endless number of branches that produces other branches not to mention the ancient roots that might have touched the core of the earth and if you look around you'll find that that tree has multiple trunks. 5369 pages of EPIC wars, slyness and evil plotting, broken dreams and headless corpses, fire and blood everywhere, frozen lands with nothing but grey and absolute darkness. The strange aura that each character produced, the first line every single chapter opened with, the way every single word was chosen to close those chapters... Was captivating and truly satisfying. It's not really easy to follow up all those names around the continents, but George R. R. Martin's genius made it possible, as if the events themselves weren't enough to look upon, he added prophecies, future visions and warning signs, to leave you on the edge of your seat (oh and how many a time I've fallen off that seat...) helpless against the tide of what's coming AND as if that wasn't enough, he left candy and chocolate bars between the lines, many took no notice of that and still got paralyzed by the twisted plot, and for those who did... Oh... OHHHH HEAVENS! 4 days have passed and I couldn't even force myself to pick up a new book to read, it was only today that I've decided to read one of the Narnia chronicles, and I can't tell you how many times I had to throw the book against the wall, even though it's to be considered under the fantasy genre. This state of conscious dilemma went even further to the point of rereading the final 3 chapters over and over again (with one in particular which had a wedding cake between the lines instead of the candy...). Fantasy has always been: good vs evil, elves and dwarves, a war for righteousness and justice with a simple set of characters, orphans and homeless kids that evolve into some legendary heroes by the end of the book but the way Martin does it is completely different. The world is sick; full with filth, death seems to be served for dinner, rape and corruption are merely a joke, a dog might be envied by a slave and religion is a lost cause. The characters are neither good or bad, if there is a word to describe them it would be "Real". Everyone is motivated by his own conscious and a twistedly horrifying sense of justice, following the story I became attached to murderers and rapers, smugglers and usurpers, mothers and honorable knights, going deep into their souls to touch their thoughts and speculate their subconsciouses and doubts, it's a terrifying experience that left me in a state of silence with thousands of thoughts in a flux of questions. A reluctant feeling, a cadaverous face, an annoying fear and a remnant of words. I've been inspired, enlightened, and beguiled. I don't really care who's going to sit the Iron Throne in the end, nor who's going to die next, I'll be satisfied if I can go back to westeros and peek into those frightening thoughts again. Thank you, George R. R. Martin. Oh and it's funny that Martin's new nickname is the "American Tolkien", because if Tolkien was alive he'd need to work harder to achieve the title the "British Martin".

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    The chapters in all the GOT books are organized by character so that an alternative way to read the books is to do just and follow one character through each of the volumes, rather than read each volume from cover to cover as one would normally. Since each character follows part of the overall timeline they sometimes overlap each other's narrative, but most often not, and it is an interesting way to follow the various twists and turns of the plot through all the volumes not just this one. Someti The chapters in all the GOT books are organized by character so that an alternative way to read the books is to do just and follow one character through each of the volumes, rather than read each volume from cover to cover as one would normally. Since each character follows part of the overall timeline they sometimes overlap each other's narrative, but most often not, and it is an interesting way to follow the various twists and turns of the plot through all the volumes not just this one. Sometimes one has the feeling that it is simply a script for a computer game but the pace and complexity of the story never slackens for a minute and whichever way you choose to read it, a very well written and engrossing tale. Don't for a second be put off by those litsnobs who equate popularity with mediocrity. This is a series in a true sense and repays the effort spent disentangling the plot and characters. If you like a simpler life then feel free to go and read Harry Potter for the nth time.

  13. 4 out of 5

    mayy

    "She is the widow of a Dothraki khal, a mother of dragons and sacker of cities, Aegon the Conqueror with teats." So far the last book in the series of A Song of Ice and Fire. A couple of new characters (well, I say a couple I mean a lot), new plot-twists, and a lot of new information. And I LOVED it! I actually had to put it down for a couple of days, because I had to read this other book for school, so when I picked it up again I thought to myself: " Okay, if I read for a hour every day I can fin "She is the widow of a Dothraki khal, a mother of dragons and sacker of cities, Aegon the Conqueror with teats." So far the last book in the series of A Song of Ice and Fire. A couple of new characters (well, I say a couple I mean a lot), new plot-twists, and a lot of new information. And I LOVED it! I actually had to put it down for a couple of days, because I had to read this other book for school, so when I picked it up again I thought to myself: " Okay, if I read for a hour every day I can finish it by the end of the week" I was on page 32 when I picked it up again and I started reading it again yesterday, and the book has 493 pages so I don't really need to explain how much I loved the book. Okay, two things helped me along: 1) I have been sick since yesterday so I had nothing else to do 2) I was listening to it as an audiobook while reading the physical copy, which helped because the narroater is absolutely flawless, granted a bit slow but I had it on double speed I loved learning about the new characters and once again re-investing myself within the already to familiar ones! There some amazing new resolutions but also some that were pretty shocking and a little heart-wrenching... I cannot wait to receive the answers in George R R Martin's next (and hopefully soon) release in the Song of Fire and Ice series that were left unanswered in A Dance with Dragons!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kyriakos Sorokkou

