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A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

George R.R. Martin
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Book Description

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.


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From Publishers Weekly

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.)
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From Library Journal

In the fourth volume of Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" saga, the evil king is finally dead-and trouble is starting to brew.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 3447 KB
  • Print Length: 865 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007447868
  • Publisher: Bantam (November 8, 2005)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCKGPC
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2,000 of 2,064 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Feast For Statisticians November 20, 2005
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
OK, I did something a little different in this review. Soon there will be literally hundreds of reviews for this book, all giving similar reasons why people like or dislike A Feast For Crows. Instead of adding, and probably losing, my voice in amongst the clamour, I've done a bit of mathematics for you. I actually went through the book and noted which characters had chapters of their own and how many pages each of those chapters had, then I figured the numbers out as percentages (yes, I know, I need to get out more). So now, for your literary edification and illumination, I present to you a list of what actually happens in the book, according to my calculations (all rounded off).

CERSEI: 22.5%. That's right, folks, the Lannister Queen has more than one page in five, and nearly one page in four, devoted entirely to her point of view. If you've always wanted to know what goes on in her scheming little mind, then boy, do we have a show for you! Considering that there are thirteen people altogether who get chapter viewpoints of their own, Cersei's 22.5% share means that, on average, everyone else only gets 6.5% each. You could say that Cersei has the lion's share (terrible pun, I know).

BRIENNE: 17.5%. Next on our little list comes the Maid of Tarth. Most of the time we spend with her is on character development, rather than juicy action. Not that there's anything wrong with that at all, but you've been warned. If you were expecting her to become Lara Croft: Tomb Raider reborn, think again. Also, of some small statistical note, more than 60% of the pages in this book are devoted to the female character's points of view. Just so you know.

JAIME: 15.5%.
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1,386 of 1,465 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The song is becoming a noodling free-jam November 15, 2005
Format:Hardcover
It's doubtful that any sort of review will stop someone who has read the first three books from reading this long-awaited and justly anticipated instalment. Nevertheless, I'd like to voice an opinion which falls between the extremes which seem to be the most prevalent sort of reponses to this book.

Mr Martin is a great fantasy writer, and I don't think that has changed. However, A Feast For Crows is not up to the standard of this first three in the series. What I suspect HAS changed is the commercial pressure that has been placed on Mr Martin, combined with (I hate to say it) a growing over-indulgence which has been allowed him. When George Martin defends the delays, longer-than-expected lengths, and the seemingly extraneous side-stories, he is fond of referring to Tolkien by saying that "the story writes itself" (or something like that). I don't doubt that Martin experiences this "divine inspiration" like many other great artists, but this time around he seems to have been unable (or more likely, unwilling) to step away from that feeling to undergo the painful process of editing. When the pressure to make a release led to a cutting in half of the anticipated book, thus allowing two books of about 700 pages rather than one of about, say, 1000, it seems that Martin took it as a cue to go easy on the editing. The splitting of the book is itself substantially detrimental, but Martins lack of self-criticism is the real reason why this book is somewhat disappointing. Not everything created by the divine inspiration of great artists is great art.

People who are claiming that there is no plot development, either within the book or for the series, are of course exaggerating.
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897 of 978 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well, OK... November 29, 2006
By Tom
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have to say this book was a disappointment. The first three books in this series were unquestionably 5-star reading.

A Feast for Crows, however, truly was -- as one reviewer described it -- a chore to get through. I wondered often as I read it whether Martin would have fared better to collapse this book and the sequel, A Dance with Dragons, into one volume after all. The argument that the book would have then been too long doesn't wash with me since many of the chapters here -- far too many -- felt like "packing material", the popcorn and bubblewrap that you have to dig through to get to the good stuff that you really wanted and paid for. A Feast for Crows would have been a far better book if the dross chapters had been eliminated and the pure gold chapters from the next book added in. Ah, well. Too late for that now.

Sadly, in this book, I just got bored. Not only once, but again and again. And I am astounded to say that because Martin is a magnificent writer and storyteller. But I was seriously bored with much of this book.

I did not like Martin's departure from the style of previous books of adding so many nameless ("The Prophet", "The Kraken's Daughter", etc.) point-of-view (POV) chapters. Sheesh. Why not just say their names? "Aeron" ... "Asha" ... Worse still, most of these "secondary" POV chapters were quite dull. I did not like these characters and I did not want to invest my time in them because it is not THEIR story I am interested in in this series. Many of these secondary characters are repellent, dull, and/or unpleasant, and each new character's chapter(s) carried the baggage of (seemingly) 50 to 60 new names and characters apiece.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Worst of the series
Without Tyrion or Daenerys this was just straight up boring. Nothing earth shattering happened, so I'd say skip it. You won't be missing anything.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Slow moving
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
There has never been anyone who writes like George R. R. Martin. His characters have become so complex it is sometimes hard to understand where he is going. Read more
Published 18 hours ago by Calvin T. Cobb
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I am enjoying the whole series.
Published 1 day ago by JohnMac
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I found this one to be a bit less engaging than the previous books in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars so it's automatically good. However
It's a game of thrones book, so it's automatically good. However, big mistake only including half the characters; drags on at points.
Published 1 day ago by Laura Geraci
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomeness
The book is excellent. It is true that many of the characters you love aren't in this book, but it's still great. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jabadoo
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Boo I skipped it.
Published 1 day ago by Megan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 2 days ago by Mark K Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Go for it!
Lots of fun and goes into more detail and a few new twisted paths, compared to the TV series. I do not usually enjoy fantasy novels, but this hooked me.
Published 2 days ago by David P. Kownacki
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More About the Author

George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid '90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he's allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.



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Audiobook version of A Feast for Crows
George got back to me as far as the audiobook and no Roy, here's the cut and paste if you will:

"I have forwarded your comments on to Random House Audio. I would prefer to have Roy back for the next volume as well. On this one, he apparently had a prior commitment on the dates Random... Read More
Dec 27, 2005 by D. Ferreira |  See all 95 posts
Who are Jon's Parents?
I agree with your Rhaegar-Lyanna theory; there are just too many hints to be ignored and it's one of the plotlines that I'm hoping will come to fruition later in the series. However, in regards to Eddard's promise to Lyanna, isn't it possible that they were trying to keep Jon a secret from... Read More
Aug 14, 2006 by Ricky T. Mai-Nguyen |  See all 79 posts
A Dance with Dragons
Dang, good question. I thought I had A Dance With Dragons on preorder. Its been almost 3 years since Feast for Crows, and still no sign of the follow up. GRRM hasn't updated his 'Ice and Fire Update' on his blog since Jan 1, 2008. He updates his regular blog, though. I didnt see any mention of... Read More
Sep 11, 2008 by Toro Rojo |  See all 43 posts
Cersei's Prophecy (spoilers)
Yes, I've been thinking along those lines, I was also thinking valonqar more likely means younger brother than little brother, and even though Cersei and Jamie are twins one is always born before the other. So if Cersei was the first to emerge then Jamie could still be her younger brother (even... Read More
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The last 10 years with Martin - A History Lesson
Paul A. Slaughter wrote: "I do not write when away from home. I've tried. Doesn't work, at least not for me."

Hahahaha! He's ALWAYS on vacation or away from home.
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