A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin is the fifth book in the Game of Thrones series. I won’t go into a detailed review, because the book is 900+ pages and builds off a large, large cast of characters and has a complicated continuity. What Martin does well is in juggling so many characters and story lines. The price though is that not much happens in 900 pages. There is so much build up with very little pay off. Action almost happens, then the point of view switches, and we discover the action has taken place off stage. It’s frustrating and detracts at times.
When the next book comes out, I may just read about it on Wikipedia just to see what five things happened. Martin’s epic has become so bloated that it’s weighed down and moves with a stumbling pace.