Today I am so excited to share a review from guest blogger, Tanmay Jain, for the book, A Dance of Dragons by George R. R. Martin.
About the Author
George Raymond Richard Martin, also known as GRRM, is an American novelist and short-story writer in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres, screenwriter, and television producer, known mainly for his work on A Song of Ice and Fire.
*Spoilers for A Storm of Swords and A Feast for Crows*
As the last book focused on the happenings of the characters in south Westeros, ( and Arya), this book is a parallel in the timeline focusing on the other characters, in the north and Essos. Jon Snow , after Stannis’s attack on the wildlings is understanding how hard it can be to the Lord Commander. Dany struggles to keep her empire as foes surround her from all sides and even from inside of her own city, Meereen. Fleeing from Westeros, Tyrion Lannister arrives at Essos to find unlikely allies in unlikely places. Theon continues to struggle to survive as Ramsay Bolton’s Reek.
This book took an interesting turn in the series as it focused the storyline outside Westeros. Focusing more on the bigger matters, this one featured Dany, Jon and Tyrion, the three main characters. All three of them went through very interesting character arcs in this one, a transformation that can’t be felt until you compare the characters from the start and the end.
In A Feast for Crows, Jaime’s arc was fixed on one line that Tyrion had told him earlier – she;s been fucking Lancel and Osmund Kettleback and Moon Boy, for all I know – this line that goes through Jaime’s mind a lot of times defines his inner self. What he really wants is Cersei and now he’s having doubts. The same trick was used in A Dance with Dragons. With Tyrion it was – Wherever Whores go – he was trying to find his meaning in the world. He was no longer a part of his House, a fled exile, with a price on his head. He needed a purpose. With Theon it was – My name is Reek. I must remember my name – After weeks of torture under
Ramsay, Theon had learned to forget his old, his real identity and was trying to bend to Ramsay’s will hoping for mercy. He too needed to know WHO HE WAS.
This book is quite more fastpaced than the others in the series and the story is a nonstop rollercoaster ride. New allies, new plots, new characters, everything that we knew cannot be trusted anymore as the author constantly pricks the reader with really sharp twists.
The best part of this book, according to me was the connection it enabled between the characters and the readers. As I mentioned earlier, using key lines , the author really takes us to see what’s under the skin of these characters and what drives them. The character arc of Dany was focused a lot on how much she loved her people, and how much she suffered to see them suffering. With her growing up and with such a delicate situation surrounding her, it was a really interesting take on how she handles so many problems and really gets in the Queen mode.
Same with Jon Snow. He is struggling as the men of the Night Watch refuse to let the wildlings peacefully integrate in their institution. He is trying to explain to everybody that the real danger is out there, his frustation of seeing that people are fixating on such trifles and the pressure of being the lord commander is quite sympathizable.
The writing style is not complex. A little slow, and detailed but simple overall. The length, I consider is an added bonus because a story like this, if rushed, would be utterly destroyed.
Writing – 9/10
Cover – 8/10
Title – 9/10
Story – 10/10
Total – 9/10
Tanmay Jain is a blogger, book reviewer, writer and bibliophile from Jaipur, Rajasthan. He has been reading books since he was a child and hasn’t stopped since. He started his first blog in 2016 and since that, after many unsuccessful attempts at managing a successful blog, he landed on his current and most successful blog, Scion of Society. Tanmay dabbles mostly in fiction writing but sometimes wanders off to poetry, book reviewing and writing tips. He is an editor for his school magazine, X-rays. He’s a teenage writer, aspiring author, and a budding blogger.
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