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A Dance with Dragons 2: After the Feast

(A Song of Ice and Fire #5, part 2)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  27,153 ratings  ·  1,292 reviews
This is a previously-published edition of ISBN 9780007466078.

The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance.

In King’s Landing the Queen Regent, Cersei Lannister, awaits trial, abandoned by all those she trusted; while in the eastern city of Yunkai her brother Tyrion has been sold as a slave. From the Wall, having left his wife and the Red Priestess Melisandre under
Paperback, 560 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by HarperVoyager (first published July 12th 2011)
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Aaron In the UK, book 5 was split into 2 parts. The Winds of Winter is the continuation of this but it hasn't been released yet…moreIn the UK, book 5 was split into 2 parts. The Winds of Winter is the continuation of this but it hasn't been released yet(less)

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Charlotte May
“ Not all men are meant to dance with dragons.”

Well shit. I cannot form coherent thoughts right now. I love this world and all it’s twists and turns, treachery and betrayal, Kings and Queens.

Arya: Arya is back in part 2 which made me very happy! Living in the temple for the god of many faces, learning the giving of the gift.

Tyrion: Still travelling across the East by any means necessary. This even involves capture and escape, also the befriending of a girl, her pig and a bear - one you may r
Ahmad Sharabiani
A Dance with Dragons: After the Feast (A Song of Ice and Fire #5, Part 2 of 3)

A Dance with Dragons is the fifth of seven planned novels in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by American author George R. R. Martin. In some areas the paperback edition was published in two parts titled "Dreams and Dust" and "After the Feast".

Stannis Baratheon, a claimant to the Iron Throne of Westeros, occupies the Wall at the realm's northern border, having helped to repel an invasion of wildlings fro
George Guven
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing



(On a lighter note, 10/10 can't wait for book 6! Definitely worth a read. Ensure you a
Mick O'Dwyer
Jul 08, 2012 rated it liked it
The First Part of A Dance With Dragons fairly ripped along, but everything felt as though it came to a juddering halt with this book. Part of the problem, for me, is that while the sheer number of characters give it a sense of scale you never really get to spend too much time with any of them. The result of that is bigger gaps between each little event in their story, so there a lot of little increments but not nearly enough to drive through the plodding nature of things. Characters that you've ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I promised myself that I would be caught up with A Song of Ice and Fire before the final series of A Game of Thrones airs, with less than three weeks to go - I’ve finally done it!

I’m not the biggest fantasy reader but there’s just something about the characters that Martin has created that I just love.

I found reading along with ‘Davos Fingers’ podcast really helpful, they cover 5 chapters an episode so it’s a great indication of how much a needed to read before listening to the next episode.
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Look, I will always give these books 5 stars because I love the world so much and I've given so much time to read them and invested in the characters. But after reading this book, I am pretty angry, I still trust George to write this world but I'm starting to get sick of how he is dealing with some of the most important story lines, and most peoples favourite characters. I would never spoil anything, but certain things that he makes happen in this book made me question whether he even cares abou ...more
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Finally I have come to the (current) end of the A Song of Ice and Fire series - it's been a long journey but now I can happily remain unspoiled and wait for The Winds of Winter (whenever that might come about).

The second volume of A Dance with Dragons was just as good as the first, with the added inclusion of some totally badass scenes - Daenerys anyone? And so many questions have been left waiting answers in the upcoming book, all of which I am pretty excited about. This book had it all: blood
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. How am I supposed to wait now? :(
Hamad Al-Failakawi
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2013
This review concludes my thoughts on the series as a whole *with no plot spoilers for any of the 5 books*

It's been exactly 4 days since I've finished the last book of the epic fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire" known to everyone by the adapted TV series which carries the 1st book's name "Game of Thrones" and all that I can do now is to wait for the next one to be released, which is NOT an easy task! The books took me through this amazing journey in which I found myself really attached to th
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
The chapters in all the GOT books are organized by character so that an alternative way to read the books is to do just and follow one character through each of the volumes, rather than read each volume from cover to cover as one would normally. Since each character follows part of the overall timeline they sometimes overlap each other's narrative, but most often not, and it is an interesting way to follow the various twists and turns of the plot through all the volumes not just this one.

Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"She is the widow of a Dothraki khal, a mother of dragons and sacker of cities, Aegon the Conqueror with teats."

So far the last book in the series of A Song of Ice and Fire. A couple of new characters (well, I say a couple I mean a lot), new plot-twists, and a lot of new information. And I LOVED it!

I actually had to put it down for a couple of days, because I had to read this other book for school, so when I picked it up again I thought to myself: " Okay, if I read for a hour every day I can fin
Kyriakos Sorokkou

Because Martin's manuscript of his fourth book was a gazillion times longer than the third, he decided to separate it.
Not chronologically but location wise.

