The aftermath Aug 7, 2011
A Feast for Crows is a subtler book than its predecessor, in that there are fewer scenes of shocking violence, war, or treachery (well, there's always treachery in Westeros, but you get the idea). Many of the characters are picking up the pieces of their tattered lives and figuring out how to proceed, showing us the human side of war once again. I also want to forewarn newcomers to this book; Martin chose to tell the stories of half of the characters rather than leave some stories unfinished. There are also several new characters introduced; as a result, we see no Dany, Jon, or Tyrion, but get a LOT of Cersei, Jaime, Brienne, and Arya. This did not bother me so much in the reading, because I started the book after the fifth book had already dropped, but if I had not had some warning to not expect some of my favorite characters, I would have felt much more disappointed while reading. As it is, the book does a marvelous job of gathering together story lines and painting a realistic picture of humanity and politics in the aftermath of violence.