GAME OF THRONES: A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, NOW ON HBO. 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. From the Hardcover edition.
- Hugo Awards
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.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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1 . So much promise so little delivered
Posted July 11, 2012 by Gabe Araiche , Grimsby, OntarioI ready Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time book up to the Ninth book hoping that the previous two were a mistake. I then quit. Now he is dead and his book will be finished by someone else who thought another three post mortem books were in order.
I will not do that again. GRRM is doing the same. He had his story in a total of maybe 5 books if he stuck to the story. Of course, when you are popular, 5 books are probably not enough for the publisher and BLAM! you have ruined your story. AFFC is a pointless, uninteresting novel. I gave it two stars out of pity. He introduces new characters and a new story line when we are already saturated with people, names and places. Keeping everyone in order is a nightmare even with the glossary.
I wish the author had kept to a five book story keeping the story line. The first three books were good though I even think the whole wight storyline was unnecessary. I was enjoying the interaction of the characters even without it. Now I read other reviews ahead which say that the next book is even worse. I really think I am done with these books. I read for enjoyment not to trudge through page after page.
I am sad. I had hoped that GRRM was going to be another say David Eddings or even J.K. Rowlings (though she probably went two books too long herself). I expect that I will eventually see book 7, 8 and 9 on the shelves and by that time you won't even remember the story lines from books 1,2 and 3.
2 . Waste of time and Money
Posted February 16, 2012 by Richard , MontrealIt seems that the author ran out of ideas. I loved the first 3 books but this one...it took me 5 months to finish it.
Lots of new and useless characters; The plot is vague and complex, reaching the last page does not make it more understandable. It doesn't really matter though, because, it's so boring that you don't really care what happens to the characters anymore. Martin gets lost in long and useless descriptions of uninteresting feelings and desires...People die and come back to life...not to continue what they were doing when living, but just to be additional characters, with unclear agendas....ahhhh...just forget the book.
3 . Should have edited it down
Posted February 12, 2012 by Amanda , CanadaI got about halfway through this book & put it down for months because I did not care at all about the characters that were being followed. When I did pick it up again I found that he finally does get back to writing about characters that you actually care about for the last half.
At the end of the book there was a little note from the author that basically explained why the first half of the book was so bad (& why people didn't care for the next one either) , he wrote way too much material & instead of editing it down & realizing that he wrote half of the book about characters none of his readers care about & just cutting that bit (I personally found that backstory on the Ironborns activities was really not needed), he split it into 2 mediocre books that lost a the interest of most of the people I know who've read & loved the previous books. It's a shame because there is still some good story in their, but most people will only put up with so many hundreds of pages of tedium to get to it.
In summary I ended up liking this one, but was dissapointed in the author for not realizing how much of his audience he would lose by adding in a thoroughly boring group of characters. It would have been better if he had left the ironborn as an outside entity, since their motives were not particularely interesting & definately didn't require half a book to explain.
4 . arghhhhhhh
Posted July 12, 2011 by sharona , new englandSorry to say, I wanted to like this one even half as much as I loved the others but it disappointed me greatly.
While this book was not boring it was frustrating to read. There was no climax or big build up to a pivotal moment as in the other books. You're reading along, waiting for the "finale", the convergence of some key characters, the big game changer, the build up to the cliffhanger and suddenly, the book is over. I feel cheated. I am not looking for each little story to be wrapped up w/ a bow at the end but some closure for a few of the characters that didn't involve them being murdered would be nice. Additionally, enough with the tediously detailed descriptions of what each person is wearing! If it's not significant to the story, I dont' care!!!! I am so glad I didn't read this series before. I would be 10X as annoyed if I had to wait 6 years for the next installment. I'm just annoyed enough with this last book that I am going to wait to see some reviews of "dance with dragons" before I spend my money.
5 . Slim Pickings, for a Feast
Posted July 02, 2011 by Blair Hammond , NewmarketWhat strikes a reader of fantasy fiction is that George is different - not only does he make it his purpose in life to make his central characters suffer, he also has some of them actually die...or not. I mean, why go to all the work of making the reader care about a character, then do the opposite of what the reader wants? Very frustrating. And, by the way, do we have enough subplots going on here? Will all the heroes become villains, and visa-versa? Has he ever heard of unity and coherence? Let's hope the next installment (5 of 7) ties up many of the loose ends this novel left frayed, along with the reader's nerves. I'd like to see some of the scenes in this book be attempted on the HBO screens. Computer graphics, anyone?
6 . Terrific
Posted December 24, 2008 by Homebody , Washington StateThis is an excellent forth book to the series. It certainly leaves you wanting more and is worth every moment.
7 . read the series awesome
Posted December 21, 2008 by james lara , newcastlefourth book in a very intense series. each chapter follows a different character, when you're reading the villain's chapters, you hate the good guys and vice versa. can't wait for the next book.
November 07, 2005
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Excerpt from A Feast for Crows (Song of Ice & Fire: #4) by George R.R. Martin
She could hear the dead man coming. The slow, measured tread of footsteps went before him up the steps, echoing amongst the pillars of the purple marble hall.
"Your Grace," said Ser Barristan Selmy, the Lord Commander of her Queensguard, "there is no need for you to suffer this."
"There is." Dany?s voice was firm. "He died for me." She clutched her lion pelt more tightly. Underneath her sheer white linen sleeping tunic covered her only to mid-thigh. She had been dreaming when Missandei woke her, dreaming of a house with a red door, and there had been no time to dress.
"Khaleesi," said her handmaid Irri, "you must not touch the dead man. It is bad luck to touch the dead."
"Unless you have killed them yourself," said Jhiqui, her other handmaid. She was bigger-boned than Irri, with wide hips and heavy breasts. "That is known."
"It is known," Irri agreed.
Dany paid them no mind. Dothraki were wise where horses were concerned, but they could be utter fools about much else. They are only girls, besides. Her handmaids were of an age with her; women grown to look at them, with their black hair, copper skin, and almond-shaped eyes, but children all the same. Khal Drogo had given them to her, who was her sun-and-stars. Drogo had given her the pelt too, the head and hide of a hrakkar, the white lion of the Dothraki sea. It was too big for her and had a musty smell, but it made her feel as if Drogo were still near her.
Grey Worm appeared first, climbing the steps with torch in hand. His captain?s cap was crested with three spikes. Behind him followed four of his Unsullied, bearing the dead man on their shoulders. Beneath their spiked bronze caps, their faces showed so little they might have been cast of bronze as well.
Daenerys Targaryen awaited them seated on the ebony bench that she had made her throne. Her eyes were soft with sleep, her silver-gold hair all tousled. I am the blood of the dragon, she reminded herself, and the dragon knows no fear. They laid the corpse down at her feet. Ser Barristan pulled back the blood-stained shroud. Grey Worm lowered the torch, so she might see.