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A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) Mass Market Paperback – September 26, 2006
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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. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top customer reviews
That said, the book's large and varied cast is also its weakness. The initial momentum from the initial scrambles in the new world order drops off towards the end, left incomplete for the next book. And unfortunately, Martin's skill at cohesion of disparate points of view is not as present as it was in previous entries. But still, it remains an intriguing entry in the series as a whole.
One minor pet peeve though: for whatever reason, for POV chapters of secondary characters, instead of using the typical style of naming the chapter after the character's first name, like Aeron, he'll use some title like "The Prophet" (this is even more annoying when he'll then use a different title later). A minor, and not overly detracting, annoyance.
Overall, to me, this was a complete waste of time. It feels like the author has written this book while performing his morning rituals. I'm most definitely not spending any more money for the next book. Hopefully HBO can salvage Westeros.
I was hoping this ever expanding plot would end in book 5 when he clearly has to wind up many lose ends, but he is still expanding the plot in the last book. We have headed off in about 50 different directions at this point, and he thinks we need more instead of dealing with what we have. He also goes back to characters and instead of developing a suspenseful action packed set of events, he will bore the reader to death with page after page of background or insipid empty character history or uninteresting events.
I am sure I sound angry and annoyed. This is only true because the series had so very much potential. And he does do extremely well in parts. The series is really unsurpassed in plot creativity and suspense from time to time. Too bad he does not fulfill that promise by developing the plot in a realistic doable manner and providing more consistent plot action.