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The fourth book of the “A Song of Ice and Fire'' series is a continuation of the previous storyline. Interestingly, however, George Martin decided to write the full story of some characters in one book and the rest in the other, rather than half the stories of all characters as it may prove to be too confusing for the readers to keep track of so many things happening all at once. “A Feast for Crows'' focuses mainly on the stories of characters in King’s Landing, from each character’s own perspective. The main characters are Cercei, Jaime, Tommen, Petyr Baelish, and Margary Tyrell with her companions. If you have read through the previous books, you would probably have little liking for Cercei Lannister as she proved herself to be a selfish, evil character in the book. Nevertheless, I personally sympathize with her fierce feelings to protect her children against all harm; especially after she has lost her dearest and eldest child in the third book. I strongly agree with the statement “A mother is fiercest when it comes to protecting her children.” All Cercei’s actions can be explained by her desire to protect her remaining children. I would rate this book a 4.6/5 in comparison with its prequels as well as similar fictions written by other authors. I would recommend the series, and I look forward to seeing how the other half of the characters are doing in “A Dance with Dragons”.
@tiny_astronaut of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
4 stars. This was a beast of a book to read...at over 1,000 pages, it was the fourth book in Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series (aka Game of Thrones). It was a whopper of a book to read, with updates to the different houses and characters who are setting out to try to become the leader of the Seven Kingdoms. We learn about a lot of the characters and what has happened to them since we last saw them. Cersei, Arya, Sansa, Jaime, Asha Greyjoy, Brienne of Tarth, Sam Tarly, among many others, but some of the central characters were only mentioned peripherally in this book, their stories to be told in the 5th book in the series. New plots and alliances occur and it was at time difficult to remember who was who, as the different chapters alternated different storylines. But all in all, it was a huge but interesting read and I look forward to the slog through book 5 next year, weighing in at well over 1100 pages.
Perhaps I should subtract half a star for not including all of my favorite characters, but this series is just too good. GRRM will get nothing but five stars from me.
This book made the plot of ASOIAF much more complex, with so many new perspectives from different Houses. It was unnecessary, but it's not like I absolutely hated it. I just wish the good characters (like Sansa, Jamie, Cersei, and Arya) had way more chapters then they actually did. The exquisite details of the Captain of the Guard of Dorne is not nearly as special to me as Arya's adventures in Braavos, or the game of thrones being played by Litterfinger in the Eyrie through the eyes of poor Sansa. However, the book was still good, and as always, George is one of my favorite writers. I feel like the day a book of his comes out that's not absolutely amazing is a day that will never come into existence.
The game of thrones is as complex and high-stakes as ever in this fourth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. Chronologically, this story takes place at the same as much of the fifth book, but each book focuses on a different set of characters. Look for Cersei, Samwell, Sansa, Brienne, and Jaime in this one, but be prepared to wait on Daenerys and Bran until book five.
Often lauded as the worst book in A Song of Ice and Fire, A Feast of Crows suffers mainly because half of the cast is excluded. Martin cut his book in half, and rather than give us a 1700 page book, gave us two books instead with different characters, but covering roughly the same timeframe.
I loved the first three books in the series "A Song of Ice and Fire." I hated this one. With the first three books, the balance between showing and telling was perfect, and in a cast of thousands, you have to keep that balance to a fine point, or the story won't work. The first three books also focused on four great Houses and the people they associated with: Starks, Baratheons, Lannisters, and Targaryans. This book decided we needed to see absolutely everything that was going on, and introduced three more great Houses and their associates: Tyrells, Martells, and Greyjoys, which bloated an already full cast of characters. Everything that happened in Dorne shows how badly this book needed editing. I simply didn't care. The events were introduced through a character we met once, then switched to an incredibly obnoxious character that I couldn't care less about. The sad thing is that I could see how the events could be interesting, if they had been told from a different point-of-view character, particularly one that I already knew and was invested in, i.e. Myrcella Baratheon. The Greyjoys were just as bad. I am not interested in them at all, and would like it if a kraken swallowed the lot, with the exception of Theon and his sister.
The book wasn't a total loss. I liked getting the story from Cersei's point of view. It made her that much more unlikable for me, but she is a character I am invested in, so I'm more forgiving of it. I do want to read the last book in the series, but this one was a chore to read rather than a joy.
Least exciting book of the series thus far, however still worth the read.
I have to say that this was my least favorite book out of the whole series. It was still a very well-written and enticing book, but it wasn't has good has the first three books or the last book. This book reads a bit slower and it takes a little while to get into. I still loved this book, and it was a great book to read. I couldn't set it down. Overall, this was the worst book in the series, but it was a still a really good book.
I have to agree that A Feast for Crows (book 4) didn't start as interesting as the previous ones, mainly because of the way it's set up, i.e. GRRM decided to break up the huge amount of content that he had for this period of time into two books, but instead of going the traditional way of breaking things into two time windows he decided to break it up based on the POV characters; or in his words, instead of telling half the story for all the characters, he decided to tell the whole story for half of the characters. So you will be missing some of the favorite characters in this book, and will see them in the 5th book (A Dance of Dragons). This combined with introduction of some new POVs makes the book a bit slow to start with, but about half way through the book things start to get interesting again.
