A Feast for Crows by George RR Martin

Rating 7.0/10
The fourth volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy.

The fourth volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy.

There is passion here, and misery and charm, grandeur and squalor, tragedy, nobility and courage. Bloodthirsty, treacherous and cunning, the Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne in the name of the boy-king Tommen. But fear and deceit are in the air: their enemies are poised to strike. The Martells of Dorne seek vengeance for their dead, and the heir of King Balon of the Iron Isles, Euron Crow's Eye, is as black a pirate as ever raised a sail.

Across the war-torn landscape of the Seven Kingdoms, Brienne the Beauty (thus named in mockery of her great size and strength) seeks for Sansa Stark, having vowed to protect Sansa from the wrath of Queen Cersei, Tommen's power-hungry mother.

Meanwhile apprentice Maester Samwell Tarly brings a mysterious babe in arms south to the Citadel from the cruel frozen north where the sinister Others threaten the Wall!

A Feast for Crows brings to life dark magic, complex political intrigue and horrific bloodshed. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel!and the coldest hearts.

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from India

9-stars

The story is deep and the after effects of the war of five kingdoms is stunningly portrayed. Amazed to see how realistic a fantasy can get.

from USA

9-stars

Insane that people find this so boring.... This book is part of a series, not a standalone novel. The pace changes and new characters are introduced but it is so obvious to me that it is to pick the momentum back up after if dropped off of ASOS... GRRM is showing us the after effects of the War of Five Kings (something few authors have ever done), the plotting behind the next great moments in Westeros and above all, the difficulty of ruling while simultaneously developing some of the "less liked" characters. If anyone gave it a bad review, it's because they are sheep regurgitating nonsense or because they didn't get to play with themselves to Dany or Jon or Tyrion scenes. This book is every bit as good as the others and in the exact same styling and editing of the first three.

from Ireland

10-stars

I liked the book because it focused around Cersei. She's a very interseting character. I found this book an easier read than the rest, also.

from US

3-stars

Boring boring boring . I am a voracious reader and never ever skip read until '' A Feast For Crows''. There are numerous useless characters that add nothing to the story If one can call it that . And what happened to our favorite characters? This book is filled with pages and pages of useless information and should have been seriously edited. I wonder if it was ever read by the publisher.Unbelievable.

from Australia

5-stars

I decided to read the books after seeing the first two seasons of the television adaptation, picking up where the series left off with the third volume and just couldn't put it down. Great writing style, character development and gripping story. Then I started A Feast for Crows… Tedious, long winded, introduction of too many new characters whose effect on the story was negligible while characters who were in the story from the beginning were neglected. Very disappointing. I'm a very disciplined and dedicated reader and hate to skip passages or chapters, but I had to with this book because I was so bored. As other reviewers have said already, this book was sorely in need of decent editing.

from Australia

3-stars

Mr Martin seems to have run out of ideas. It's about here, or the book before where the series starts really going down the gurgler. Far, far too much padding. Danerys sets out across the Red Waste, we get the story of the terrible journey. Fair enough for one description. But wait, there's more, the Rangers head off into the north - it seems every blasted snowflake is described. Samwell Tarly sets sail south from the Wall - a miserable trip with sea sickness and a wailing woman who keeps weeping just that much too long to be tolerable. And let's not forget Bran's interminable travels through rain and snow, Arya going nowhere fast. Far too many pages describing the privations of these junkets. I do not believe a wall 700 feet high - 170 is more like it. And who built the Eyrie? You can hardly reach it. How was it built? Pointless characters by the dozen - the Biter, Hot Pie, even Donal Noye for instance. Too many wargs, wildlings, inn denizens, outlaws, skinchangers etc whose parts in the story seem non-existent except to fill a couple of pages. Dany conquers not one but three slave cities, two of them are excess to requirements and are copies of each other. Where does she get the money? Martin is not very clear about that. Cersei is probably the most interesting character, after Arya, Petyr Baelish and the "Onion Knight" perhaps but she's as mad as a meat axe. Some of the other female characters are just a little too like her - Arianne Martell and her half-sisters, Asha Greyjoy, Dany and it looks like Margaery is heading the same way. On the other hand it looks as if Sansa is starting to actually grow up, not before time. That cider at Oldtown has been feasomely strong for a very long time if the old maester from the Wall is to be believed. But we have read the phrase four or five times too many. I get the idea of magic re-entering the world after the dragons hatch but there is too much of it. There is good stuff in these books but they would have benefited hugely from a lot of cutting.

from New York

10-stars

I guess I've become a fanatic. I love this book, I love reading all about the other side. Sure it's not the best or the most interesting, but it's great fill in material for a huge world the huge fantasy world GRRM created. If you are going to read the whole series then this book is much needed to give depth to old grudges and give threat and a fear factor to the other factions. In a story this deep, I guess I appreciated the other side and now I miss more than ever the characters left out.

from Alaska

8-stars

Many have said this is the weakest book in the series. Indeed, this book is not as engrossing. But I feel those who dislike this book misunderstand its purpose. The book summary explains that (paraphrasing): The war of the 5 kings is over, and the survivors have beaten each other into an uneasy truce. This is not a book of war or grand conspiracies. This is book covers a time in which the characters must regroup and rebuild. It's a very different atmosphere (Spoilers) This book only covers about half the characters, and suffers for it. As Martin explains, A Dance with Dragons will cover those characters who were ignored in this book. Unfortunately, those characters include Tyrion, Jon and Daeneries, whose chapters tend to be better. So this book suffers from following characters who, while important to the story, lack the charisma for the reader. This book is less fun the read. This book also introduces some characters with only titles. There are some characters who have multiple chapters, but their chapters are "Queenmaker" or "Captain of the Guards." This highlights that they are not terribly important, and so it is hard for the reader to connect. Brienne's search is slow and trying, Cersei's decline into madess is gratifying yet drawn out. Sansa's newest adventure is slow and also feels minor to the world. King's Landing, bereft of Tyrion/Varys/Littlefinger, is less exciting. Cersei's paranoia makes her believe Tyrion lives in King's Landing, waiting to strike. I wish he was. Samwell's chapters are great, as are Jaime's. Arya's are so strange the only word I can use to describe them is "detached." The chapters around the Greyjoys are good, but bounce around between the family members, which is very confusing. Also, the prologue of the book is bizarre, and the end of the book does nothing to explain it. This is a different kind of book than the others. I trust Martin will make it worth our while. I also trust that this book is poorer for a reason. Rather than change the whole story arc to make another block-buster book, he ploughs through the book, making it as interesting as possible, but unwilling to compromise his whole series. I'm especially certain that Samwell's story will be crucial in later books.

from Kent

1-stars

The worst book of the series a real chapter skipper.

from Canada

7-stars

Overall a disappointing work for George RR Martin. A Sword of Storms is one of the greatest fantasy books ever written and they go to this. It feels slow, you care for only half the characters and it's incredibly slow.

6.5/10 from 11 reviews

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