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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)
most of the voices are different. made it hard to get through the first 1/3 of the book, but eventually you get used to it.
This installment of the series has a slow burn, but it builds up to some good fireworks. The narrator's voice is grating, and he overdoes the old man voice for too many characters, but still, this is my favorite series.
I know many people take issue with Mr. Dotrice's change in name pronunciation, but I found it relatively easily over looked. His performance is still excellent and he does such an amazing job at providing just the right voice for the characters. Even though there was little mention of my favorite characters, George R. R. Martin makes this entry in the series as interesting and gripping as the others.
I've been a member a lot longer than one year--that is all.
The book itself is very tedious. I hate to say "padding" but spinning and spinning and getting almost nowhere makes it nothing else but.
And with this book, Martin has killed my interest in the series. I waited years to read this book and dragons, hoping that I could read all the series at once. I doubt now I'll read "Dragons" and don't much care if Martin finishes the series or not. Quite frankly, I think the reason Martin's not finished is that he doesn't have a clue as to how to do it.
One more thing--Dotrice does a highly credible job; not great, but not nearly so bad as some reviews suggest, either. The man was closer to ninety years old than eighty when he recorded these last two books, I think, and factoring that he probably rates a five+.
This story of this book was rather captivating, unfortunately the performance was seriously lacking. The narrator frequently changed the pronunciation of character's names, and in some cases changed them completely from the previous books. I found this to be very distracting.
I doubt it, only because I would rather go thru something new.
This story is exceptional, if you have watched the TV show and never went thru one of the books you only have half of the story.
Roy Dotrice was awesome in the first three books and was still great in this one. The voices he used for various characters changed in this book for some reason. He also changed the way he produced several names.
The storyline is great, like all the other Game of Thrones books, but the narrator's performance was quite disappointing. He mispronounced many of the names or changed the way he had been saying them in the previous books, and also changed several of the character voices that he'd previously been using. Very maddening.
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