A Feast for Crows (Review)

Book cover for "A Feast for Crows" by George R.R. Martin.Title: A Feast for Crows

Author: George R. R. Martin

Publication Year: 2005

Pages: 1104

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Source: E-book purchased from Kobo Books

From the cover:

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.

(This is the fourth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, after A Game of ThronesA Clash of Kings, and A Storm of Swords.)

I kind of didn’t love this book. If it weren’t for the fact that it’s necessary reading to understand the plot going forward, I’d tell you not to bother.

Because of Martin’s decision to split the characters by location into A Storm of Swords and A Feast for Crows, all of my favourite characters are essentially not included in this book. Very little action in King’s Landing is covered here, as it was all told already. Instead, we learn about the complications of Dorne for the first time, and go into more depth in the Eyrie, the Iron Islands, and a bit of less consequential stuff. Really, it wasn’t my favourite. I can’t even tell you most of what happened. The writing style was still good, as was the development of the characters … but none of them really drew me in like Daenerys, Tyrion, Arya, and the others usually do. Without them interspersing the narrative, it just fell much flatter for me than the rest of the series thus far.


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