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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • THE BOOK BEHIND THE FIFTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES

Don’t miss the thrilling sneak peek of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Six, The Winds of Winter

Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers the fifth book in his landmark series—as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.
 
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK FIVE
 
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.

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 




From the Paperback edition.

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A Dance with Dragons
Average rating
4.5 / 5
Dance of Dragons
October 11th, 2015
Can't wait to get my hands on the next book! The waiting might just kill me. Mr. Martin, sir, please write faster!!!
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Dance of Dragon
September 19th, 2015
Love it, I've enjoyed every book. Can't wait for the next ones. Very well written. Great story line and character building.
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1 review
George is brilliant
September 16th, 2015
I'm in love with the characters. The story line is amazing if a little murky at times. The potential for speculation keeps you on the edge on your toes. Dying to read the next one. Ps please don't let the king crow die.
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1 review
Long but progress
June 26th, 2015
I feel like I've been reading this book for years. Mostly because it can't be done in one long sitting. It lags in places but key characters progress and I'm loving forward to the ultimate outcome.
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1 review
Highly recommend!
June 21st, 2015
Great read. Characters are so rich, I had a hard time putting the book down. Many plots and sub-plots made for a exciting read. Well worth the time.
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1 review
Excellent
June 5th, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Compared to Feast, who wouldn't? Now hopefully Georgy gets Winds out soon.
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1 review
Great book
May 6th, 2015
Martin needs to hurry with book 6. I hate the way HBO is now taking liberties with the story it could have been such a great series.
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1 review
Best of the series yet
April 1st, 2015
Anyone who still question's George R R Martin's masterpiece series is clearly only acting to seem interesting.
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1 review
Solid continuation of the saga
March 20th, 2015
One of the best fantasy sagas ever, this 5th novel keeps a solid pace and leave the reader wanting for more.
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Song of Ice and Fire Dance with Dragons
March 12th, 2015
This is the most boring book of the series without question all of a sudden the Mother of Dragons is gone and all of these new characters get dropped on the reader? This book has turned me off Game of Thrones big timr
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3 of 3 people found this helpful
Good, not great.
February 7th, 2015
Good, but not fantastic. Character development seems to have really stalled out in the last two books.
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1 review
A song of ice and fire 5
January 10th, 2015
Awesome! ! Couldn't put it down! Can't wait for the next one! !!!!!!!!!! Winter is coming! !!!!!!!!
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1 review
Amazing
December 28th, 2014
Another amazing book. Found myself unable to put it down and awash with emotions as events continue to unfold in a fan of fire and ice. Can't wait for the next one
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1 review
Excellent
October 31st, 2014
Can't wait for the next book.
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A Dance with Dragons book five
August 24th, 2014
It was very entertaining hope the next one will be the end of each chapter s
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1 review
From frustrating to fantastic
August 5th, 2014
I wasn't sure about this book. It didn't start off well. I had literally just finished reading the one before this and still had trouble going back in time in my mind to remember what the heck had happened chronologically. Not sure why Mr. Martin switched formats in the middle of the series but as a reader, it was a little frustrating. Overall the story was good though. I managed to push through the frustration, occasional boredom due to chapters with characters that I didn't really care about, and disgust at anything having to do with Theon and really enjoyed it. Can't wait for the next one.
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1 review
Loved it!
August 3rd, 2014
Everything is coming together for the final battles.
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1 review
Wow
July 25th, 2014
Blown away...angry...but blown away another incredible novel
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1 review
2 of 2 people found this helpful
Good but sometimes prolonged
July 20th, 2014
There is a great book here. Just needed some editing. For a book this length, not enough happens and it is plagued by overused phrases and sayings that distract and annoy more than anything else. Still a lot of intriguing characters left and I'll be glad to open the next book.
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1 review
Great
June 18th, 2014
A return for some of the beat characters who were missing in #4. Great read. Wish the 6th was here already.
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1 review
Where's #6 at Mr. Martin?
May 29th, 2014
Full of series spoilers now and Ygritte was right Jon Snow knows nothing and Cersi is humbled.
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1 review
Best series!
May 29th, 2014
Love this series! Can't wait for the next book.
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A Dance with Dragons
May 20th, 2014
Wonderful! Now how do I survive until the next installment comes out?
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1 review
A dance with dragons.
May 12th, 2014
Increíble como los cuatro anteriores. Me va a volver loco la espera en lo que el Sr. Martín termina de escribir el sexto libro de la serie.
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Excellent read!
May 8th, 2014
The best series that I have ever read the only bad thing is that I now have to wait until the next book is published, which may be awhile.
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A song of ice & fire, book 6
May 5th, 2014
And I wait ever so patiently for book 7!!!
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Book five - more shocking events
May 4th, 2014
Book four and five comes together and you feel the story build up and intensify. I wish for a hasty arrival of book six. Come on winter - we are ready and waiting!
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2 of 5 people found this helpful
Dance with Dragons
April 27th, 2014
OMG this was too long. Felt like I was back in grad school reading some dusty tome written by some self important prat incapable of saying something in a single concise chapter.
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1 review
Excellent
April 21st, 2014
A must to read
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A dance with dragons
