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A Dance with Dragons

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This volume was more of a mess than any of the previous books in the series. It started out fine, but the last third was a jumble as the story lines from volume four began to re-emerge. There were simply too many things going on and at the conclusion one felt that there were all sorts of dangling threads. We had detailed chapters on Tyrion's float down the Rhone or Asha's march through the northern snows and then suddenly in the final third all sorts of plots moved too quickly. More time should have been spent on Aegon's storyline. We should have been left in less of a puzzle about what happened around Winterfell. And the appearances of Victarion's plot seemed undeveloped and disconnected.

In another complaint the entire Quentyn Martel plot seemed a distraction and waste.

I also thought the TV show did a better job with some things, particularly Hardhome and Cersei's walk of shame.

Now that I'm finally caught up with the novels I'm annoyed that I may have to wait years to find out what happens next.

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