A Dance With Dragons

Welcome, dear reader.

Something about reading this time, instead of writing. Because yes, I read as well, be it not as much as I would like to. This is however to blame on the limit of 24 hours in a day.

I finished reading A Dance With Dragons, by George R. R. Martin. (link to Hardcover, link to e-book).

It’s been a long wait for the fans of Mr. Martin’s bestselling series Game of Thrones. Over 10 years he had promised that the book would be finished soon, although the ‘soon’ became less and less mentioned.

It is a magnificent book. We meet many of the characters again that have become so familiar in the first four books. A lot of background is brought to the surface, many things, plans and reasons from the previous plots and plans become clear. Or at least clearer. And many new facesare coming into the arena as well, each one with their own desires and faults.

There are dramatic turns in the story, something that Mr. Martin is very good at. And staying true to another part of himself, he still is not very kind to his characters. Many if not all of them are put through quite a stack of bad news and rough situations. The story grabbed me by the eyes and did not want to let go, and with good reason.

An excellent read, I can highly recommend it. The way Mr. Martin mixes the fantasy elements into the story is fabulous. There are all kinds of fantasy elements present, but they do not take the overhand. First there are the people and their adventures good or bad, and the “magic” of fantasy is woven into the words in a modest way. Perhaps that is what makes the story so good.

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