April 20th, 2014
Nice book but gotta wait too long for the next episode..
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game of thrones
April 12th, 2014
Game of Thrones became a huge disappointment. left way too much on the table, did not take the low hanging fruit and expose it, killed off way to many characters and added far to many secondary characters. The first two books were great, the third was slow and the last two should not have been written. Author says the last book was painful,,,should have read it and would have known how painful it was! i would rate this painfully long read a 5 out of 10
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Mr.
April 7th, 2014
Had a hard time putting the book down. I am sorry it is finished. Read five books so far nothing is resolved. Good guys are almost all dead. There will surely be a great ending. Can't wait for the finale.
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Do I even need to add another review
March 28th, 2014
The series is epic fantasy as good as it comes. Sure, it drags in places, but perseverance is always rewarded with even more satisfying plot points.
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1 review
Good book.
March 25th, 2014
Was good, but long and dry I'm some parts. Hope the next one is better!
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As Good As People Say
March 24th, 2014
Normally, I take other peoples reviews with a considerable grain of salt. However, in this case, the praise was well deserved.
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1 review
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
March 16th, 2014
I cannot wait till book 6
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Dance With Dragons
February 14th, 2014
Definitely going on the "KEEPER SHELF"!!
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1 review
Fantastic
February 11th, 2014
Never a dull moment... Can't wait for the next release.
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1 review
Love this series!!!
February 2nd, 2014
Cannot wait for Kobo to get book six already I'm fiending!!!
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1 review
Get through it!
January 29th, 2014
I enjoyed most of this series but honestly had to fight to finish this book.
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1 review
January 25th, 2014
This book is one of the hardest in the series to put down! There are plenty of fan favorites in this book, such as Jon Snow, Danaerys, and Tyrion, as some people found the last book disappointing due too few good characters. And the final chapters really get you revved up for the next in the series!
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Truly an amazing continuation of the story, seeing as book four and five were to be one giant book, it's fun how we get the same scene seen through different eyes... Now we just have to wait for the next book to come out..... A huge 5 stars!!!
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
The Game of Thrones series is an excellent series and I can't wait to see the next book
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
This series is captivating. I couldn't put them down! The detail that Martin puts into the settings and characters is amazing. The way he has set up the chapters to keep the story line flowing is unique and kept me on the edge of my seat! A definite recommendation!
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
I loved this book in the series. It weaves you deeper and deeper into the plots and plannings of characters. Who will claim the iron throne? Who will be destroyed in the process? Can't wait for the next book.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
great series that leaves you continuously wanting to turn the next page. it has action, adventure, and love all in a historical time setting
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Awesome book! One of the best so for in the series! Can't wait for the next book " Winds of Winter"! If you have not yet read George R.R. Martin, you are missing out!
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
One of the better books of the series. Leaves you satisfied and wanting more.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
I couldn't put this book down! From start to finish it was exciting! So easy to get lost in the storyline and even easier to visualize yourself there. My only complaint is....that it had to finish and now have to wait for the next instalment! I definitely recommend this to anyone that loves a good fantasy read.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Great Book, could hardly put down, would highly recommend to everyone
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Fantastic story and book 5 does not disappoint! The only frustration is waiting for the next book!
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
A long read but a good read. It is worth the time to read rather than just view the TV series.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
This book ended abruptly with too many loose ends. With the long delay in book 6 coming out, it will be challenging to pick up where this left off. Otherwise, it's still enjoyable for fans of the series.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
I love this whole series of books. You really can't predict how the story is going to unfold as there are always surprises! I am looking forward to reading the next book.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
This is a amazing book. I love the story and everything about this book. Although it is sometimes boring, it's amazing
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
I love this series, its just too bad we have to wait for the next one. I highly recommend you start from book 1. This is a series you can read over and over,there is so much going on and characters that you pick up suble dynamics in the story you missed everytime you read it
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
I have read all of the books in this series. My only complaint is George R. R. Martin cant write fast enough for me I look forward to the completion of this epic series.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
I read the hard copy as could not wait to buy my kobo and it took me months to finish which is very unusual for me but was due to the size and weight of the book. I did not like how the author had divided up the last two books in the series by character with overlapping timelines, this gave away key plot points. The story is riveting and loved the detail. Would highly recommend.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
This is another great installment for Game of Thrones. A must read!
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
just wish he'd write more quickly, need the next installment
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
I absolutely love this series, I cannot wait for the next book
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Following on from the previous Game of Throne books this book is riverting, compelling and I am drawn to it constantly - even when not reading the book I had it on my mind. Fantastic!
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Started reading these books when the HBO series came out. Have enjoyed the books so much I haven't even needed to watch the rest of the seasons Fabulous books
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
