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George R. R. Martin’s
A Dance with Dragons
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Introducing A Dance with Dragons
Introducing the Author
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN RELEASED A DANCE WITH DRAGONS as the fifth part of the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. A Dance with Dragons is the successive part for A Feast for Crows and the predecessor for The Winds of Winter. The fantasy series will take you to a mystic and magical world full of disputes and battles in pursuit of power. This novel, along with its predecessors, has been adapted for the fifth season of the popular TV series, Game of Thrones. Not to mention that some parts of this book were used in some of the show’s previous seasons (namely the third, fourth, and sixth seasons).
The novel takes the reader back to a medieval, Europesque era, mainly in a land called Westeros, where disputes were settled by swords and the love of power took over the rulers. Jon Snow has enemies both internally within the Watch and externally beyond the Wall. Daenerys Targaryen has conquered the city of Mereen and decided to expand her territory by ruling it.
The main characters in this novel are Jon Snow, Tyrion Lanninster, Daenerys Targaryen, and Lord Davos Seaworth who used to be a smuggler before becoming the Hand of the King to Stannis Baratheon. The novel is narrated through sixteen different points of view along with a one-off prologue and epilogue, which are similar to the previous volumes.
A Dance with Dragons begins where A Storm of Swords left off, and its events run simultaneously with the events of A Feast for Crows. Events in both novels take place in the year 300 A.C, yet the events in A Feast for Crows cover a shorter period of time than A Dance with Dragons.
The outstanding author, George R. R. Martin, released sample chapters on his website as well as Amazon in 2006 before the official release in July 2011, which was the perfect teaser for his audience. The novel won the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel in 2012 and has been categorized as a #1 Bestseller on Publishers Weekly and USA Today.
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN (A.K.A. GRRM) WAS BORN ON September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. He was the child of a half-Italian father and a half-Irish mother. In addition, he has some English, French and German roots. Martin is an American novelist and a short story writer who specializes in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction. His famous fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, was adopted into the famous HBO series, Game of Thrones. Time magazine listed him as one of the most influential people in the world.
GRRM was raised in a relatively closed environment where traveling and seeing other places was not an option. Therefore, the only method to do so was through his imagination. Moving to a new apartment that had the view of open waters, where oil tankers were seen very often, nourished Martin’s imagination in traveling. Later on, he started working at Clarke University as an English and journalism instructor. However, the sudden death of Martin’s friend encouraged him to quit his job as an instructor to become a full-time writer in 1979.
Martin’s writing career started in 1970 with the science fiction short story “The Hero,” which was sold to Galaxy Magazine. At that time, he was only twenty-one years old. He managed to escalate the echelons of success one step at a time, starting when his novel titled With Morning Comes Mistfall was nominated for a Hugo Award as well as the Nebula Award. Martin truly reached the top of those steps with the release of his latest fantasy fiction series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Martin is ranked as a #1 bestselling author according to the Times. GRRM is a name that most fiction novel fans won’t miss. His distinctive imagination always succeeds in carrying the reader into a different mystical dimension.
A Dance with Dragons was originally the second installment of what George R. R. Martin envisioned as a fantasy trilogy series. Do you think it would have been better to make the series as a trilogy, or do you prefer it the way it is? Why?
Jon Snow managed to court the wildings, winning them to his side at the expense of losing the support of his sworn brothers. Do you think that it was a necessary move? Do you agree with this act? Were there any other alternatives?
Jon Snow approved Arya Stark’s asylum request and ordered several spear wives to rescue her. What are the motives behind this approval? From your own point of view, what are the consequences associated with such a decision?
Lord Davos Seaworth was sent to treaty with Lord Wyman Manderly. However, the treaty didn’t go as expected due to Manderly’s insistence that Davos be imprisoned for murdering Manderly’s oldest son, Wylis. To what extent do you believe this accusation? Why?
Asha Greyjoy fled the Iron Islands after seeing her uncle Euron captured during Stannis’ assault on Deepwood Motte. Do you think that running away was the right decision? What other options did Asha have?
Ramsy tortured and psychologically abused Theon Greyjoy turning him into the “Reek” creature. What is the main reason behind this act, and how will it serve Ramsy’s agenda from your own point of view?
Sons of the Harpy, considered to be a rebellious guerilla movement, are taking out Daenerys's men in some sort of rebellion in Meereen. Do you think this movement can actually make a change? What are the factors that lead to the evolvement of such a movement?
Tyrion decided to offer his services to Daenerys after fleeing from the Seven Kingdoms. Do you think that Tyrion made the correct choice by doing that? Why or why not?
The red priest Moqorro made the Victorians believe in R’hllor, the Lord of the Light. They also started calling Moqorro the “Black Priest.” What do you think is the reason behind their conversion in beliefs? Why do they call Moqorro by that name?
Prince Aegon decided to attack Westeros immediately after he listened to Tyrion’s council. What are the benefits of adopting such a strategy? Do you think it will fulfill its goal?
Prince Quetyn Martell traveled east with a parchment signed by Sir Willem Darry that states that Quetyn’s elder sister, Arianne Martell, should marry Prince Viserys Targaryen. Why do you think Sir Willem asked for this marriage to take place?