THE BOOK BEHIND THE FOURTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES "GAME OF THRONES" Few 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 that began with "A Game of Thrones." Now, in "A Feast for Crows, " Martin delivers the long ...
THE BOOK BEHIND THE FOURTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES "GAME OF THRONES" Few 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 that began with "A Game of Thrones." 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 Crows 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. "From the Trade Paperback edition.""
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Book 3 left me hanging so much that this book was so painful!! Excellent writing, a definite page turner.
Oct 5, 2012
Needs a serious editor
After I read the first volume, I decided to buy the rest of the series. How I whish I hadn't. The second volume is tiresome to read, a lot of references to the first volume (is that a new way to produce thick volumes!?).
The third volume I liked even less. As in the second, to my experience the balance between anoying characters and not so is lost. Which, in turn, made it hard to read. I skipped quite a lot of pages while reading. Unfortunately I bought the book and found I had - at least - try to read it..
May 24, 2012
As we find out at the very end of the novel, this is part one of two, really only part 4.1, The followup Dancing with Dragons is the 2nd group of the characters' story for this same time period.
Most of my favored characters not included.
...Note that this story, at his rate of telling, could take another 50 years with 1 book every 5 years...
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.
Oct 7, 2010
A Feast for Crows
This series is excellent. It is very well written and does not evoke boredom nor the tease to scan or skip ahead. Conveniently, an index of the characters is included in each book. Highly recommended by both my husband and myself.
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