Overall, this is probably my least favorite out of the five books out by now, but it's still a very good book.
In the next thrilling installment in the series A Song of Fire and Ice, events have drastically changed from the circumstances in A Storm of Swords. Overall, there are several new developments in this book. I can’t wait to read A Dance of Dragons!
Storm of Swords was the last great book in the series. It has become apparent with this one and 'A Dance With Dragons' that Martin's reach somewhat exceeds his grasp.
Lots of fans think this one is boring, but I still liked it. you get some new voices from the Westeros world and beyond, so it fleshes out the story
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This book was pretty good. There were some parts that seemed to drag on a bit. I think if Martin changed some of his POV characters it would have been alot more interesting. For example, instead of Victorian Greyjoy being a POVC, the Crows Eye should have been one. I would have loved to hate him, but like him at the same time. You couldn't really sympathize with Victorian because he's a boring guy and because the only reason he hated the Crow's eye is because he slept with his "salt wife" aka his kidnapped concubine. Really? She wasn't even your real wife. I was indifferent towards the Crow's eye, but he could have had alot of potential.
Another POV character should have been Aemon Targaryen. Yeah Samwell is a good guy and should have his place in GOT, but Aemon could have given us more info about the predictions and his thoughts about the three headed dragon. It would have been cool to see how he truly felt about him serving the black. Maybe he really didn't like the life he lived, Samwell did say that he was waiting at the wall for something to happen. I would have like to learn that he was not the sweet, loyal old man that he portrayed. One good thing about this book was all the conspiracies coming to light. Like the Hound finding peace at the monastery. I personally love the Hound's character and hope that he can live the rest of his days happily. Maybe one day he'll find someone he loves! lol. I also like how Cersei's fortune is unfolding because she's bringing it upon herself! I totally hated her by the end of this book. Oh, and who is Pate, the pig boy?!?
Not my favorite in the series, but still pretty good. I always love watching the characters grow. I'm ready to see what happened to the rest of the characters in book 5!
Don't like having to wait for the next book to read about all the other characters, going over the same time frame?
I had seen (and heard from friends) a lot of negative commentary on the problem of the timeline being gone over twice in A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. Fortunately, I also saw several references to the work of one reader to put together a chapter list that merges the two books into one chronological timeline.
Search for "boiled leather game of thrones reader-friendly" on-line to find the list if you're interested in the dual read. It does make for long breaks between character chapters, but I have found it valuable.
That said--these two books, split or together, don't have quite the intense plot march as the third book, where Martin really shone in his ability to Up the Stakes with every single chapter. (That's something that I, as a writer, find I'm learning from reading this series.) A number of characters are sitting becalmed in the metaphorical (or physical ocean) for some time during this timeline. But they continue to grow and learn things about themselves, for the most part. The books are still well-written and draw you on.
The weakest book of the first 5 in the series, especially in comparison to its excellent predecessor, A Storm of Swords. It is a bit more difficult to get through due to the introduction of and sole focus on many new characters, leaving the reader in the dark on the main characters (Tyrion, Dany, Jon Snow, etc.) the books have followed thus far.
On average, the chapters are also longer in page length, and drag on when combined with the fact that some of these new POV characters are less interesting.
Many of the chapters have a lot of descriptive fluff, and very few events of major excitement occur in the book. Somewhere in the middle of the book there is a long stretch in which almost nothing of interest happens.
The above being said, there are enjoyable bits and pieces. Cersei's storyline was the standout for me, and the tensions growing between her and Jaime were interesting, as were Arya's few chapters. As for new characters, we meet several more members of the Great Houses Greyjoy and Martell, the latter of which I found more compelling to read about in this volume.
Overall, this is the weakest novel so far in a strong series. I'd compare it to one's least favorite child: it may not live up to your expectations but you'll love it all the same!
DO NOT READ THIS SERIES!
Yes, it is entertaining. It is well written. It will hook you.
But George R.R. Martin completely sold out fans for the hollywood cash. He is exactly what he claims to oppose as he pretends to be a 99%. He is not common folk, but a brilliant elitist writer who cashed in.
Being said...watch the shows. Very close to the books, and Tyrion is simply amazing to watch.
Skip over the parts that you personally find gross and stupid and enjoy the rest. Just hope there will be a satisfying resolution to this series before we are all too old to read it.
A thoroughly enjoyable read, if you are not expecting a quick resolution that is. All books have been consistently great. He is a wonderful writer.
While Martin writes an engrossing story, I'm not always sure it's worth slogging through all the gore and misogyny. In addition, his histories are so wide-ranging that it's often impossible to remember who did what to whom without a cheat sheet. My personal view is that never is too soon to read another word about Cersei. Even villainy gets dull if it is never varied. These quibbles aside, I will be tearing into A Dance With Dragons as soon as I can get it from the library.
I'll admit that this book didn't entice me the way the last 3 did but there were some pretty great parts. I found all the characters in the story had slow parts which in turn made me read it slower. I did enjoy reading about the different side characters like Alleras, Tom O'Sevenstreams, etc from one character's perspective. Then reading about them later in another. I can't promise that this will be as exciting as the last but the endings will make you glad for sticking around. P.S. all fantasy books are overly descriptive, it's in the nature of the genre.