    Because Martin's manuscript of his fourth book was a gazillion times longer than the third, he decided to separate it. Not chronologically but location wise. This was the second time reading the series, so I tried something different. I found online a list that combines the chapters of A Feast for Crows with the chapters mainly of the first part (Dreams and Dust) of the 5th book (A Dance with Dragons). I read this second volume (After the Feast) almost on its own. And IF I read the series again, and Because Martin's manuscript of his fourth book was a gazillion times longer than the third, he decided to separate it. Not chronologically but location wise. This was the second time reading the series, so I tried something different. I found online a list that combines the chapters of A Feast for Crows with the chapters mainly of the first part (Dreams and Dust) of the 5th book (A Dance with Dragons). I read this second volume (After the Feast) almost on its own. And IF I read the series again, and IF it's over, I'll read it in that way again. I don't want to be bored again. More in Greek at βιβλιοΑλχημείες

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shifad

    And alas! Now, I am in for a long wait! The author is outrageously irresponsible. He published this book in 2011 and till now he hasn't published the next book. GRRM, when you create a world so brilliant, it is a crime to make us wait for the next book in the series! Keeping in line with all his previous works, he kept the same level of brilliance in character portrayal and world-building. This is my favorite book in the series. This book has lots of Tyrion in it and what more could a guy want. T And alas! Now, I am in for a long wait! The author is outrageously irresponsible. He published this book in 2011 and till now he hasn't published the next book. GRRM, when you create a world so brilliant, it is a crime to make us wait for the next book in the series! Keeping in line with all his previous works, he kept the same level of brilliance in character portrayal and world-building. This is my favorite book in the series. This book has lots of Tyrion in it and what more could a guy want. The imp suffers and emerges victoriously. The arc of the imp follows a different version than its TV counterpart. There are, as usual, many differences from the TV show. So for those who still thinking about picking up the book, stop waiting. Start reading. There is Cersei's walk of shame. Arya learn to become A man with many faces. And John Snow dies. The other characters are still alive and kicking. For how long? Well, let's see what the author has in store for them. Every character is on the brink of some major change. And the books end in not one, but in many cliffhangers! I would love to know where Jaime runs off with Brienne. So many changes from the show, I am clinging on to his every word. Let the winds blow. Words are wind. And this author is bloody typhoon! Let the winds of winter blow!

  16. 5 out of 5

    alterego_bookaholic (Upasana Singh)

    There is so much which is not there in the HBO series and it really gave me altogether a new perspective to read this one. My favourite characters being Tyrion Lanniter and Arya Stark where i have so much anticipation to the semi-finale and finale of this book series. Desperately waiting for the Winds of Winter.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tanja

    I was dragging this read for as long as I could in hopes that „Winds of Winter” would be published, but honestly, I have given up all hope of that ever happening. As in all other books in the series, George R.R. Martin’s storytelling kept the same level of brilliance. Excellent book, fantastic series, and I highly recommend everyone to read it, if you don't mind never finding out how it ends. I was dragging this read for as long as I could in hopes that „Winds of Winter” would be published, but honestly, I have given up all hope of that ever happening. As in all other books in the series, George R.R. Martin’s storytelling kept the same level of brilliance. Excellent book, fantastic series, and I highly recommend everyone to read it, if you don't mind never finding out how it ends.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anachronist

