Published by Random House Publishing Group on 2005-11-08
Genres: Action & Adventure, Epic, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction
THE BOOK BEHIND THE FOURTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONESFew 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 CROWSIt 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.From the Hardcover edition.
Now that I have finished graduate school, I have more time to read the books on my to-read list. First up was to finish the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin and book four: A Feast for Crows. Before I started this book, I had a good friend warn me to not watch the series and to not get upset if I did not read about certain characters because Martin divided the characters amongst books four and five, which are supposed to take place about the same time. Book four, which I just completed, was set in King’s Landing and the surrounding region. Judging by the title, I was expecting war and death… leaving behind a “feast” of bodies for crows to gather and feed on.
Book four featured particular emphasis on the characters of Cersei and Brienne, as well as Jaime. Martin also incorporated chapters on characters such as “The Prophet” and “The Captain of Guards,” some of which I had met before in earlier readings and some new to the game. Martin plays on the series understanding of the “game of thrones” and explains this game and aspirations further in this fourth book. As mentioned, the book focuses on the events of King’s Landing primarily, as well as the surrounding region with emphasis on the Iron Islands, Dorne, and the Eyrie.
Compared to the other books, I felt that this book was uneventful in the end. Maybe this is because the third book featured climactic events like the Red Wedding? Either way, the first 500 to 600 pages of A Feast for Crows was building up the game and characters’ travels. There were deaths (like every Martin book to-date) but none that surprised me or caused my jaw to drop. In addition, there were a few new characters introduced that I did not fall in love with or was anxious to get back to their story. However, these new characters do show just how expansive and complex the game of throwns actually is. One feature I did enjoy in the book was the overlap of characters who crossed paths but did not know who the other was. This added for a little more thrill to see how close these characters were and if they would make that connection with each other or keep moving on along their personal journeys.
Keeping this short and sweet so I do not reveal any spoilers, this book was good. However, it felt like it was an entire book dedicated to setting the stage for events stewing. I am looking forward to reading A Dance with Dragons next… there were some hints to events that may take place in the north during the same time as the events throughout A Feast for Crows. I hope some are true, and others not what they seem… hopefully this next book features more shocking events than the last!