A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Four Mass Market Paperback – Sep 26 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Long-awaited doesn't begin to describe this fourth installment in bestseller Martin's staggeringly epic Song of Ice and Fire. Speculation has run rampant since the previous entry, A Storm of Swords, appeared in 2000, and Feast teases at the important questions but offers few solid answers. As the book begins, Brienne of Tarth is looking for Lady Catelyn's daughters, Queen Cersei is losing her mind and Arya Stark is training with the Faceless Men of Braavos; all three wind up in cliffhangers that would do justice to any soap opera. Meanwhile, other familiar faces—notably Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen—are glaringly absent though promised to return in book five. Martin's Web site explains that Feast and the forthcoming A Dance of Dragons were written as one book and split after they grew too big for one volume, and it shows. This is not Act I Scene 4 but Act II Scene 1, laying groundwork more than advancing the plot, and it sorely misses its other half. The slim pickings here are tasty, but in no way satisfying. (Nov.)
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From Library Journal
In the fourth volume of Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" saga, the evil king is finally dead-and trouble is starting to brew.
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I do not like this new style. After finishing Crows and (at the point) getting about halfway through Dragons, I certainly feel that the pace of the story is much slower. And in an intricate and highly detailed story, it can be difficult to go back and think to yourself while reading Dragons, 'ok, this happens when blankedy-blank happens in Crows'.
There are a few websites out there run by what I can only assume to be dedicated superfans, who have stitched the timeline of the two books together for other readers. If you are willing to read Crows and Dragons simultaneously, these sites outline the sequence of chapters from the books to give you a chronological timeline.
I enjoyed A Feast for Crows but not nearly as much as I enjoyed A Storm of Swords. Then again, how could you top a book that contained both the Red and the Purple Weddings?!
A lot of new, seemingly unimportant characters are introduced in this one, from The Prophet, and The Captain of the Guards to The Reaver, The Iron Captain, The Drowned Man and the Queenmaker. While I'm sure they will contribute to the breadth of the story later on, as I was reading, it felt like filler. It was difficult to keep track of everyone and I missed the heavyhitters who were saved for Dragons, like Dany.
For me, this has been the weakest of the series - for the sole reason that a lot of the main characters such as Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow are absent. That said it was still interesting to know more about such important characters as Brienne of Tarth, Sansa Stark, Samwell Tarly, Asha and Victarion Greyjoy of Pyke, and rising star Margaery Tyrell.
An interesting feature in this book was the presentation of certain events where the reader is privy to certain events unknown to the characters themselves, such as the meeting of Lady Olenna Redwyne and Cersei. Additionally, enough hints are presented to really pique an interest in events to come! Maester Aemon’s mention of Daenerys Targaryen as the one, Lady Genna’s talk with Jaime about Tyrion, Petyr Baelish’s pronouncement about the ‘game of thrones’ … all point to wild winds of change.
I have to make a special mention of the House of Black and White in Braavos, the temple of the Faceless Men, where we spend some time along with Arya Stark - the house was gorgeous, its people very mysterious, and that section left quite an impression.
Overall, there is a prevailing sense of grittiness and violence - including violence of language and sexual violence - that encompasses this book. As Jaime reflects at one point, “This is a time for beasts, for lions and wolves and angry dogs, for ravens and carrion crows.”
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A feast for crows was a great read. I find the second half more interesting as I do all of the song of ice and fire books. Can't wait to read the next one!Published 14 days ago
reading the series, much richer detail than HBO - still enjoying both though.
Delivery within 2 days, nice hardcover book is always a treat to hold.
Great book, decent price!
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