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A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4)

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Bloodthirsty, treacherous and cunning, the Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne in the name of the boy-king Tommen. But fear and deceit are in the air: their enemies are poised to strike. The Martells of Dorne seek vengeance for their dead, and the heir of King Balon of the Iron Isles is as black a pirate as ever raised a sail.
Hardcover, 847 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Voyager (first published October 17th 2005)
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Naz Gurler
Mummer is kind of an entertainer/actor. They travel in groups to entertain and perform shows.

People in Westeros believe that the god has seven…more

Mummer is kind of an entertainer/actor. They travel in groups to entertain and perform shows.

People in Westeros believe that the god has seven aspects and Stranger is one of the seven aspects of the god according to the "Faith of Seven". People worship it rarely since it is related to death and believed to lead the dead to wherever they go after death.

Silent sisters are kind of undertakers and are sworn to the service of Stranger. They kinda deliver the dead to Stranger.(less)
Fernando Acosta These books are easier if you start from the very beginning. There are a lot of new characters, some relevant, some not at all.
The chapters dealing…more
These books are easier if you start from the very beginning. There are a lot of new characters, some relevant, some not at all.
The chapters dealing with the ironborn and subsequent "kingsmoot" are a bit of a drag, and so are the some of the chapters placed in Dorne.
I would suggest taking a breather for a while from the book and when you restart, begin from the beginning of the chapter.
Also there are comprenhensive guides on the internet (A song of ice and fire wikis all around) that give detailed chapter to chapter summaries and character bios so that you find your way.
Hope it helps.
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A highborn maid of three-and-ten, with a fair face and auburn hair. A highborn maid of three-and-ten, with a fair face and auburn hair. A highborn maid of three-and-ten, with a fair face and auburn hair. A highborn maid of three-and-ten, with a fair face and auburn hair. A highborn maid of three-and-ten, with a fair face and auburn hair. A highborn maid of three-and-ten, with a fair face and auburn hair. A highborn maid of three-and-ten, with a fair face and auburn hair. (A highborn maid of thre ...more
mark monday
Sep 24, 2011 mark monday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastickal
Behold: the Ugly Stepchild of A Song of Ice and Fire!
Behold: the Readers of A Feast for Crows: Angry, Sullen, Vengeful!


silly readers. i'm not sure i've ever read such a collection of resentful reviews for one book. one reviewer just decided to repeat the same phrase over and over and over again (sorry Joel, had to say it). another decided to note that "...kids are inherently boring. Kids aren’t clever..." er, wtf?

sigh. i suppose i can understand the backlash. Martin took a long-assed time to
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Matt
Apr 26, 2016 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The context here is everything.

A Song of Ice and Fire began with the publication of A Game of Thrones in 1996. Thrones introduced us to the land of Westeros, a continent the size of South America but suspiciously similar to medieval England. We followed a handful of characters representing various factions of the Seven Kingdoms, squabbling for the right to sit upon the Iron Throne. Its grittiness, tactility, fully-realized characters, and high stakes (a major character loses a head) gave it a c
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Justin
Aug 20, 2008 Justin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who really, really like the first three books in the series.
Shelves: fantasy
I'm not quite sure what happened, here.

As others have mentioned, Martin slows the pace of the story down considerably in this fourth installment of A Song of Ice and Fire, ostensibly writing this as the first half of a two-book volume, with a 3-5 year production time on each. As such, the book is by necessity filled with unresolved storylines, AWOL main characters, and lengthy travelogues where nothing of importance happens. Of course, this draws the inevitable comparisons to another famous fant
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Kelly
May 09, 2008 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dear George,

How do you do this lovely May morning? I'm terribly sorry to bother you, but I really did think that I must in good conscience warn you of this problem I have. You see, I know many people who read these books and absolutely adore them. Legions of fans. I'm sure you know that. Really, the books are quite high quality and quite enjoyable and whatever you need to do to get them to stay at that quality, please do it.

... within reason. It has come to our (the masses') attention that perha
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Madeline
Jun 27, 2012 Madeline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Hey everyone, George RR Martin here. I thought I'd take some time off from planning my intricate and complex storylines (spoiler alert: everyone has sex with everyone and then kills each other) to introduce A Feast for Crows, the long-awaited fourth installment in my epic fantasy series! You guys are in for a treat, this one is awesome.

