‘A Dance with Dragons’ propels its story through its character development. It pushes its storyline through its characters; this adds a unique perspective to each chapter’s narration as the reader is not just following the story but is experiencing the emotions and watching the characters interact with their world.
‘A Dance with Dragons’ uses quotes to show the mindset of the people that live in Westeros and Essos. The statements and conversations made by the characters show how they believe the world works and how their experiences have impacted their existence.
As the fifth book in A Song of Ice and Fire, ‘A Dance with Dragons’ is pivotal to the tale of the political struggle of Westeros. The story dives into the fundamental aspects of Westeros’s existence and portrays a world scarred by the never-ending power struggle among humans.
From a harmonious story that exquisitely defines a complex world to excellent characters defined by their interactions with events of the past and present, ‘A Dance with Dragons’ has sealed its place as one of the best stories in fantasy and remains a pivotal novel in A Song of Ice and Fire. Its inculcation of new fantasy elements makes it different and more exciting as it dives into the crucial hidden details of Westeros’s earliest history.
‘A Dance with Dragons’ takes place simultaneously with ‘A Feast for Crows.’ As its story overlaps with its predecessor, they share some thematic, figurative, and symbolic elements. It also features new elements that bring to life more details about the mysteries of Westeros and beyond the wall.
‘A Dance with Dragons’ adds more detail to the events after the War of the Five Kings. The story gives more perspectives on the ongoing conflict in Westeros and the political conflict created in Slaver’s Bay by Daenerys’s arrival.