Title: A Dance with Dragons
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire (Part-V)
Author: George R.R. Martin
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A Dance with Dragons is the fifth of seven planned novels in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by American author George R.R. Martin. In some areas the paperback edition was published in two parts titled Dreams and Dust and After the Feast. It was the first novel in the series to be published following the commencement of the HBO series adaptation, Game of Thrones, and runs to 1,040 pages.
King Stannis Baratheon and his forces occupy the Wall as Jon Snow, the newly elected 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, sends Samwell Tarly to the Citadel in Oldtown to be trained as a Maester. Sam is accompanied by the elderly Maester Aemon, the wildling girl Gilly, and the newborn son of the wildling leader Mance Rayder, whom Jon has switched with Gilly’s baby to save the wildling “prince” from sacrifice by Stannis’ red priestess Melisandre. Janos Slynt refuses to acknowledge Jon’s authority, and after three public warnings, Jon personally beheads Slynt for disobedience. Though intended to solidify Jon’s new position as Lord Commander, it only sows more discord with Slynt’s faction. Stannis executes Mance for refusing to submit to him. Jon brokers a truce with Tormund Giantsbane, the leader of the surviving wildlings, allowing them through the Wall and into Westeros in exchange for wildling assistance in defending the Wall against the Others. This creates further unrest among the brothers of the Night’s Watch, who have considered the wildlings their enemies for centuries.
Tycho Nestoris, a representative of the Iron Bank of Braavos, arrives at the Wall seeking Stannis, who has already marched south with his army. The Iron Bank now supports Stannis’ claim to the Iron Throne since the regent Cersei Lannister has refused to repay the crown’s debts. Jon negotiates a loan with which the Night’s Watch can buy food to survive the winter. After recurring visions, Melisandre warns Jon that he is in danger from enemies within the Watch, and that a Northern girl is in trouble. Mance is revealed to be alive thanks to Melisandre’s magical trickery, and he is sent to Winterfell to rescue the girl, who Jon believes is his half-sister, Arya Stark. However, the girl in Melisandre’s visions, fleeing to the Wall, turns out to be Alys Karstark, daughter of the deceased Lord Rickard Karstark. She reveals Rickard’s uncle Arnolf Karstark, Castellan of Karhold, declared for Stannis in the hope her last surviving brother Harrion Karstark, a hostage of the Lannisters, would be executed. Arnolf intends to force Alys to marry his son Cregan so his branch of the family can take control of Karhold, and also plans to betray Stannis to the Boltons. When Cregan arrives at the Wall, Jon imprisons him and arranges Alys’ marriage to a Wildling leader Sigorn, the Magnar of Thenn, partially to aid the Wildlings’ integration into the North.
Jon receives a taunting letter from Ramsay Bolton, who claims to have crushed Stannis’ army at Winterfell. Ramsay demands that Jon hand over to him Stannis’ wife and daughter or be killed, and Ramsay also insists that he deliver Theon Greyjoy and Arya, neither of whom Jon has seen in years. Jon instead decides that he will seek out and kill Ramsay himself, asking for volunteers from the Watch to accompany him. Melisandre’s prediction comes true as Jon is stabbed by Bowen Marsh and several of his own men.
Meanwhile, Bran Stark’s search for the “Three-Eyed Crow” beyond the Wall leads him to the last surviving Children of the Forest, the non-human natives of Westeros. In the Children’s cave, Bran and his companions meet the Three-Eyed Crow—the last “greenseer”—an ancient man intertwined with the roots of a weirwood tree. Using greensight, Bran witnesses his father Ned Starkat Winterfell’s godswood in the past, and communicates with Theon Greyjoy at the same location in the present.