This is where I discuss the books that I find it hard to write a proper review for – really long books, really short books and books that I can’t figure out what my thoughts are.
In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance — beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.
Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys’s claim to Westeros forever.
Meanwhile, to the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone — a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.
From all corners, bitter conflicts reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all.
A Dance with Dragons saw the return of all the best characters in A Song of Ice and Fire. Dany was back, Tyrion was back, Jon was back – I’d missed all of them whilst reading A Feast for Crows and it was so nice to read about their lives again. I definitely enjoyed this book way more than the A Feast for Crows, and there were a couple of reasons for that.
Of course, the main reason was the characters. I’ve always been a fan of Dany, and she got really awesome in this book. Her story was so interesting, and there was one part where I just had a huge smile on my face because of her. She was amazing. Tyrion was also brilliant and he had a really interesting and unexpected story line in this book. I honestly wasn’t expecting any of what happened to him, and there were parts where I was really worried about him. Jon’s chapters were also great, but that cliffhanger at the end of his last chapter was horrible! I really need the next book now because I can’t cope with the amount of cliffhangers that were in this book.
The world was one of the other reasons that I love the books so much. I like the way the characters do differ in personality based on where they come from, and how their experience of home effects the actions they take when they’re away from home. Also, I love all the maps in the front because it’s really interesting being able to see where the characters are and where they’re going.
This was a great addition to the series, and far better than the previous book, and I cannot wait for The Winds of Winter to be released!