    Synopsis or something like that: It is he fifth volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, the fantasy epic series which has been made very popular nowadays. If you have read the previous four parts you know that summarizing the fifth would be close to impossible; if you haven’t read any of them, well, just let me tell you no summary an no TV series can prepare you for the complexity of those books. In fact the plot is so convoluted as to defy synopsis. Really even the work of Tolkien pales in comparison. Synopsis or something like that: It is he fifth volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, the fantasy epic series which has been made very popular nowadays. If you have read the previous four parts you know that summarizing the fifth would be close to impossible; if you haven’t read any of them, well, just let me tell you no summary an no TV series can prepare you for the complexity of those books. In fact the plot is so convoluted as to defy synopsis. Really even the work of Tolkien pales in comparison. What can be said…winter is coming and the seven Kingdoms are hardly prepared for it because they plot and prepare for a war – every ruler wants to assure the Iron Throne, currently occupied by a child, Tommen Baratheon, will fall into the hands of their man or woman. What I liked: Just several chapters, really; and if I described them in more detail I would spoil you horribly. As usual, I am giving you the choice: click and read if you want to or skip if you prefer not to be spoiled: (view spoiler)[- Finally we know for sure Brienne is alive but we still aren’t told how and why – she meets with Jaime and informs him that Sandor has Sansa under his care. Now I wonder…how would Petyr Baelish, lord Littlefinger, react if he knew? Does he know? Is he still among living? - Arya is progressing on the path of Braavos Faceless Men (assassins trained in the Temple of Black and White). Now we are told that she was made blind on purpose and then that process is reverted. She is also shown how to change her face and sent as an apprentice on her first mission. Go Arya, GO! - Cersei was humiliated for her sins: she was shaved bald and led, naked, through the King’s Landing. Still she is alive. Ok, great, I can’t wait for her meeting Tyrion again. - Tyrion was first sold as a slave and then joined the Golden Company of sellswords and other scum. He will have an interesting life for sure but he is one of the best characters around. If only it took him less time.... (hide spoiler)] What I didn’t like: General remarks, spoiler-free: This story is becoming so huge, so convoluted, so Byzantine that it is really difficult to keep your interest, especially that different parts have been published several years apart. I really struggled reading this one – too many inner monologues, too many info dumps, too much info about secondary characters who were hardly germane to the story. It seems the author, after a tremendously good start, tripped over his own pen. Ok, I understand, it is more likely than not THE story of his life and he did plan it as a panorama rather than a portrait or a simple landscape but really he went over the top with the number of sub-plots, different trivial descriptions of this custom or that and all those strange names of strange foreign people I hardly remembered or recognized at all. What’s more the author started to repeat different plot devices – sometimes I felt as if I breathed recycled air; officially everything is fine but your nose recognizes the same particles and starts to itch… More particular remarks, they include serious spoilers: (view spoiler)[ - The death (?) of Jon Snow was a horrible scene; still maybe he survived, - I’ve had enough of Cersei in the previous books and here she got three more chapters or so; really unfair, I would prefer more Arya/Tyrion chapters - Sometimes the narration was so slow that almost sleep-inducing (e.g. the journey of Tyrion to Mereen or the whinnying of Theon aka Reek) - Danny was reduced to a goody-goody Snow White who cannot determine her priorities because she is too occupied bedding Daario; her inner dragon had to go into a coma; her little flying adventure on a big, bad, black Drogon made me despise her even more; - Too many witches/priestesses/prophetesses/greenseers/whiteseers etc. around, too many different prophesies. Boring. (hide spoiler)] Final verdict: It took me almost a month to get through this book. I didn’t want to start reading and I forced myself to finish it. Some chapters were worth the effort but most of them I found too long and boring and let me tell you I was never bored by the previous novels. In my humble opinion a determined editor should have cut out at least half of the material, making the story more compact and edgy. Will I continue reading? Yes, some characters are worth it. Still it seems the series is deteriorating and it is a bit sad. Two stars.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Catarina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wow. This book was very good. Afterall, it was written my GRRM. However, I must admit that at certain points, I thought it was boring. I was feeling really disappointed, because I missed all the emotion/excitement from A Storm of Swords. But thank God I was wrong! I mean, certain parts were actually a bit boring (thence the 4 stars, instead of the 5 stars): I sometimes wanted to slap Daenerys, and tell her to calm her hormones, or I kept wishing there were Sansa chapters, and more Jaime and Cerse Wow. This book was very good. Afterall, it was written my GRRM. However, I must admit that at certain points, I thought it was boring. I was feeling really disappointed, because I missed all the emotion/excitement from A Storm of Swords. But thank God I was wrong! I mean, certain parts were actually a bit boring (thence the 4 stars, instead of the 5 stars): I sometimes wanted to slap Daenerys, and tell her to calm her hormones, or I kept wishing there were Sansa chapters, and more Jaime and Cersei chapters. Speaking of Cersei, her chapters were definitely my favourite ones during this book! Not to mention how much I loved all the Theon and Asha chapters. I have a thing for the Greyjoys. I also felt that GRRM was trying to hold back everything related to Aegon Targaryen, but the epilogue left me completely speechless. Varys, you definitely are the best player at the game of thrones. Oh, and... JON SNOW! I can't believe he's dead. He's not, is he? I always thought he was Azor Ahai reborn, so let's hope I'm not wrong! I'm not ready no lose him. HE'S MY BB. And now I'm (im)patiently waiting for The Winds of Winter...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dee's Reading Zone

