- Series: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 4)
- Paperback: 784 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (October 30, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553582038
- ISBN-13: 978-0553582031
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5,015 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 strongwill 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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Make no mistake, this is still a novel worth reading and I am still captured by the whole Game of Thrones saga. But the author could have done much better and that makes this one frustrating. RJB.
In the first three parts, I couldn't wait to get to the next page. I'm not feeling that with this one. Maybe the story has just taken too long to unfold; I don't know. But, while reading it, I find myself drifting off and wondering to myself, "What should I have for dinner tonight." Put another way, I just don't care about the characters. Even when I get to an Arya chapter, I'm less excited than I used to be. When I finished A Storm of Swords, I was eager to start on AFFC, but he didn't really pick up where he'd left off, at least not with all the characters. I won't write in any spoilers here, but some characters are teased on in the final bit of ASOS, and then ignored almost entirely in this one.
GRRM makes a big deal of mentioning his motives for writing stories that aren't predictable, and then sets about as if to break the world's record for unpredictability. It just seems to me that trying so hard to be unpredictable for the sake of originality is not a worthy goal. We all love being surprised, but enough already.
I have enjoyed this series and will continue to read it, because I want the entire story. It seems that two more books are due (after ADWD) and so I'll hang in there and hope A Dance with Dragons is a more entertaining read. My hope is that the popularity and style of the television show will not spoil his books to come, or influence his writing in a way that cheapens it.