I rose too high, loved too hard, dared too much. I tried to grasp a star, overreached, and fell.”Excerpt from:
A Dance With Dragons
by George R.R. Martin
Synopsis from AWOIAF:
A Dance with Dragons picks up where A Storm of Swords leaves off and runs simultaneously with events in A Feast for Crows. The War of the Five Kings seems to be winding down. In the north, King Stannis Baratheon has installed himself at the Wall and vowed to win the support of the northmen to continue his struggle to claim the Iron Throne, although this is complicated by the fact that much of the west coast is under occupation by the ironborn. On the Wall itself Jon Snow has been elected the 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, but has enemies both in the Watch and beyond the Wall. Tyrion Lannister has been taken by ship across the narrow sea to Pentos, but his eventual goals are unknown even to him. On Slaver’s Bay, Daenerys Targaryen has conquered the city of Meereen, and has decided to stay and rule the city, honing her skills of leadership which will be needed when she travels on to Westeros. Daenerys’s presence is now known to many in Westeros, and from the Iron Islands and Dorne, from Oldtown and the Free Cities, emissaries are on their way to find her and use her cause for their own ends…
A Dance with Dragons takes place in the year 300 AC, and partly runs simultaneously with A Feast for Crows, but continues on longer into the year 300 than the previous book did.
Alas! I’ve finished reading the book. I haven’t read for a while because of the chores I had to complete during the last few days. I fell behind on my book reviews, but I have caught up with the fifth Game of Thrones book. This book thus serves as a companion to Feast of Crows. Although I really read this book right after finishing the fourth because I couldn’t get enough of it, his most recent book that has been released so far does not provide the answers I was hoping for.
Although his five novels have received a lot of unfavorable reviews, I enjoyed reading them. Based on what I’ve read, I genuinely desire a remake of the TV show. I want to go back and start the series over. I’m not sure why Benioff and Weiss made the decision to remove a lot of fantastic characters from the show since in my opinion, these characters are crucial to the success of Game of Thrones. I’m terribly sorry guys, but this review could include spoilers if you haven’t yet watched the movie or read the book. I’m at a loss for what to do, especially if the actor who identified himself as Aegon, along with Princess Arianne, Val, Quentyn, and even Jeyne Poole, were dropped from the TV show. They are all likeable individuals who had significant roles to play in the story. Prior to reading this, I first believed that the series was fine, but it is now an absolute mess. As a die-hard fan, I was annoyed.
Anyway, I never cease to be in awe of how George R.R. Martin created the entire series of books. He made me feel as though I knew every person and every house, just like they were real. My reading experience is so strong that as soon as he just explains a character’s behavior, I begin to make an educated estimate as to which house the character belongs in. He constructed a brand-new realm that I had the opportunity to experience and continue to be curious about. In each book in this series, he will let us experience how different families play the game of thrones and how they continue their game in order to attain the throne, which continuously involves betrayal and in which they cannot trust anybody, not even their own children.
I may say that Theon is my favorite character in this book. With each turn he says, my enthusiasm increases. When he turned into the turncloak, I had the same feelings of despair, dread, and regret that he did. I will undoubtedly read George’s book, even though it is terrible to read, if it is about Theon’s life when he was taken by Ramsay.
I will definitely recommend this novel to those who watched the HBO series and to those who haven’t. These 5 novels are definitely a must-read novels. Now I am waiting for his 6th one. I hope it will release soon. ☺️