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A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A month or so ago my friend Jaye (who some of you know better as Lucan) posted something on my Facebook wall. It was a picture of George R.R. Martin, and it said, under the photograph, "Oh, you have a favorite character? Heh...not anymore you don't..." Anyone who has read the books in A Song of Ice and Fire series, or watched the first season of A Game of Thrones on HBO, knows that Martin has absolutely no hesitation in killing off his characters--characters he's invested in, characters we've invested in.

It makes me crazy. And yet, I keep on reading his books, especially these books.

That said, I didn't enjoy this one as much as others in the series. Perhaps because the politics are messier and more convoluted, perhaps because it spent more time on characters I don't really like than the ones I do. Perhaps because of how I read it, trying to make it last longer, since Martin made us wait so long between this book and A Feast for Crows.

But I read it, the last 200+ pages more avidly than the preceding 700. And, well, I won't spoil it for you. Just remind you to not care too much, don't invest too much, in any character. He will break your heart as surely as winter will come.

And, yes...winter is coming.



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