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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Martin and Gardner Dozois. It is the history of the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons as written by Archmaester Gyldayn of the Citadel of Oldtown. Get A Copy. Published December 3rd by Tor Books first published More Details Edition Language. Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. The Dance of the Dragons is the flowery name bestowed upon the savage internecine struggle for the Iron Throne of Westeros fought between two rival branches of House Targaryen during the years to AC. No doubt the phrase originated with some singer. Almost two centuries prior to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire , the most legendary civil war in the history of Westeros was fought between rivalling claimants to the Iron Throne of the Targaryens.
It would be known to posterity as the Dance of the Dragons. This is one of the best novellas I have ever read. Many brilliant fantasy authors have problems writing novellas and short stories set in the worlds of their sagas, but George R. Martin does not disappoint. The Dangerous Women anthology as a whole was a disaster, but this made it all worth it. Scheming queens and spymasters, huge battles and duels on dragonback — this novella has it all and more.
Anything an ASoIaF fan could want. Surprisingly, the novella also managed to introduce two of my favourite characters in the whole ASoIaF franchise. First out was Rhaenyra Targaryen, the lawful heir to the crown of her father Viserys.
The usurpation of the Iron Throne by her younger half-brother Aegon unfortunately causes her to go a little mad. A little meaning that she turns into something of a fantastic combo of Cersei and the Mad King. Fortunately, she makes up for it by being an absolutely magnificent character. Daemon Targaryen is so ridiculously awesome he goes straight into my top list of ASoIaF characters in fact almost straight to the top spot.
Warrior, dragonrider, wielder of Dark Sister - Daemon is almost too fabulous to fit into this short tale. Prince Daemon was both. Even her antagonist brother Aegon realises this and proclaims her the true queen in the beginning of the story, but unfortunately his mother may she burn forever in the Seven Hells forces him to usurp the throne of his sister. I would recommend this to all ASoIaF fans. View all 18 comments. Apr 25, Ayman Gomaa rated it really liked it Shelves: george-r-r-martin.
Jun 17, Gavin rated it it was amazing. This story is the history of the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons as written by Archmaester Gyldayn of the Citadel of Oldtown. It was written in a very different style than the main ASoIaF series, and actually did read just like a "fake" history lesson. Despite the lack of witty dialogue that we are accustomed to from the main ASoIaF series this novella was as equally engaging a read.
It was the tale of a Targaryen civil war. The story was as bloody as you might expect. Especially as back in this time the Targaryen's had dragons to call upon! Rating: 5 stars. Fantastic story. Cannot wait to read the rest of the Westeros novellas.
He does as good a job with this audiobook as he does in the TV show. View all 8 comments. Well, if you want to learn more about history of Westeros and The Dance of Dragons, then you should read it. Otherwise it's a waste of time. The only part enjoyed was when a city riot occurred unlike anything we saw on TV or other books. Wish we had more of that in the story. The ending was so boring xD I can't imagine how he managed that. I'm gonna read the excerpts from The Winds of Winter next!!
I'm so excitedexcited! Shelves: fantasy-adult. This is the best novella I have ever read. I had gone into this thinking I would dislike it, given that it is written as a recount of events by Archmaester Gyldayn, rather than a traditional narrative. Fortunately, I was proven wrong. No doubt the phrase originated with some si This is the best novella I have ever read. The story follows two rival groups of Targaryens, after the death of King Viserys.
Viserys declared his eldest child, Princess Rhaenyra as the heir to the Iron Throne, although his wife, Queen Alicent, has other ideas. Alicent wishes to place her son, Aegon, on the throne. The fallout between the groups known as the Blacks and the Greens sparked a bloody war for succession. The Anarchy was the English civil war between Empress Matilda and Stephen and is a fascinating period of history in itself which would have been even more epic had there been dragons.
This novella has everything I love about ASoIaF, from the politics and power struggles to the battles with dragons. Martin's writing style, as usual, is outstanding and made me root for all the characters he introduced.
Reading it from the Archmaester's point of view gave a fresh perspective, especially given Gyldayn debates the truth of certain events throughout. For the most part, the story centres on Rhaenyra. It was easy to sympathise with her struggles as a woman trying to rule in a patriachal society. What made her character more compelling was the mistakes she made and their far-reaching consequences. Another character that shone was Rhaenyra's husband, Daemon. An intelligent warrior, he had some of the best battle sequences, and I would love to read a longer backstory about him.
From the start I was rooting for Rhaenyra's side, although Martin did not neglect Aegon's character. Everyone suffers from setbacks and defeats of both large and small scale. Even the smallfolk had their part to play in this war.
The only negative I really have is that I would have preferred to read this as a full-length novel. As this was so short, we didn't have the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of character motivations. Overall this was a very enjoyable read and I recommend this to any ASoIaF fan as a great companion to the primary series. View 2 comments. Dec 25, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-owned-part-of-collection , a-song-of-ice-and-fire.
From my Dangerous Women review in September of It's set in the history of these others and has a tone more like The Silmarillion. But it worked very well for me, fitting into the Westeros canon perfectly. Oct 16, Manisha rated it liked it Shelves: sff-adult , pages , genre-fantasy.
Actual review: 3.
Martin , published in the Tor Books anthology Dangerous Women. The work is presented as the writing of the fictional Archmaester Gyldayn, also the "author" of Martin's novella The Rogue Prince , a direct prequel to The Princess and the Queen. Though Rhaenyra is the king's oldest child and had been named his successor years before, Alicent and her supporters declare Rhaenyra unfit to rule and argue that, as a woman, Rhaenyra should be placed after Alicent's own male children in the line of succession. However, Lucerys and his dragon are killed there. Soon both branches of the Targaryen royal line are at war, with dragons on both sides.
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