    Fabulous read but the ending made this book! Bring on book 6!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Abram

    My Rating:5/5 So far I have read This book could be the best. A dance with dragons can easily a standout from all the other fantasy stories and twists.....guys, twist. You definitely Can't expect those twists. The story is really really large that confines to bigger levels and the characters are created in a manner that feels like "Complete". This book is as good as all the other books in the series. And still I don't like the order of the final chapters ( Jon chapter should have been the final c My Rating:5/5 So far I have read This book could be the best. A dance with dragons can easily a standout from all the other fantasy stories and twists.....guys, twist. You definitely Can't expect those twists. The story is really really large that confines to bigger levels and the characters are created in a manner that feels like "Complete". This book is as good as all the other books in the series. And still I don't like the order of the final chapters ( Jon chapter should have been the final chapter). So I am already waiting for the next book . Thank you for reading. See u guys later<>//

  22. 5 out of 5

    Abdullah

    WTF YOU CANT JUST DO THAT I WANT WINDS OF WINTER NOW :(

  23. 4 out of 5

    Josh (Beards & Books)

    Another amazing book in the Game of Thrones series, I will say, if it wasn't for the TV show I would be fuming with how this one ended knowing it came out in 2011 and we are STILL waiting for the next book! Another 5 star read for me, cant wait for the Winds of Winter! Another amazing book in the Game of Thrones series, I will say, if it wasn't for the TV show I would be fuming with how this one ended knowing it came out in 2011 and we are STILL waiting for the next book! Another 5 star read for me, cant wait for the Winds of Winter!

  24. 5 out of 5

    James

    So again, George R.R. Martin is unable to write a book that can be safely published as a single volume paperback. Perhaps somebody should explain to him that slightly smaller novels, published more regularly, might keep the haters at bay - heck it might even make it less of a chore for him to write. As with the split of A Storm of Swords the second book was the better part of the novel. Although less markedly so this time I thought. The first third of the book continues pretty much where A So again, George R.R. Martin is unable to write a book that can be safely published as a single volume paperback. Perhaps somebody should explain to him that slightly smaller novels, published more regularly, might keep the haters at bay - heck it might even make it less of a chore for him to write. As with the split of A Storm of Swords the second book was the better part of the novel. Although less markedly so this time I thought. The first third of the book continues pretty much where A Dance With Dragons: Dreams and Dust stopped. The chapters concentrate on Theon, Daenerys, Jon, Arya and Tyrion to complete the catch-up with the parallel stories in A Feast for Crows . Only the second two-thirds really start to progress the story at all. Even then though the progress seems more limited that I'd hoped. Some of the characters almost seem to be stagnating. Martin seems to be holding some characters back from fulfilling their story-potential, in a way that starts to feel artificial. Like he doesn't want to start the next phases of their stories until the next book, but he feels he has to have them doing something to fill the chapters. All that said, the book is still enjoyable. Martin writes these characters well. The book builds up to a good, trademark-Martin, twist. Where another character previously thought to be 'safe' suddenly gets brutally murdered completely out of the blue. Although, obviously it's supposed to be a cliffhanger, so you're not going to be totally sure until the next book. Bloody typical.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah u

