Discussion with spoilers: A Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin

This post is a discussion with spoilers for A Dance with Dragons.  It seems a bit irrelevant to review the fifth book in a beloved epic series — if you haven’t read any of the A Song of Ice and Fire books yet you won’t start with Dance, and if you’re already into the series you probably finished this book way before I did — so instead I’d love to discuss it in the comments!

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