A Feast for Crows

A Feast for Crows

Book - 2005
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"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 face--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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2005
ISBN: 9780553801507
0553801503
Branch Call Number: FICTION MARTIN
Characteristics: 753 p. : maps ; 25 cm

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SaraLovesBooks Oct 18, 2016

I loved the first three books in the series "A Song of Ice and Fire." I hated this one. With the first three books, the balance between showing and telling was perfect, and in a cast of thousands, you have to keep that balance to a fine point, or the story won't work. The first three books also focused on four great Houses and the people they associated with: Starks, Baratheons, Lannisters, and Targaryans. This book decided we needed to see absolutely everything that was going on, and introduced three more great Houses and their associates: Tyrells, Martells, and Greyjoys, which bloated an already full cast of characters. Everything that happened in Dorne shows how badly this book needed editing. I simply didn't care. The events were introduced through a character we met once, then switched to an incredibly obnoxious character that I couldn't care less about. The sad thing is that I could see how the events could be interesting, if they had been told from a different point-of-view character, particularly one that I already knew and was invested in, i.e. Myrcella Baratheon. The Greyjoys were just as bad. I am not interested in them at all, and would like it if a kraken swallowed the lot, with the exception of Theon and his sister.

The book wasn't a total loss. I liked getting the story from Cersei's point of view. It made her that much more unlikable for me, but she is a character I am invested in, so I'm more forgiving of it. I do want to read the last book in the series, but this one was a chore to read rather than a joy.

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jwhippy
Aug 05, 2016

#4

Least exciting book of the series thus far, however still worth the read.

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jared15
Jul 22, 2016

I have to say that this was my least favorite book out of the whole series. It was still a very well-written and enticing book, but it wasn't has good has the first three books or the last book. This book reads a bit slower and it takes a little while to get into. I still loved this book, and it was a great book to read. I couldn't set it down. Overall, this was the worst book in the series, but it was a still a really good book.

bobrez Nov 09, 2015

I have to agree that A Feast for Crows (book 4) didn't start as interesting as the previous ones, mainly because of the way it's set up, i.e. GRRM decided to break up the huge amount of content that he had for this period of time into two books, but instead of going the traditional way of breaking things into two time windows he decided to break it up based on the POV characters; or in his words, instead of telling half the story for all the characters, he decided to tell the whole story for half of the characters. So you will be missing some of the favorite characters in this book, and will see them in the 5th book (A Dance of Dragons). This combined with introduction of some new POVs makes the book a bit slow to start with, but about half way through the book things start to get interesting again.
Overall, this is probably my least favorite out of the five books out by now, but it's still a very good book.

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xzhang17
Aug 18, 2015

In the next thrilling installment in the series A Song of Fire and Ice, events have drastically changed from the circumstances in A Storm of Swords. Overall, there are several new developments in this book. I can’t wait to read A Dance of Dragons!

tkaz Feb 10, 2015

Storm of Swords was the last great book in the series. It has become apparent with this one and 'A Dance With Dragons' that Martin's reach somewhat exceeds his grasp.

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Persnickety77
Nov 24, 2014

Lots of fans think this one is boring, but I still liked it. you get some new voices from the Westeros world and beyond, so it fleshes out the story

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jwilson01
Aug 24, 2014

*May contain Spoilers*

This book was pretty good. There were some parts that seemed to drag on a bit. I think if Martin changed some of his POV characters it would have been alot more interesting. For example, instead of Victorian Greyjoy being a POVC, the Crows Eye should have been one. I would have loved to hate him, but like him at the same time. You couldn't really sympathize with Victorian because he's a boring guy and because the only reason he hated the Crow's eye is because he slept with his "salt wife" aka his kidnapped concubine. Really? She wasn't even your real wife. I was indifferent towards the Crow's eye, but he could have had alot of potential.

Another POV character should have been Aemon Targaryen. Yeah Samwell is a good guy and should have his place in GOT, but Aemon could have given us more info about the predictions and his thoughts about the three headed dragon. It would have been cool to see how he truly felt about him serving the black. Maybe he really didn't like the life he lived, Samwell did say that he was waiting at the wall for something to happen. I would have like to learn that he was not the sweet, loyal old man that he portrayed. One good thing about this book was all the conspiracies coming to light. Like the Hound finding peace at the monastery. I personally love the Hound's character and hope that he can live the rest of his days happily. Maybe one day he'll find someone he loves! lol. I also like how Cersei's fortune is unfolding because she's bringing it upon herself! I totally hated her by the end of this book. Oh, and who is Pate, the pig boy?!?

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angeye87
Jul 03, 2014

Not my favorite in the series, but still pretty good. I always love watching the characters grow. I'm ready to see what happened to the rest of the characters in book 5!

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jared15
Jul 22, 2016

"No one who wears a crown is ever safe."

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xzhang17
Aug 18, 2015

“No one who wears a crown is ever safe.”

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xzhang17
Aug 18, 2015

“Come at once. Help me. Save me. I need you as I have never needed you before. I love you, I love you, I love you. Come at once"

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xzhang17
Aug 18, 2015

“He understood the way that you could sometimes fall right into them, as if each page was a hole into another world.”

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xzhang17
Aug 18, 2015

“Better to mock the game than to play and lose.”

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xzhang17
Aug 18, 2015

“Every man should lose a battle in his youth, so he does not lose a war when he is old.”

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tomadou1
Jul 20, 2015

My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.

babyunicorn26 Jun 05, 2014

"Jaime... Tyrion is Tywin's son, not you. I said so once to your father's face, and he would not speak to me for half a year."

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indigo_pineped_3
Feb 18, 2014

"Valar Morghulis"
-Arya Stark

michael_laing Jan 28, 2013

"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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xzhang17
Aug 18, 2015

After the death of Joffrey in the previous book, Tommen is crowned the new king of Westeros. His mother Cersei attempts to break his wife Margaery’s grasp on him by accusing her of adultery. The tables turn when the High Septon arrests her for the same. Meanwhile, Stannis has come to the aid of the Night’s Watch, where Jon Snow has been elected as the newest Lord Commander. Jon sends Sam, Maester Aemon, Gilly, and her baby to the Citadel in Oldtown. Although Maester Aemon does not make it, Sam arrives at the Citadel by the end of the book to begin his training to become a maester himself. Arya travels to Braavos and joins the Faceless Men. In Dorne, Arianne Martell attempts to crown Myrcella as queen of the Seven Kingdoms because she is older than Tommen and, under Dornish law, age, not gender determines succession. However, her attempt is thwarted by her father, Prince Doran, who punishes her by locking her in a tower.

babyunicorn26 Jun 05, 2014

This one mostly follows Cersei, Jaime, Brienne, the Ironmen, Samwell, and enough Arya to keep you interested. Building towards the next book to be released, and good to read closely if you are a fan of the Lannister's, if only for being such good baddies.

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beastdog45
Jul 03, 2013

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
Jul 12, 2012

kings landing is at the brink of total desturction

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