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Book Review of "A Dance with Dragons" by George R. R. Martin

Updated on September 19, 2015

HBO's Game of Thrones

GoT Season 01 poster
GoT Season 01 poster

About the Game of Thrones...

I'm sure anyone and everyone who has watched HBO or even has access to any social media are aware of the Game of Thrones frenzy spreading over the world right now.

The popularity of the Game of Thrones book series rose leaps and bounds after the release of 'The Game of Thrones' TV series on HBO.

Game of Thrones is a high fantasy novel series written by the bestselling author, George R. R. Martin. The first book of the series, 'A Game of Thrones' was published as early as 1996, but the hype caught up on the books when the TV series first aired on HBO in mid 2011.

Since the airing of the Season 01 on HBO, Game of Thrones has been crowned as the number 01 tv series by user rankings on IMDb. It is also awarded the 'most pirated' tv show in the whole world. And this craze does not die down either. In fact it grows stronger every season.

Season 03 of Game of Thrones just finished and the season finale was ranked the most watched tv episode in the history and also the most pirated episode in the history.

These all humongous facts point at one direction and that is the fact that the book series is extremely 'good' for the tv series to be that good. The hype is now on the books as well. One of the main reasons for this is that the GoT fanatics are craving for more and more of GoT and also the tv series is way behind the book series.

Book 5, 'A Dance with Dragons' is the latest release by G. R. R. Martin and there is no official news on the release of book 06, which is supposedly named as 'The Winds of Winter'. The series comprises of 7 books as per the author.

A Dance with Dragons...

book cover
book cover

About the book...

A Dance with Dragons is the fifth release of the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series. (Sometimes it also could be referred to as the sixth book, due to the division of book 03, A Storm of Swords, into two parts).

If you have read up to book 04, you will understand the following that takes place in book 05. This is not a spoiler, but merely a stage setting for what to be expected in book 05.

The story begins at a stage where the Seven Kingdoms are at unrest after the colossal battle that took place in book 4.

Daenerys Targaryen, Khaleesi, has built her own kingdom in the dust and awaits the proper time to lead an attack with her three dragons. This is to the far east of the world and to the very North, Jon Snow is the new commander of the Night's Watch, a destined position I must say. And amidst all this conflicts boil up under the ash waiting for the eruption at any second.

Honestly I don't want to give any insights into the contents of the book, because that may spoil the appetite for some readers. Anyway if anyone is interested to know what to expect in this book you can read the Wikipedia review here: Wikipedia

4 stars for A Dance with Dragons

Listen to what G. R. R. Martin has to say about A Dance with Dragons

The author of the book series...

George R. R. Martin
George R. R. Martin

About the author...

George R. R. Martin has been acclaimed as one of the most successful writers of high-fantasy genre on account of the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series, which is basically the Game of Thrones series.

His writing began as early as when he was in school and sold small pieces of poems, short stories and such for a small amount of money. His genuine interest for writing as a career developed sometime later however.

He has publicly admitted that his work has been influenced by the great author J. R. R. Tolkien (the author of 'The Lord of the Rings' series) and we can see that to some extent the influence of Tolkien writing composure in Game of Thrones books.

He is known to take his own slow time in developing the Game of Thrones series. The first book of Game of Thrones named, 'A Game of Thrones' was published as early as 1996 and still he is working on the 6th book.

G. R. R. Martin has also written other books such as;

  • Fevre Dream
  • Tuf Voyaging
  • Dreamsongs: Volume I
  • Dreamsongs: Volume II
  • Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse
  • Dying of the Light


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