#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER THE BOOK BEHIND THE FIFTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIESGAME OF THRONES
Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time
magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the #1New York Times
bestselling author delivers the fifth book in his landmark seriesas both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.A DANCE WITH DRAGONSA SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK FIVE
In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balancebeset 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 Daeneryss claim to Westeros forever.
Meanwhile, to the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stonea structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Nights 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.Praise for A Dance with Dragons
Filled with vividly rendered set pieces, unexpected turnings, assorted cliffhangers and moments of appalling cruelty,A Dance with Dragons
is epic fantasy as it should be written: passionate, compelling, convincingly detailed and thoroughly imagined.The Washington Post
Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers.The New York Times
One of the best series in the history of fantasy.Los Angeles Times
Praise for A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE:'In the grand epic fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best ... tense, surging, insomnia-inflicting' Time MagazineAn absorbing, exciting read ... Martin's style is so vivid that you will be hooked within a few pages' The TimesThe sheer mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads ...Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias'GuardianColossal, staggering ... Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world ... The writing is always powerful ...' SFX