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A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4) (original 2005; edition 2005)

by George R. R. Martin

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Title:A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)
Authors:George R. R. Martin
Info:Bantam (2005), Hardcover, 784 pages
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A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin (2005)

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George RR Martin regals us with the forth verse of A Song of Ice and Fire. The way the characters interact with each other is only bested by the way you find yourself wondering f you are reading a fantasy novel or a mystery one.

In his Universe, evil and good are foreign concepts. People are people, with sins and virtues, and, while some characters are openly ambitious and would be seen as villains, you understand where they come from and, why not? sometimes hope they get away.

As a non-native English speaker, the prose full of words that escape common use is a welcome change, and a demonstration of the complexity and value of the English language as a literacy juggernaut. ( )
  m_cyclops | Aug 17, 2015 |
The plotting, scheming and conniving continue in the quest for control of the realm.

In this fourth instalment in Mr. Martin’s series he has pared down the character list a little. Although other players in “the game of thrones” are mentioned this book centers on the Lannisters. Not short of blood and guts, this book had less battles and more character development. The neglect of the other characters is explained at the end of the book and I look forward to the next in the instalment to catch up with more of Arya, Jon, Tyrion and Daenerys.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
Having thoroughly enjoyed the previous three novels in A Song of Fire and Ice as well as HBO’s Game of Thrones, I was thoroughly looking forward to reading this, and was also disappointed when I was finished. Whereas Martin’s previous novels were tight, and loaded with drama and intrigue, this one was horribly long-winded and overwritten. There were pages and pages of useless information about characters that are irrelevant. The whole saga of the Greyjoys and the men of the Iron Islands was not terribly interesting and could have been entirely cut. Even among the characters that I enjoy, the storylines involving Brienne and Jaimie Lannister seemed pointless.

Martin at this point is a victim of his own success. His series is so wildly popular that he is at the point that he can write whatever he wants and people will buy it. However, what he really needed in this book was an editor who was willing to hack and slash all of the irrelevant stuff, which was about a third of a book. This book wasn’t terrible. The writing is still good and some of the story lines are interesting, this was clearly the worst of the books I’ve read in the series. I can only hope that in future novels, stronger editing will be employed. For the first time, I can say that the television show is superior to the book.

Carl Alves – author of Two For Eternity ( )
2 vote Carl_Alves | Jul 3, 2015 |
I’m not in love with this one as much as the first three, although I still highly enjoyed it. I feel like we haven’t gotten ANYWHERE in the story! ( )
  Contusions | Jun 23, 2015 |
In the end, this turned out to be a good read. It is rough going in places, rather densely written and perhaps a bit too detailed. Also George RR Martin has a tendency to use the same name for various characters, and considering he has an ensemble cast of over 2000, this can lead to confusion. (Example? The character name "Pate" is used for at least four different people, two of whom, may be the same.)

What I enjoy most about Martin's novels is the complexity of his character's arcs. They don't tend to end well however, and he brings a whole new meaning to the terms torture and death. Song of Ice and Fire makes JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Stephen King's the Stand feel like a literal cake walk in comparison - regarding character death and horrific acts. Martin is however a far better writer than Stephen King, who tends to get sentimental. Martin is a lot of things but sentimental does not come to mind - which is of the good.

There is a temptation to skim bits here and there - but Martin likes to hide juicy bits of information in what appears to the naked eye to be meaningless chatter. I tried to skim one section, Sansa journeying down the castle cliffs with various companions, one of which engages Sansa in what appears to meaningless chatter - only to realize in a later conversation that a juicy clue had been hinted at. It's worth noting that Sansa tunes out during the meaningless chatter as well. Martin has a knack for taking you so deeply into each character's pov, that you tend to see where they are coming from and realize they don't know as much as you do. Considering he is juggling ten different points of view simultaneously this is quite an accomplishment. As is the adherence to detail.

In some respects, I think of Martin as the modern day equivalent of Charles Dickens, well if Dickens was a fantasy writer with a hard-on for The Middle Ages and a desire to re-enact the War of the Roses with zombies, direwolves and dragons afoot. ( )
  cmlloyd67 | Jun 7, 2015 |
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In the wrong hands, a big ensemble like this can be deadly, but Martin is a tense, surging, insomnia-inflicting plotter and a deft and inexhaustible sketcher of personalities... this is as good a time as any to proclaim him the American Tolkien.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 055358202X, Mass Market Paperback)


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.


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.

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After centuries of bitter strife, the seven powers dividing the land have beaten one another into an uneasy truce. But it's not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters of the Seven Kingdoms gather. Now, 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--emerge from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges of the terrible times ahead. Nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages, are coming together to stake their fortunes ... and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests-- but only a few are the survivors.… (more)

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