A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in George R. R. Martin’s epic “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, was released in July. Why, then, am I only now writing this review?
Compared to Martin’s six year hiatus between books, a four month hiatus to write a review doesn’t seem so bad.
I kid, I kid. In all seriousness, I needed some time to mull this book over before I committed my thoughts to the page. “A Song of Ice and Fire” is being hailed by critics and fans alike as the best fantasy series in a generation. Indeed, some go so far as to dub Martin “The American Tolkien.” HBO’s adaptation of the first book of the series, “A Game of Thrones,” is winning accolades left and right and bringing a horde of new fans to the long-running series. But does this latest installment live up to the hype?