A Dance with Dragons

Volume 5 of 'A Song of Ice and Fire'

George R. R. Martin

Illustrated by Jonathan Burton

'A Song of Ice and Fire' won the Brand/Series Identity category at BBD&P Awards 2022

The story that exploded into the world with A Game of Thrones continues in George R. R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons. Jonathan Burton illustrates this very special Folio edition.

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‘It has captured the imaginations of millions for the same reason the archetypal dramas of Homer, Sophocles or Shakespeare have lasted for millennia.’
  1. The Guardian


New alliances and fresh conspiracies spawn as the fight for the Iron Throne continues… The fifth book in the most celebrated fantasy series of the 21st century arrives in a resplendent two-volume set. This special collector's edition of A Dance with Dragons features 16 full-colour illustrations by series artist Jonathan Burton, as well as unique illustrated chapter headings, endpapers printed with emblems of the warring Houses, and a slipcase decorated with a golden monogram on the exterior and a secret image on the interior. Two binding designs, also provided by Burton, capture the drama that runs through the heart of ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ like the blood red sap of the Weirwood tree. To help keep track of the intricate plotlines, this edition comes complete with updated and expanded genealogies.

'A Song of Ice and Fire' series won the Brand/Series Identity category at the British Book Production and Design Awards 2022.

Two volumes

Bound in three-quarter blocked cloth with a printed and blocked cloth front board

Set in Vendetta with Esmeralda as display

1,136 pages in total

Frontispiece, 5 full-page colour illustrations and 2 double page spread illustrations per volume

Prints 2 colour throughout in black and gold with 30 illustrated chapter openings and 12 illustrated family crests (plus 7 without family trees)

12 family trees in volume two

Printed endpapers

Coloured tops

Blocked and printed slipcase

Additional four colour illustration inside slipcase

10˝ x 6¾˝

‘A man might befriend a wolf, even break a wolf, but no man could truly tame a wolf.’
  1. Varamyr

Although the War of the Five Kings has waned, its consequences still ripple throughout the world. Jon Snow has been elected the new Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, but his efforts to unite the Freefolk and his soldiers against the Others are leading him into dangerous territory.

Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys rules the City of Meereen with an uneasy heart. Various suitors vie for her hand in marriage, but they all have their own hidden agendas – worse still, her dragons are slipping from her control, hunting and killing where they wish. And behind it all, a figure that has been working in the dark for decades to manipulate the Iron Throne begins to step into the light …

‘The Folio Society’s splendid new editions of the “Song of Ice and Fire” series are masterpieces of the bookmaker’s art.’
  1. George R. R. Martin

‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ is particularly celebrated for its memorable characters, and Burton makes full use of this epic cast with his spectacular work on the series. His chapter heading designs reflect the characters’ loyalties and personalities, as well as their changing fates. Tyrion, the Lannister who has ever relied on his wits and learning to survive, is represented by a lion and a book; Arya, whose story has previously been heralded by her family’s direwolf, now has a leaping cat as her identity transforms in the House of Black and White. The series is also loved for its rousing action scenes, and Burton supplies a dragon’s horde of these too, with atmospheric illustrations that summon giants, wights, sea battles, and more.

About George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin is a celebrated author of fantasy, horror and science-fiction stories and novels. He began publishing short stories in science-fiction and fantasy magazines in the early 1970s, and his first novel, Dying of the Light, was published in 1977. Martin went on to work as a television scriptwriter in the 1980s, before – discouraged by the limitations of the medium – he returned to writing fiction, beginning work on the epic fantasy series for which he is best known, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, inspired by medieval England’s Wars of the Roses. The first instalment, A Game of Thrones, was published in 1996; the fourth volume (A Feast for Crows, 2005; Folio 2021) and fifth volume (A Dance with Dragons, 2011; Folio 2022) earned Martin best-seller status. The winner of multiple Nebula and Hugo Awards, as well as the 2012 World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, Martin has also received three Emmy Awards for his work as a producer on the HBO adaptation of his ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ novels, Game of Thrones.

About Jonathan Burton

Jonathan Burton has worked as an illustrator since 1999, after graduating with an MA from Kingston University, London. He has been awarded two silver medals from the Society of Illustration in New York, two Awards of Excellence from Communication Arts, and has received the Overall Professional Award for 2013 from the Association of Illustrators. For The Folio Society he has also illustrated Cover Her Face by P. D. James, Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, the full 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series by George R. R. Martin and the entire Hitchhiker's series along with an extraordinary limited edition of Adams’s comedic space odyssey. Most recently, he illustrated the Folio edition of The Enchanted Wood. Jonathan lives in Bordeaux, France.


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