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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.
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"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)
Previous books in this series pronounced Catlin Starke as Cat*kin. This book her name was pronounced Kate*kin. Likewise previous books pronounced Petar Baylish as Pe*tar. This book his name was pronounced Pee*tee. Very annoying! Makes one feel the cast of characters changed without introduction. The Editor should have caught this during production before releasing.
as with all GoT books so far I am entranced by them. they are brilliant.
what is up with this guy? he can't keep his accents for the characters strait. Also can't keep the pronunciation of their names straight. Is he getting to old or something?
I felt like this book did not progress the story very good. Viewing this series as a chess match, it was almost like there were a few pieces on the board and one player was evading all their pieces and the other player was full out offense that could never catch another piece or do anything really.
I feel like if you're going to write a book, progress. Add secrets, make the story fulfilling and add to your own world. I just feel like this was almost and insult to this world.
More hope and far less gore. This book has mega-gore that does not add to the story. Also Marten should stop adding characters and have the story (stories) go somewhere.
Roy Dotrice is a truly great reader, I can see the various characters as he reads.
I'm looking forward to seeing what happens to the main characters.
This is the dullest of the books, but necessary. It's worth powering through and getting to the next book.
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