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. -Goodreads
My Rating: 5/5
As always, the characters are one of the best things about this book, with the world coming in at a close second. I love most of the POVs – at least the way they are written – as they all feel so complex, so real. Each voice sounds different and wants different things which so many authors fail to manage successfully when writing their characters.
The world itself just astounds me. I’m loving the sudden increase in lore when it comes to the history of the Three-Eyed Crow and greenseers and all of that magic stuff in the north.
Dorne is so GOOD in the books! They really missed a trick with the TV show as there is just so much going on in Dorne and it’s brilliant. (It was a bit slow in book 4 but now it feels like it’s going somewhere).
I can see why everyone is desperate for Martin to finish the series – but I can also see why Martin is taking so long over it! There is so much more to cover.
When you finish this book, you realise just how much the TV show missed out and skipped over. All because they wanted to rush though the story and only tell the Jon and Dany story – fair enough, but I wish everyone who watched the show would read the books! I’m glad I finally got to this point. There is so much more to the story – so much to explore and enjoy. Jon and Dany’s storylines in this book end on cliff-hangers, as does Aegon’s…
I’m very excited for the next book! I honestly have no idea how these stories are going to end as they feel so different from the show, and that’s good. I was worried I would get bored reading the books, but I was wrong – they’re great!
(Possible) SPOILER SECTION
No spoilers for this review – I might come back to it in the future, or possibly start writing some discussion posts on the books and characters of the series. It is just so hard to be general when talking about a book 4 books into a series!