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A Dance With Dragons

by George R R Martin

Library Journal This fifth installment of Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" saga (after A Feast for Crows) visits the northern reaches of the Seven Kingdoms. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Library Journal The war of the kings has left Westeros battered, bloody, and without leadership. Self-proclaimed King Stannis still seeks the Iron Throne but must gather new supporters in his efforts to win back his brother's kingdom. Jon Snow, newly chosen Lord Commander of the Wall, battles the undead, diminishing stores, and his own personal loyalties. The remaining Stark children are scattered to the winds, each believing the others dead or lost forever. Across the sea, Queen Daenerys Targaryen maintains a tenuous hold on her conquered lands. In Martin's long-awaited fifth title in his projected seven-book series, fans will be relieved to pick up the action with favorite characters missing from the previous book (A Feast for Crows), including Snow, Tyrion Lannister, Theon Greyjoy, and Bran Stark. As the action moves forward and the time lines between the two books begin to meld, it becomes clear that if battle and blood cannot win the throne and unite the realm, perhaps the war will be won through marriage, magic, and faith. Readers must remember, though, no character is safe, no outcome is assured, and Winter is coming! Verdict Nearly six years after A Feast for Crows was released, this new volume has a huge and hungry audience. With the added interest sparked by the HBO series Game of Thrones and the breadth of the material, expect high demand for the entire series as new readers start from the beginning and longstanding fans refresh their memories. [With a 350,000-copy first printing.]-Jennifer Beach, Cumberland Cty. PL, VA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Publishers Weekly A few images recur in the enormously complex fifth installment of Martin's massively multicharacter epic: the chess-like game cyvasse, small rivers flowing into larger ones, ships and armies battered by terrible storms. These themes suggest that readers should think strategically, be patient as the story grows, and brace for a beating. Martin's fans, however, are hungry for more action and purpose, their appetites whetted by a six-year wait and the recent HBO adaptation of A Game of Thrones. Dance was originally the second half of 2005's A Feast for Crows, sometimes criticized for shifting from battles and intrigue to slow trudges through war-torn, corpse-littered Westeros. The new volume has a similar feel to Feast and takes place over a similar time frame; Martin keeps it fresh by focusing on popular characters Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, and Jon Snow, all notably absent from the previous book. These three are generally thought the most plausible riders of the titular dragons, but plots within plots abound, and two strong new candidates for those scaly saddles emerge as a powerful enemy threatens Daenerys's captured city of Meereen, Tyrion is kidnapped by slavers, and treachery undermines Jon's command of the undead-battling Night's Watch. More characters are revived than killed off and more peace accords signed than wars declared, but the heart-hammering conclusion hints that the next installment will see a return to the fiery battles and icy terror that earned the series its fanatic following. Even ostensibly disillusioned fans will be caught up in the interweaving stories, especially when Martin drops little hints around long-debated questions such as Jon's parentage. Author tour. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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