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.
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.
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A bit tedious
I absolutely loved the first three books, but this one was a chore to get through. The author is an amazing writer, but with so many new characters and unfamiliar story lines this book was difficult to enjoy. Just glad it's done so I can get started on the "real" story in book 5.
Update: just got done with book 5 and it was awesome. Get through book 4 to get back to the good stuff
I enjoyed the Brienne character and Asha is interesting as well but too much of the book is dedicated to secondary characters like Samwell. We like these characters alongside strong primary characters but they aren't interesting enough to carry an entire novel. I use to like reading Sam and Brienne but this novel have made them unbearable! Shame on the author. This book was written solely for financial gain in extending the series. It lacks adventure, little about the original characters except Arya and Sansa.
To all whom say this is the worst book in the series
For all people stating that this book is a "mummers farce" and not worth reading, do yourselves a favor and visit the Song of Ice and Fire website and there you will find George RR martins dilemma: This book and Dance With Dragons are the same book which he felt was (obviouslly) to large to release as one volume and spilt it into two books. If you read between the lines in A Feast For Crows you will see that he is setting the stage for a conclusion that will rock the world of Weteros! To skim this book, or skip paragraphs to get to the "Good Stuff" is a a cheat to yourself! Samwell Tarly may not have been as awesome as Robb Stark, but he is shaping into a key player and will most likley survive to the end, unlike others whom have been killed off early on.
So please do yourselves a favor, read this book, and take to heart what Mr, Martin is laying down, you will not be dissapointed!