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.
Though it boasts a risque title and cunning cover art, the majority of the stories and essays collected here put the emphasis on the "Me," rather than the "Do." Having first appeared in the literary journal Tin House, these pieces vary widely in terms of structure as well as quality; Michel Lowenthal's "You Don't See the Other Person Looking Back" is one of the book's strongest entries, an engrossing tale of a sighted gay man who embarks on a cruise with blind gay passengers, but it's all too short. Nicholas Montemarano's skillful metafiction "Make Believe" and Denis Johnson's story "Xmas in Las Vegas" are two more strong points; other pieces don't fare so well. Dylan Landis' "Jazz," a short story about a young girl sexually assaulted by a family friend, feels sophomoric, and Mark Jude Poirer's "I, Maggot" seems more interested in impressing the reader with symbolism and imagery than titillating, or even telling a story. Readers interested in literary pyrotechnics and Carver-esque ruminations on the everyday will probably get a great deal out of the book, but those looking for a literary roll in the hay will be disappointed.
A Good Read
"A Feast For Crows" is the fourth installment in the Song of Ice & Fire saga, and some claimed that it was the weakest of the 5 books.
I will agree that it is not as captivating as the first three novels in the series, however it is not as boring as some reviews will lead you to believe it is. Arya, Cersei and Jaime do hold the more interesting plots, and the book strays to the Iron Islands and Dorne frequently, which I found to be the less interesting parts.
All in all, I do recommend it because some subtle things happen in this book that set the series up for some big things to come!
If you are reading this review now you may be considering reading this now. Talk would suggest this one is not as good as the others which is totally wrong. It was purely as amazing. If you read this six years ago I could understand missing some of the chapters that do not appear in this book. Also it ends very suddenly. Because today is today you can move right on to A Dance with Dragons and there is no waiting for the next volume. Grab them both and just go. Enjoy it.
George, next time use the "to be continued..." method like every other book. The way you left out all the main characters was stupid.
It's obvious you are now just putting words after words to make more money. I read 5 books yet nothing is getting near conclusion. Waste of time