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A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4 | [George R. R. Martin]

A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

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.
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Publisher's Summary

GAME OF THRONES: A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, NOW ON HBO.

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.

©2007 George R.R. Martin (P)2011 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best.... [He] is a tense, surging, insomnia-inflicting plotter and a deft and inexhaustible sketcher of personalities.... This is as good a time as any to proclaim him the American Tolkien." (Time)

"The only fantast series I'd put on a level with J.R.R. Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings…. It's a fantasy series for hip, smart people, even those who don't read fantasy…. If you're new to the series, you must begin with Book 1, A Game of Thrones. Once you're hooked…. you'll be like the rest of us fans, gnawing your knuckles until book 5” (Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press)

“THE MOST impressive modern fantasy, both in terms of conception and execution, is George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire.… A masterpiece that will be mentioned with the great works of fantasy.” (Contra Costa Times)

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    Jeffery New Orleans, LA, United States 12-25-11
    Jeffery New Orleans, LA, United States 12-25-11
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    "Disappointment"

    The voices of some character are all wrong: Sam and Aria for two. This is super annoying to me. I don't know if I'll make it through this book four. I wish I'd know this, I probably would not have bought it.

    42 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 04-16-14
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2011

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "Shifting sands of characters"

    I liked this character-driven book a lot. Martin is skilled at making those characters you once detested into new favorites and shifting the sands of his rather complicated characters a chapter at a time. I'm not a big fantasy nut, but I've enjoyed 'Game of Thrones' so far. Here is hoping he can continue this course through to a logical conclusion. I think I've got an idea of where he is heading, but I guess we will all see.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 04-14-12
    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 04-14-12 Member Since 2005

    Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.

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    "Love this series,"
    What did you love best about A Feast for Crows?

    This is an amazing epic story that keeps you listening and wanting more and more. The characters are so treacherous it is very exciting to continue to listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are so many characters in this book it can be hard to remember who is who sometimes, and while I like them all in various ways, I think I am most interested in Aria Stark, Tyrion Lanister and as of this last book, Jayme has become all of a sudden interesting. However, Tyrion was absent through much of this book and I am wondering how he will reappear in the last.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Up until this book I would have said this was one of the best narrators I have heard, but all of a sudden he is pronouncing the names differently than he had in the first 3 books (over 120 hours) and it was super annoying. Cat-lynn for books 1-3 and Kate-lynn for this, Pa-tire Balish (1-3) Peter for this, Br-eye-een for the first -third and Brianne for this,


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me so angry and outraged at one point it made me lose sleep! The whole series is like that. The treachery know no bounds and there are wrists and turns everywhere. It is great fun


    Any additional comments?

    I am excited to see how it end, but frankly I don't see how he is going to wrap up all the loose story ends in only 40 hours. There are a lot.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    William Chattanooga, TN, United States 04-09-12
    William Chattanooga, TN, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Lots of talk, little action"
    What did you like best about A Feast for Crows? What did you like least?

    There are some good new characters introduced, but at the same time many of the characters one has come to enjoy appear little.


    What could George R.R. Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    As another reviewer commented, let some of the characters actually achieve something other than stabbing someone in the back. So many of the characters I loved are gone and so much time is spent on characters I really don't care about. this just seems a hodge podge of ideas rather than clear storytelling.


    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Well, the previous three were better in my opinion. as others have noted character voicies have changed. Most notably Aria. She sounds like a gutter snipe, not the daughter of a lord.


    Was A Feast for Crows worth the listening time?

    Only to get to the last book.


    Any additional comments?

    I tremendously enjoyed the first three books. The fourth is talk, talk, talk.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime Clarksville, TN, United States 05-20-12
    Jaime Clarksville, TN, United States 05-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Changes in Voices KILL the Whole Effect!"

    Loved the first 3 books with Dotrice reading them, but just about had to quit listening when Arya and Danni had different voices in this book - agh! They sound like old crones now. Also, the pronunciations are off for several characters which is annoying too. This is the weakest of the series in storyline (too many new people with too many minor tie-ins) but the narrator definitely needs to get back to voicing Arya and Danni like young women, not old hags.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 08-31-12
    Andrew BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2011

    "community college prof"

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    "For a 40+ hour audiobook, very little happens"
    What disappointed you about A Feast for Crows?

    (SPOILER ALERT!)


    Maybe a little disappointment is inevitable, but Book 3 set up so much, and Book 4 delivered on very little of it. There are chapters and chapters of narratives from Sensa and Sam, who are doing...pretty much nothing. There's an interminable boat trip. There is endless scheming in the Vale. We see Cersei elevating the church and obliviously running the kingdom into the ground. Jamie's self-loathing and attempts to make things right gets many chapters. Significant secondary characters in earlier novels are (apparently) killed -- which we've come to expect -- but their deaths occur "offstage" and are related by others very briefly.

