Title: A Feast for Crows
Author: George R. R. Martin
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire
Previous Books in the Series:
1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. A Storms of Swords
Date Started: October 28
Date Finished: November 4
Format: Mass Trade Paperback from my own shelf
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.
Shockingly, this book did not get thicker as the other two did. In fact, since Clash of Kings, this was probably the shortest. And the reason behind that is a lot of the familiar cast of characters were missing. Granted there were the obvious ones that were missing because they died at the end of the last book. But characters like Jon Snow and Daenerys aren’t involved at all and according to Martin that was by design, otherwise book 4 would have been too long. Well, at least this shows me that he does understand how long these books are, but man I kind of missed my Dragon Queen and Jon Snow. But alas there are other characters to meet and lose.
A Feast for Crows focused on what was happening in and around King’s Landing – except those chapters that dealt with the Dornish. And these character POV’s had weird names a good chunk of the time between – The Princess in the Tower and the Queen Maker (who are the same character by the way) – it was getting really confusing to follow along. And I still think Martin is getting ridiculous with all the backstory, sometimes I really don’t need to know the history behind the song that the singer is singing, okay? However, there were A LOT of character developments that made my heart go nuts. I’m still trying to figure out Jaime Lannister. He got confusing with every page, the guy who was so dedicated to Cersei his twin and he works very hard to distance himself – not only in actual distance, but act wise too – from her. That bit at the end of his last chapter was shocking, although I kind of guessed that was coming. Cersei is paranoid and with all her conniving I was waiting to feel somewhat sorry for her, but I didn’t. I’m not sure what’s coming her way, but it probably won’t end well. As for Brienne… I can’t even talk about that.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I liked how short this book was and I wished that the next one was too. But it’s not I checked. I’m curious to see what happens to King’s Landing now that the ‘Queen Regent’ is imprisoned in the High Septon’s home for her crimes. And as for that character who may or may not be back from the grave… YIKES.
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