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A Feast for Crows

Martin, George R. R. (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Feast for Crows

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THE BOOK BEHIND THE FOURTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin's monumental epic cycle of high fantasy. Now, in A Feast for Crows , Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction. A FEAST FOR CROWS It seems too good to be true. After centuries of bitter strife and fatal treachery, the seven powers dividing the land have decimated one another into an uneasy truce. Or so it appears. . . . With the death of the monstrous King Joffrey, Cersei is ruling as regent in King's Landing. Robb Stark's demise has broken the back of the Northern rebels, and his siblings are scattered throughout the kingdom like seeds on barren soil. Few legitimate claims to the once desperately sought Iron Throne still exist--or they are held in hands too weak or too distant to wield them effectively. The war, which raged out of control for so long, has burned itself out. But as in the aftermath of any climactic struggle, it is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces--some familiar, others only just appearing--are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead. It is a time when the wise and the ambitious, the deceitful and the strong will acquire the skills, the power, and the magic to survive the stark and terrible times that lie before them. It is a time for nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages to come together and stake their fortunes . . . and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests--but only a few are the survivors.
Authors: Martin, George R. R.
Title: A feast for crows
Publisher: New York :, Bantam Books,, 2005
Characteristics: 753 p. :,maps ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: George R.R. Martin
ISBN: 0553801503
Branch Call Number: FICTION MARTIN
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Report This Apr 20, 2014
  • LT rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

While Martin writes an engrossing story, I'm not always sure it's worth slogging through all the gore and misogyny. In addition, his histories are so wide-ranging that it's often impossible to remember who did what to whom without a cheat sheet. My personal view is that never is too soon to read another word about Cersei. Even villainy gets dull if it is never varied. These quibbles aside, I will be tearing into A Dance With Dragons as soon as I can get it from the library.

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  • StarLord21 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I'll admit that this book didn't entice me the way the last 3 did but there were some pretty great parts. I found all the characters in the story had slow parts which in turn made me read it slower. I did enjoy reading about the different side characters like Alleras, Tom O'Sevenstreams, etc from one character's perspective. Then reading about them later in another. I can't promise that this will be as exciting as the last but the endings will make you glad for sticking around. P.S. all fantasy books are overly descriptive, it's in the nature of the genre.

Report This Dec 21, 2013
  • jeanie123 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Are there no red pencils in the entire Seven Kingdoms? It's not just that there are several new characters, but pages and pages about what they wear, what emblem is on their shield, what their motto is, etc. I am finding it absolutely impossible to remember who all these people are and why they are the least bit important to the story. By the time it is (hopefully) all explained to me, I will have no recollection of the details. And why are there so many same and similar names? I was frustrated by this one.

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  • irishtemper rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

didn't quite enjoy this one as much as the first 3. Adding more characters was getting a bit confusing and still hadn't solved a mystery from book 1. i agree adding more characters made it confusing.

Out of the first 4 books in the series I felt this one had the most drama and the least amount of action. At first I really wanted more battles and murder, but given how many characters died in the first 3 books it makes sense for the realms/characters to be in a 'plotting' mindset instead - The game of thrones has changed completely. Granted, the plotting made some of the chapters feel really long and boring, but there is TONS of set-up for more action, drama, backstabbing, etc. so I'm REALLY excited to see how this will fit into GRRM's overall plan.

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  • danielestes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Before I read A Feast for Crows, George R.R. Martin's 4th entry in his Song of Ice and Fire series, I was aware this one wasn't particularly liked by the fans, and now I understand why. Faced with a problematically-long manuscript, Martin made the (now controversial) decision to split up some of the character arcs between this book and the following one, A Dance With Dragons. Not a bad decision, per se, but the unfortunate result for many fans is that some of their favorites are MIA from this book entirely. And to further rub salt in the wound, Martin then took another six years to complete the fifth book after he optimistically announced that it should be done by the end of the following year. I thought the writing in Feast was just as good as A Clash of Kings, but it's evident here that your story's only as good as your characters. Some of the newer players are developing well, but their arcs still lack the excitement a more-established character would provide. All in all, I'm solidly invested in this series and I plan to see this thing through to the end.

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  • beastdog45 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I am seeing a pattern with this series. It seems that the odd numbered books have been the most interesting and exciting. The even numbered books like this one are a little more drawn out with detail. There are a few nuggets of interest in this volume, however, most is left for just plowing through to get to Dance.

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  • brynn499 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I liked this book a lot. I missed some of the other characters, but also loved the new ones. On to A Dance with Dragons.

This book was a huge snooze. It lacked direction and heart. I found myself surprised that the editors allowed this to be published without tightening up the story line and having more relevant character development and action. I doubt I will read the next book in the series. It appears the author has lost focus and momentum.

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Report This Jul 03, 2013
  • beastdog45 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The fourth book in the series of Fire and Ice. Mostly filled with long narrative stretches. Luckily there are a few interesting tidbits that happen throughout. There is definitely a build up for what will be occurring in book 6 when both stories are joined again.

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  • Caleb98 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

kings landing is at the brink of total desturction


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  • michael_laing rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Needle was Jon Snow's smile. He used to mess my hair and call me "little sister," she remembered, and suddenly there were tears in her eyes.” -Arya Stark “Innocent or guilty, a Lannister pays his debts.”

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  • imesi rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Words are wind.


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