    No chapters about Tyrion or whatever happened to him, either. Stannis and his ambitions barely get mentioned. Whatever is going on at the Wall is barely discussed.

    I have to wonder if Martin got his first big royalty check right before writing Book 4, which seems pretty self-indulgent and serious "padded." I just read that HBO is going to divide Book 3 between two seasons of production. I'm pretty sure they could dispense with all of important events in Book 4 in three, maybe four episodes.


    Has A Feast for Crows turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but if Book 5 is as rambling and ennui-inducing as Book 4, my "Song of Fire and Ice" obsession will be over.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The funeral at sea for the maester presided over by Samwell.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A huge disappointment. There's very little dramatic tension in the novel, and almost all of the new characters introduced here are far from compelling.


    Any additional comments?

    I apologize to the other "A Song of Fire and Ice" fans who may strongly disagree with my reaction, but this is my very honest response to the book.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Boulder, CO, United States 06-21-12
    Andrew Boulder, CO, United States 06-21-12
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    "What Happened?"

    When the third book ended everyone who had been anywhere near the wall made it clear that almost nothing else mattered. So how much of this book takes place anywhere near the wall? Almost none.

    Once he sends off Sam and Aemon, John Snow isn't heard of for the rest of the book. Tyrian Lanaster isn't heard from at all. Nor are Stanis or Davos or the red woman. Sansa Stark is slightly less of an airhead, but just as boring. A large part of the book takes place in Dorn, and while some of the new characters are slightly interesting, it's mostly irrelevant. But the biggest problem is Circe Lanaster. About a third of the the book follows her and she spends all of it being a whiny self centered bitch, and worst of all not being very interesting when she does it.

    Jamie does some personal development stuff I won't ruin, Aria does some interesting stuff I won't ruin, Brienne wanders around completely failing to do anything useful, Sam goes sailing, and everybody else plays politics (boringly). That's it. That's the entire plot. That took 31 hours. The last 2 hours had some other interesting stuff happen, but it's not enough to redeem the rest of it.

    And to top it off Roy Dotrice has completely forgotten how he pronounced anything in the first 3 books. The accents are worse if anything, and good luck telling any of the Dornish apart.

    Seriously, what happened? I genuinely want to know. With a decent editor you could get this down to 5 hours without losing anything interesting.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Agiliteve Western New York 12-29-11
    Agiliteve Western New York 12-29-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Depressing!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This story really lags in places and introduces a TON of new characters while completely igoring some of the most interesting characters from the previous books. The author crushes all hope whenever possible and gives the reader nothing, and no one, to cling to. I find myself having no reason to continue to follow the plot. Expect all respectable characters to die a brutal death and all evil or deeply flawed characters to succeed, if only for a short time. All of the characters are severely injured whether it be physical pain or emotional pain, no one is safe! This book is filled with pain, sadness, injustice and detailed descriptions of each.


    What could George R.R. Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Martin could allow a decent character to achieve a goal once in a while. Readers like to relate to the characters and he brutalizes every one of them which makes the reader feel brutalized, hopeless and ultimately DEPRESSED!


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed several characters until Martin savaged them and then killed them off. He really knows how to detach his audience...brutalize or murder their favorite characters. It's easy to let go of the plot when that happens.


    Did A Feast for Crows inspire you to do anything?

    This book inspired me to search for a different author.


    38 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    sue New York Mills, NY, United States 01-04-12
    sue New York Mills, NY, United States 01-04-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Roy, your killing me"
    How could the performance have been better?

    I guess Roy Dotrice must have just completely forgotten how he pronounced half of the characters names in the last three books he read, it's seriously driving me crazy, He's pronouncing Catelyn: Katelyn, Brienne: Bernie, Petyr: Peter, and a whole slew of other inconsistent pronunciations. I literally cringe at every mispronunciation. But besides that the book is fine, I'm only a few hours in but i couldn't take the rampant mispronunciation anymore. I guess all we can do is stick it out and hope Dotrice remembers how to pronounce the names in the remaining books.


    28 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Arlington, MA, United States 12-22-11
    Andrew Arlington, MA, United States 12-22-11
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    "Awesome as usual - but Roy's gone mad"

    I'm only a few hours in, and this book completely lives up to my expectations (based on the previous 3)! Lots of clever humor so far too.

    BUT has Roy Dotrice gone crazy? He's pronouncing the names of a few characters inconsistently! Within the span of 20 minutes, he's pronouncing Catelyn as cat-uh-lin (as in previous readings) and also as kate-lin. And how can he mispronounce Brienne, especially after reading her oft-repeated reply to Jamie "My name is Brienne!"

    I wouldn't dream of listening to this series read by anyone else, but geez - what's going on here, Roy?

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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