A Feast for Crows

A Feast for Crows

eBook - 2005
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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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2005
ISBN: 9780553900323
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Characteristics: 1 online resource (753 p.) : maps


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Apr 17, 2021

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”.
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Mar 06, 2020

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.

Jul 21, 2019

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.

Jun 08, 2019

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.

May 20, 2019

Book 4

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Library_Jill Aug 22, 2017

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.

SaraLovesBooks Oct 18, 2016

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.

Aug 05, 2016


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Jul 22, 2016

"No one who wears a crown is ever safe."

Aug 18, 2015

“No one who wears a crown is ever safe.”

Aug 18, 2015

“Come at once. Help me. Save me. I need you as I have never needed you before. I love you, I love you, I love you. Come at once"

Aug 18, 2015

“He understood the way that you could sometimes fall right into them, as if each page was a hole into another world.”

Aug 18, 2015

“Better to mock the game than to play and lose.”

Aug 18, 2015

“Every man should lose a battle in his youth, so he does not lose a war when he is old.”

Jul 20, 2015

My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.

babyunicorn26 Jun 05, 2014

"Jaime... Tyrion is Tywin's son, not you. I said so once to your father's face, and he would not speak to me for half a year."

Feb 18, 2014

"Valar Morghulis"
-Arya Stark

michael_laing Jan 28, 2013

"Needle was Jon Snow's smile. He used to mess my hair and call me "little sister," she remembered, and suddenly there were tears in her eyes.” -Arya Stark

“Innocent or guilty, a Lannister pays his debts.”

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Aug 18, 2015

After the death of Joffrey in the previous book, Tommen is crowned the new king of Westeros. His mother Cersei attempts to break his wife Margaery’s grasp on him by accusing her of adultery. The tables turn when the High Septon arrests her for the same. Meanwhile, Stannis has come to the aid of the Night’s Watch, where Jon Snow has been elected as the newest Lord Commander. Jon sends Sam, Maester Aemon, Gilly, and her baby to the Citadel in Oldtown. Although Maester Aemon does not make it, Sam arrives at the Citadel by the end of the book to begin his training to become a maester himself. Arya travels to Braavos and joins the Faceless Men. In Dorne, Arianne Martell attempts to crown Myrcella as queen of the Seven Kingdoms because she is older than Tommen and, under Dornish law, age, not gender determines succession. However, her attempt is thwarted by her father, Prince Doran, who punishes her by locking her in a tower.

babyunicorn26 Jun 05, 2014

This one mostly follows Cersei, Jaime, Brienne, the Ironmen, Samwell, and enough Arya to keep you interested. Building towards the next book to be released, and good to read closely if you are a fan of the Lannister's, if only for being such good baddies.

Jul 03, 2013

The fourth book in the series of Fire and Ice. Mostly filled with long narrative stretches. Luckily there are a few interesting tidbits that happen throughout. There is definitely a build up for what will be occurring in book 6 when both stories are joined again.

Jul 12, 2012

kings landing is at the brink of total desturction


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