Book Genre: High Fantasy
Book Series: Book #4 in the A Song of Ice and Fire series
Links: Author’s Site
Source: I own a copy of this book
With A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth volume of the landmark series that has redefined imaginative fiction and stands as a modern masterpiece in the making.
After centuries of bitter strife, the seven powers dividing the land have beaten one another into an uneasy truce. But it’s not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters of the Seven Kingdoms gather. Now, 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—emerge from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges of the terrible times ahead. Nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages, are coming together to stake their fortunes…and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests—but only a few are the survivors.
I finished it… Not quite sure what I think of it, but I’ve read it and survived to write the review. Oy, these books are so packed with information, plots and sub-plots, characters that I just feel mentally drained when I’m done and not sure how to form my thought into a coherent review. But let’s try because I’m ready to move on to two review request books so I can quickly dive into A Dance with Dragons. I know if I don’t read the other books I will never get their reviews posted by their release date, so while it pains me not to continue right away I am exercising some restraint.
On some fronts I’m disappointed by this book, mainly because most of my favorite characters like Daenerys and Tyrion were woefully missing from this story. Martin explains the reason for this at the very end, but it would have been nice to not read 976 pages before I learned why they were absent. Then again perhaps he knew what he was doing because it might have caused me to skip this book. Probably not, but my mindset would have been against liking it from the beginning. There were a few characters I enjoy in this book though; Jamie, Arya, Brienne, Samwell being the main ones. Then there were a whole slew of new points of view that I kept think common I don’t give a damn about these people…in the beginning at least. As usual Martin forces me to pay attention and develop an interest in some of them, some I could still couldn’t care less about. Then there is Cersei… I so hate this character, but I’ll dive into that in a bit.
So what is this book about, mainly it is the fallout of all of Lannister’s manipulation of the kingdom and the war for the Iron throne. The land has been divided up, the battle fields are littered with remains of those who fell to the mighty lions and slowly through division in their own ranks their power is slipping like sand through fingers. The Crow metaphor was used heavily throughout the entire book. The thieves, common and in power, are picking apart the kingdom in this book as Cersei desperately tries to become the true ruler of the land. Another main plot of this book is searching. Brienne’s search for the Stark girls, Cersei’s search for Tyrion, and my search for my favorite characters…
Most of the plot in this book revolved around Cersei and her scheming and this is probably the main source of disappointment in this book. I just don’t like Cersei. I never have, never will and Martin probably wants it that way. After all he managed to “save” Jamie and changed my opinion of him, but I just can’t see that happening with her. I have hopes that she gets what she so very well deserves in the next book and that is the main reason I really want to dive right in. Damn cliffhangers. Anyway, I was delighted to see that Jamie is starting to see through her shit in this book and may have finally decided to cut her out of his life. Sometimes even though you might love someone you just have to realize they are not in your personal best interest. Hopefully Jamie is able to escape the world of hurt and justice that is coming Cersei’s way. Fingers crossed.
Brienne is probably the character that surprised me the most in this book and I quickly found myself looking forward to her sections. She is really an interesting character and I can not believe how she was left off in this book. I wanted to scream at the end of her last chapter, but instead I googled and was able to calm down. If we had lost her in this book I might have been done…again probably not, but this would have been a much different review. I was also just as frustrated to how the story left off with Arya, she better be in the next book. I was also frustrated to see Petyr Baelish or Littlefinger was still around pulling all kinds of strings. Why can’t we and Sansa just be free of him? He is such a slime-ball that my skin crawls every time he is in the scene. Samwell’s character continues to grow by leaps and bound as does my respect for him. I’m hoping he continues to have an important role in the next book.
Over all it was a good read, as usual the story was slow to start because Martin almost always introduces new characters in the beginning of these books instead of diving into familiar favorites. Takes me a good 100-150 pages to become vested, but now that I know the pattern I’m willing to stick the story out because one thing is always certain, it is going to be one helluva ride and I want to good seat on the sidelines to watch the drama unfold.
My Rating: 4 Stars