Book: A Dance with Dragons
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #5
Author: George R.R. Martin
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
Review: This was a definite improvement over the previous installment and I cared about the the majority of characters with POV's. However, it seemed like a lot of characters were on a big journeys spread out all over the world, barely anyone reached a destination and the overall plot didn't advance for 3/4 of the book. I was hoping for some dragon action (given the title) but that was sorely lacking. The overall action picked up the last quarter of the book and I'm excited to read the next one (which could be several years from now).
My favorite character arc was Tyrion, even though he has a major daddy complex and constantly repeated 'Where do the whores go?' I can't wait to see his story come alive in the show. A close second was Reek/Theon, even though he only had a few sections (maybe even one) I think he is a fascinating character who has experienced more hardship than anyone else. I'm excited to see how the Jaime/Brienne storyline plays out (I hate Lady Stoneheart and hope it ends with them somehow killing her). Jon Snow ('You know nothing Jon Snow'...also repeated what seemed like a hundred times) and Dany seem like very similar characters to me and they were overall a little boring throughout the book although they ended on an exciting note.
Not the best of the series, but I still liked it.