George R.R. Martin gets into a real depth of character that is seldom seen these days. And he's always one step ahead of you, his story is filled with heart-wrenching plot twists that will leave you shaken for days. A great read.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
I love this book! can't wait for the next one to come out.
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2 of 2 people found this helpful
January 23rd, 2014
Awesome series! Can't wait until the next book comes out, I hope it isn't too long... A must read!
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5 of 5 people found this helpful
January 23rd, 2014
Just finished Book 5 in the series and would highly and enthusiastically recommend the whole series. Only negative thing with this book is that I have to wait for Book 6 to be released. ARGH. Martin's character development is so detailed, some characters jump off the page - you love them and hate them as passionately. It takes a bit (from Book One) to get a handle on all the houses/family lines but its well worth the effort. I finished the last page of this book while on a flight and gasped out loud when I got to the end - totally didn't see it coming!! Enjoy this fabulous series!
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1 review
January 22nd, 2014
Excellent - can't wait for the next instalment!
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1 review
Candy for a sharp mind!
January 19th, 2014
Greatest book you could sink into!
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1 review
A dance with dragons
January 18th, 2014
Absoluty enticing. Couldnt get enough of the realm of the seven kingdoms. Cant wait for the 6th book to be published.
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1 review
Love it
January 17th, 2014
Please dont end the series this way! What happens to everyone what happens with the war and the dragon queen
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Self
January 15th, 2014
Very good. Looking forward to the next book!
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A Dance With Dragons
January 9th, 2014
Too many subplots, too many characters to follow, too many chapters apart, only to have them die tragically. Don't know if I will continue the series...
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1 review
Impatiently waiting for Book 6!
December 6th, 2013
The whole novel was fantastic but the last few chapters blew my mind!!
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A Dance with Dragons
November 25th, 2013
Unfinished I was looking for an Ending I did not Get It.
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1 review
Awesome!
November 1st, 2013
Cant wait for the next kone!
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1 review
Noooooo
September 18th, 2013
How can it be over.... loved it! Bring on book 6!!
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When...
September 15th, 2013
I cannot wait for the next one as I haven't been able to put any of these down! When, George?
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A Dance with Dragons
August 29th, 2013
Some great chapters but overall tedious with all the character names,descriptions,relations and family trees...takes away from the plots and subplots
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A Song of Fire and Ice
August 28th, 2013
This series has become very twisted. Hard to follow when you don't have time to sit and concentrate. Bit I still enjoy the story. Want to see how all the threads come together. Unless the dragpns goad and kill everyone. The End
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1 review
Awesome
August 19th, 2013
And so the wait for the next book begins ..
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1 review
A long wait
July 24th, 2013
It is gonna be a long wait for the next one
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1 review
I want more!!!
July 12th, 2013
Tell me this wassnt fantastic bit also say there is another book in the making!!!
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2 reviews
I want more!!!
July 12th, 2013
Tell me this wassnt fantastic bit also say there is another book in the making!!!
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2 reviews
Finally done
July 3rd, 2013
Fantastic read, not looking forward to the wait for the next one.
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1 review
Good job R.R. Martin well written
July 1st, 2013
Damn you Martin for making such a frustratingly engaging fantasy. I am on edge for book six and want other people to finish this book so I can discuss the developments with them. This book creates the best possible launch point for books 6 and 7. I am glad to have read this epic so far and am looking forward to the coming crescendo. Keep up the good work!!
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1 review
Great Read
June 27th, 2013
I can't wait until his next one.
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A Dance With Dragons
June 13th, 2013
Martin appears to have increased his prowess in creating this lush and violent realm belonging to a song of ice and fire. Certainly, this installment stands as one of Martin's masterpieces. Some may exhort anguish over the, at times languishing slow pace; on the other end of the spectrum the slow pace and fine attention to detail, mixing along with an, although frustrating inability to lend readers what it is they wish to encounter through Martin's masterful characters, stands as what solidifies Martin as one of the greatest authors among recent years. Unfortunately, the only downside to this series is the wait for the subsequent installment, as well hoping the pages house each readers' favouritie characters.
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SO MANY DEAD PEOPLE
June 4th, 2013
They are all dead!!!! Jk
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Breath-taking!
June 3rd, 2013
Cannot wait for another book (or two) to tie this series up!
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Edge of my seat
May 28th, 2013
Can't wait for the next book :)
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A Dance with Dragons
May 27th, 2013
Can't wait for the next one.
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1 review
Need more GOT!!
May 25th, 2013
Can't wait for the next book!
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Favourite One Yet
May 22nd, 2013
I have spent far too many hours reading books 1-5 in a row to write a proper review. This was a good one. Not looking forward to waiting forever for the next.
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1 review
Good. Disappointing ending.
May 22nd, 2013
....but I guess he has to keep us wanting more!
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1 review
Awesome
May 10th, 2013
Martin never ceases to amaze.
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A song of ice and fire #5
April 29th, 2013
Devastated I am done all five books and have to wait at least a year for the 6th!!
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1 review
Too many cliffhangers!
April 10th, 2013
Winter is here.
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1 review
Loved this book!
April 9th, 2013
I am looking forward to volume 6! Such a great series!!!
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1 review
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
April 9th, 2013
Enjoyable read. Moved to slow at times. Look forward to the next in the series if it be. Watch the HBO series to see accuracy.
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