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

A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I had been looking forward to this book because it follows the characters I like, which A Feast for Crows (my review) lacked, but I was disappointed. The pace is incredibly slow, and there’s almost no fighting or other action. It doesn’t do much to advance the various plots, and it could have been much more succinct; it feels like filler material.

I did like some of the chapters about The Wall, and was happy to finally see the dragons in action, if only briefly. As with the other books, I liked the chapters on Jon, Tyrion, and Daenerys, and some on Arya, better than the others. I didn’t like those about Jaime, or especially Cersei. I was indifferent about the new characters.

The further I get into this series, the more I find myself reading the books simply to get to the next one, and not because I actually enjoy them.

I listened to the unabridged Books on Tape audiobook by Roy Dotrice, which is of excellent quality.

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