    Several people told me before I started A Dance with Dragons that the second half of the novel was the better and boy, were they right. This was everything I have wanted from A Song of Ice and Fire- twists, turns, surprises, and something to think about- since finishing A Storm of Swords. Some of the storylines I was hoping to see again in part two of A Dance with Dragons were not present, mainly (view spoiler)[the new mission for Davos Seaworth, a little more from the family in Dorne, Sansa and Several people told me before I started A Dance with Dragons that the second half of the novel was the better and boy, were they right. This was everything I have wanted from A Song of Ice and Fire- twists, turns, surprises, and something to think about- since finishing A Storm of Swords. Some of the storylines I was hoping to see again in part two of A Dance with Dragons were not present, mainly (view spoiler)[the new mission for Davos Seaworth, a little more from the family in Dorne, Sansa and Littlefinger's next moves, and what Samwell Tarly is up to at the Citadel (hide spoiler)] . I can't imagine why any of these story threads won't be in The Winds of Winter, so at least there is something to look forward to. As for the others who make up this novel- Daenerys, Stannis, Tyrion, Ser Jorah, Bran, Mance Rayder, Cersei (who I actually really felt for in her final chapter of this novel), Theon, Jon Snow, Melisandre.... it's all cliffhangers. I am not sure I believe either (view spoiler)[the contents of Ramsay Snow's letter, or that Jon Snow is going to die- we are never told what it was he and Tormund are plotting for those two hours, after all, and there's already been one body-switch at the Wall, so why not another? I know I really like Jon Snow and this could be me trying to comfort myself, but you never know, right? (hide spoiler)] . Again, I am looking forward to The Winds of Winter which will hopefully resolve these cliffhangers (and probably set up a few more!). The real surprise of this novel was (view spoiler)[the appearance of the long believed dead Aegon Targaryen, and the building of this storyline was great. The reappearance of Varys in the epilogue- wow! I wondered where he had got to. I wonder now if Varys has known all along that the murdered baby wasn't the real Aegon, and if he was just biding his time while serving the Baratheon kings. Also, if a trueborn Targaryen claims the Iron Throne, will Stannis back down from his own claim and bend the knee to Aegon? I really hope to see this part of the story again in the next book (hide spoiler)] . I do think that this novel, like A Feast for Crows before it, suffers from some technical issues such as repetition ((view spoiler)[Reek, Reek, it rhymes with... to name just one (hide spoiler)] ), a great deal of description and some of the characters being a bit, well, meh ((view spoiler)[what on Earth has happened to Arya Stark? (hide spoiler)] ). The cast is getting even bigger, and it seems that the nice guys are doomed to finish last. I also don't think the female characters were as strong in this book- look at Cersei's fate! Compared to Feast, however, I found the issues were not bothering me as much in this book- probably because I was enjoying this book so much more- although I did notice them. All in all, a terrific second half of a novel that is just what I was looking for.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christine Spoors

    I think this final book was one of my favourites from the series so far! The deaths and plot twists in this book were completely unexpected and I was really surprised. I am excited about a lot of the newer characters and the new direction some plots are heading in. Everything has changed and I really don't know what to expect from Winds of Winter. My favourite POV from this book were Victarion Greyjoy and Cersei, they are both such interesting characters and their storylines have remained interest I think this final book was one of my favourites from the series so far! The deaths and plot twists in this book were completely unexpected and I was really surprised. I am excited about a lot of the newer characters and the new direction some plots are heading in. Everything has changed and I really don't know what to expect from Winds of Winter. My favourite POV from this book were Victarion Greyjoy and Cersei, they are both such interesting characters and their storylines have remained interesting and exciting. As always George R R Martin writes amazingly and the world building is just mind blowing! I am so excited that winter has finally arrived and I can't wait to read the next book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Craig "NEEDS MORE DAMN TIME TO READ !!!!"

    That's it, finished, done, no more Game of thrones related fun now. Finished all current seasons of the television show, finished all currently available books, life is over haha. Seriously though, another great read! As much as I love the show I really do like how in depth the books are even though there is a lot to keep track of and a lot of characters!! The threads and events that happen in this book make book 6 a hard wait indeed... That's it, finished, done, no more Game of thrones related fun now. Finished all current seasons of the television show, finished all currently available books, life is over haha. Seriously though, another great read! As much as I love the show I really do like how in depth the books are even though there is a lot to keep track of and a lot of characters!! The threads and events that happen in this book make book 6 a hard wait indeed...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anchica

    I wanted to give this book 4 stars, but the ending was amazing :O

  29. 5 out of 5

    Saman

    I've had enough of GOT to last until the release of The Winds of Winter! I've had enough of GOT to last until the release of The Winds of Winter!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shannen

    *4.5 Wow, I am definitely impressed by this series. It's unbelievable how many interesting and complex characters this man manages to invent and how all of their intricate story lines and histories intertwine. I can't wait to read the last two books! *4.5 Wow, I am definitely impressed by this series. It's unbelievable how many interesting and complex characters this man manages to invent and how all of their intricate story lines and histories intertwine. I can't wait to read the last two books!

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