This was the second time reading the series, so I tried something different.
I found online a list that combines the chapters of A Feast for Crows with the chapters mainly of the first part (Dreams and Dust) of the 5th book (A Dance with Dragons). I read this second volume (After the Feast) almost on its own.

And IF I read the series again, and
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
And alas! Now, I am in for a long wait! The author is outrageously irresponsible. He published this book in 2011 and till now he hasn't published the next book. GRRM, when you create a world so brilliant, it is a crime to make us wait for the next book in the series!

Keeping in line with all his previous works, he kept the same level of brilliance in character portrayal and world-building. This is my favorite book in the series. This book has lots of Tyrion in it and what more could a guy want. T
alterego_bookaholic  (Upasana Singh)
There is so much which is not there in the HBO series and it really gave me altogether a new perspective to read this one. My favourite characters being Tyrion Lanniter and Arya Stark where i have so much anticipation to the semi-finale and finale of this book series. Desperately waiting for the Winds of Winter.
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I was dragging this read for as long as I could in hopes that „Winds of Winter” would be published, but honestly, I have given up all hope of that ever happening.
As in all other books in the series, George R.R. Martin’s storytelling kept the same level of brilliance.
Excellent book, fantastic series, and I highly recommend everyone to read it, if you don't mind never finding out how it ends.
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Synopsis or something like that:

It is he fifth volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, the fantasy epic series which has been made very popular nowadays. If you have read the previous four parts you know that summarizing the fifth would be close to impossible; if you haven’t read any of them, well, just let me tell you no summary an no TV series can prepare you for the complexity of those books. In fact the plot is so convoluted as to defy synopsis. Really even the work of Tolkien pales in comparison.
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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DeeTimes' Nook
Fabulous read but the ending made this book! Bring on book 6!
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Rating:5/5

So far I have read This book could be the best. A dance with dragons can easily a standout from all the other fantasy stories and twists.....guys, twist. You definitely Can't expect those twists. The story is really really large that confines to bigger levels and the characters are created in a manner that feels like "Complete". This book is as good as all the other books in the series. And still I don't like the order of the final chapters ( Jon chapter should have been the final c
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Josh (Beards & Books)
Another amazing book in the Game of Thrones series, I will say, if it wasn't for the TV show I would be fuming with how this one ended knowing it came out in 2011 and we are STILL waiting for the next book!

Another 5 star read for me, cant wait for the Winds of Winter!
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
So again, George R.R. Martin is unable to write a book that can be safely published as a single volume paperback. Perhaps somebody should explain to him that slightly smaller novels, published more regularly, might keep the haters at bay - heck it might even make it less of a chore for him to write. As with the split of A Storm of Swords the second book was the better part of the novel. Although less markedly so this time I thought.

The first third of the book continues pretty much where A
Sarah u
Several people told me before I started A Dance with Dragons that the second half of the novel was the better and boy, were they right. This was everything I have wanted from A Song of Ice and Fire- twists, turns, surprises, and something to think about- since finishing A Storm of Swords.

Some of the storylines I was hoping to see again in part two of A Dance with Dragons were not present, mainly (view spoiler)
Christine Spoors
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, read-2015
I think this final book was one of my favourites from the series so far!
The deaths and plot twists in this book were completely unexpected and I was really surprised. I am excited about a lot of the newer characters and the new direction some plots are heading in. Everything has changed and I really don't know what to expect from Winds of Winter.
My favourite POV from this book were Victarion Greyjoy and Cersei, they are both such interesting characters and their storylines have remained interest
Everything's going awry for the gamers gaming the Thrones. Cersei Lannister awaits trial deserted by nearly everyone and Tyrion's in slavery peril. As Stannis marches to Winterfell, the Wildings are amassing for an assault on the Wall Stannis deserted! The saga continues as Winter is almost here, some huge changes for many of the cast as we also catch as the dances towards power are pursued in the Seven Kingdoms with very few looking towards the Wall. Ongoing greatness! 9 out of 12.

That's it, finished, done, no more Game of thrones related fun now. Finished all current seasons of the television show, finished all currently available books, life is over haha. Seriously though, another great read! As much as I love the show I really do like how in depth the books are even though there is a lot to keep track of and a lot of characters!! The threads and events that happen in this book make book 6 a hard wait indeed... ...more
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to give this book 4 stars, but the ending was amazing :O
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've had enough of GOT to last until the release of The Winds of Winter! ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Wow, I am definitely impressed by this series. It's unbelievable how many interesting and complex characters this man manages to invent and how all of their intricate story lines and histories intertwine. I can't wait to read the last two books!
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George Raymond Richard "R.R." Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood chil

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