Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Review: A Dance With Dragons

A Dance with Dragons
George R. R. Martin
Published by Bantam
Publication date: July 12, 2011

I've done it.  For the past few months, I've been reading A Dance With Dragons whenever I had a spare moment.  It took me almost two months to get through its 1,000+ pages, but I finished it this afternoon.

My thoughts?  There's a favorite quote in the book, "words are wind", and I found that to be true about this story.  Lots of wind, but the storm never really arrived.  One of the pitfalls in just about every multi-volume story is that there is eventually a book in the series that really only serves to setup the next book.  A Dance With Dragons is one of those books.  (See also, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [Rowling] and The Dark Tower Book 6: Song of Susannah [King] and Xenocide [Card])

With that said, I really enjoyed the experience.  Like a chess game, all of the pieces have been put in place for an epic showdown.  New characters have staked their positions, familiar faces have performed their maneuvers.  And with all this movement and posturing, we still end the book with Daenerys rudderless and no closer to her goal of re-taking Westeros.

Like all good Song of Ice and Fire novels, we have a few new dead characters, but I'm certain that one of them isn't really dead at all.  Fans of George R.R. Martin's work have come to expect their favorite characters to be killed off - but I think we're also getting better at knowing when to call Martin's bluff.

Overall, it was a good read.  Some sections were a bit of a chore to get through, but for the most part, I enjoyed it.

Rating: 7/10

Book source: purchased

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