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A Feast for Crows (2005)

by George R. R. Martin

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Series: A Song of Ice and Fire (4)

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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.… (more)
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How does Mr. Martin keep all of these characters and locations straight? He must have a mind full of intricate family trees and comprehensive maps, among a great deal of other things. Maybe it would help if I read the print instead of listening to the audio so that I could flip back the pages to see what was said about someone earlier (—I think I’m in want of an index!) as I got confused about some characters who I thought I saw die in the television series, yet still live in this volume, and I could barely recall some of the other characters at all from past novels, and still their numbers increase here… The spotlight is short for some of the new ones and I’m wondering if I forgot something as to how they connect to the main characters, or if the connection has yet to be revealed and will come to light in the next volume. I guess I’d better get to it before I forget what I think I know. ( )
  TraSea | Apr 29, 2024 |
Not nearly as good as the other books, mostly because I feel like all the characters I liked are dead or gone. Pretty disappointing, actually. ( )
  mrbearbooks | Apr 22, 2024 |
george sir.... you've done it again
  rottweilersmile | Apr 19, 2024 |
So far this is very good. I don't want to give anything away but a lot has happened in this book. I am having a hard time keeping up so i am re-reading the first half. It is so good i don't mind at all. ( )
  Mariafrendo | Apr 6, 2024 |
I said I wouldn't read book 4 and I read book 4 and I am not happy about it. It had all the things that I disliked with the huge sprawling cast of characters and never following a plot line long enough to actually know what was happening and then all the sex and violence and both together and it was just a hugely unsatisfying read.
  amyem58 | Mar 15, 2024 |
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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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George R. R. Martinprimary authorall editionscalculated
Canty, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Norey, VirginiaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rostant, LarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sinclair, JamesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Youll, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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for Stephen Boucher wizard of Windows, dragon of DOS without whom this book would have been written in crayon
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"Dragons," said Mollander. He snatched a withered apple off the ground and tossed it hand to hand.
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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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