My name’s Adam Feldman, and this blog hosts my essays on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. Contact me at feldman10 ‘ at ‘ live ‘ dot ‘ com.

When I first finished A Dance With Dragons, I felt confused and dissatisfied by the book. It infamously built up to two major battles and ended right before them. More importantly, the big plot game-changers I expected didn’t happen — Dany hadn’t left for Westeros, she didn’t meet Tyrion, and nothing at all happened with the Others. So what was the point? Did Martin spend 6+ years writing a 1000 page “filler” book?

After a reread (or several), and much productive discussion on various forums, I now firmly believe that ADWD is the smartest, most complex, and most thought-provoking book in the series. It is very carefully constructed, yet quite subtle and therefore rewarding of rereads, close analysis, and an effort to engage. In particular, Dany and Jon’s ADWD plotlines are the best and most interesting political material and character development in the entire series. Their choices are far more morally challenging and interesting to ponder than any dilemmas faced by ruling characters in earlier books. They are among Martin’s greatest achievements.

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  1. Hey there. Excellent essays. Would you mind reaching out to me at the Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows Facebook page? I have some propositions I’d like to discuss with you. =)

  2. Shahnawaz

    wow great work. Do you have essays on the other 4 books as well?

  3. Excellent Analysis of the series. Looking forward to reading more.

  4. Casey

    Quite impressed. Thanks for allowing me to continue enjoying ASoI&F while waiting for the new book.

  5. This is the best ASOIAF analysis I’ve read- you’ve made sense of things that made no sense without ridiculous speculation that you find most of the forums. Keep it going- I can’t wait for the next post!

  6. Tywin's Armor Rules

    I really enjoyed your wonderful essays. I always did really enjoy the Meereenes Knot but you brought a whole new level of intrigue to the package. I’ll be sure to reread that portion before WoW. Great Jon essays too.

  7. When will there be more posts? Anxiously awaiting them……

  8. David Beers

    Wow what great work! To me, excellent literary analysis like this shows why George RR Martin is absolutely one of the greatest American authors, whose work is one par with any of the classics. An AP English class could do just as well analyzing any of the ASOIAF books as any of the traditional works which are dissected and analyzed as a learning tool.

    Essays like this do what fanfic can only dream of – that is, adding to the available material in the ASOIAF universe, enabling the fandom to spend a bit more time in Westeros, and immerse themselves a little deeper. In particular, these two series of essays about Jon and Daenerys have completely changed my view of ADWD, which I always like a great deal but apparently did not understand completely.

    I love that Martin feels no desire to reveal anything ahead of its time, and does not seem to worry about how fans will perceive the work before they “fully get it,” or before the big reveal. It shows tremendous courage as an author, and that is unquestionably one of things that makes his writing so excellent. He has ruined my ability to read most other fantasy authors, because now other books seem to giving away everything. They don’t make the reader work to understand – the reading is a much more passive experience. George pulls you into the series by presenting you with things that don’t seem to make sense, and only giving threadbare clues to help you. I think everyone should essentially adopt this element of George’s writing, and perhaps others. I think in 20 years we will all look back and realize that he has completely revolutionized the fantasy genre.

    Well done, sir, and thank you.

  9. Hey wonderful job so far on all the posts. Have found them to be both a fun and interesting read!

  10. CM

    I have devoured these essays over the past few days, I really enjoyed them and hope you continue.

  11. I am so, so incredibly impressed. I’m 31 now and have been reading ASOIAF since I was 15. I read the whole series 2-3 times per year and have been enjoying the show. I felt the same way you did when I finished ADwD and AFFC had also left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I am absolutely stunned to read your analysis and start looking at things differently. I hope you keep writing!

    • Lindsay

      Wow, I’m impressed that you can read the whole series 2-3 times per year! I’m a relative newbie. I didn’t start the books until after Season 1 of GoT, but I’m totally hooked!

  12. Kabir

    I really love your work on all three characters so far. While I could grasp at the fanit ideas your essays make everything so much more defined and clear. I encourage you to keep writing essays like these for all the characters because you are just so good. I hope you continue to write more as i will be eagerly waiting for the next one