So the last book was quite a ride, huh? There was that craziness that was the Weddings of Death, Tyrion killed his father, , Jon Snow finally got cool and is now
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Raeleen Lemay
Mar 22, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This book definitely wasn't quite as eventful as the previous books in the traditional sense. There weren't any huge battle sequences or weddings filled with bloodshed, but rather a lot of plotting.

This book contained two of my favorite characters, Arya and Sansa, but there weren't enough chapters about them to satisfy me. This one mainly followed Cersei and Jaime, along with quite a few side characters who we didn't see much of in the first three books.

I'm really interested to see what happens
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StoryTellerShannon
Whew, this is a tough book to review simply because it doesn't follow on the expectations of the readers after A STORM OF SWORDS.

Now some people are already saying that the book is horrible and a great letdown and others go to the other extreme and hold faithfully that it's just as good as the previous books.

I don't feel either take is fair or accurate.

To be fair, yes, the book doesn't move like the previous books, especially a STORM OF SWORDS. There are simply not the same level of WHAM BAM
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Candace
Although this epic fantasy has me captivated, I have to say that 'A Feast for Crows' didn't hold as much appeal for me as the earlier books. That being said, it is still an extremely well-written story. I have no doubt that the new characters, places and events will serve to further the plot.

While hearing Cersei's viewpoint was somewhat enlightening, it got tiresome. Cersei is as cold and cruel as Joffrey was. Being "stuck" in her mind was torture. She was constantly scheming and manipulating. H
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Kim
Aug 31, 2008 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with lots of time or patience
Shelves: fantasy


George R. R. Martin is a blowhard.


I mean that with respect, I suppose. I guess any author that got me to read over 2400 pages of his writing garners some respect, right? A smattering, maybe? I don’t know, maybe it’s because I was raised Catholic, or maybe it’s my sense of follow through or maybe just the fact that I’ve invested so much time in this damn series… whatever. I’m here, I’ve finished book #4. Yay.



Okay, so the reason I’m grumpy is that it took me 480 pages to get into this. Which left
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Netts
Nov 30, 2013 Netts rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Are you kidding me? This volume should have been called A Test of Patience. Where do I even start? First, there is a conspicuous dearth of crows (as in Nightwatch or anything at or beyond the Wall). There is also little feasting but by now I've grown beyond tired of Martin's medieval menu descriptions so that's a relief. Curious about Jon Snow and The Others? Bran and that three-eyed crow? Tyrion's escape? The dragons!? Well, forget it. They don't make a single appearance. Instead we get to trud ...more
Collin
Feb 29, 2008 Collin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Completists
Shelves: fantasysci-fi
I feel like giving this book 3 stars is being harsh to my man, George Martin, but I'm trying to separate the truly great books in this series from the merely good ones.

Bottom line: fans of the series waited too long for this and therefore were in a position of being impossible to please once this finally came out. This coupled with the facts that numerous spoiler chapters had been available online for years and that George cut his original manuscript in 2 to produce this and the subsequent (as o
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Ryan
Mar 31, 2008 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fully prepared to be disappointed by this book, for several reasons. First of all, the last book, A Storm Of Swords, ended with a very large cliffhanger and I knew that it was a cliffhanger that wasn't going to be fully explained/explored in this volume.

Additionally, I knew that in general the story was not going to feature the characters that I was most interested in (namely Daenerys, Theon, Tyrion, and especially the whole issue of Jon and the Night Watch). That being said, the volume wa
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Laz
Mar 31, 2015 Laz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: epic/high fantasy lovers
“History is a wheel, for the nature of man is fundamentally unchanging. What has happened before will perforce happen again.”


I think this may be my favorite novel in the series. Not because it was the best but because I felt so connected to the story, more than I have ever felt before while reading this series. And while I can admit that the plot was poorer in comparison with its predecessors and there weren't all of the characters we've grown accustomed to reading about, I still feel like Mr.
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Bookworm Sean
There’s only one problem with this book, and that’s the point of view characters. As a reader I’ve grown somewhat used to things like this:

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So, when I'm just given things like this instead it’s bound to disappoint:

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There are massive pacing issues with the most recent (ha! that’s a joke) two books of the series, and I mean massive. There’s a whole lot of nothing in this one. Cersei’s chapters are excruciating to read. That’s not surprising considering she is probably the least likable of character
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Jason Koivu
I know "winter is coming," but this book honestly felt more like a Spring clean.

A story of such lengths as the epic A Song of Ice and Fire has to have down time and much of A Feast for Crows is down time. George R.R. Martin ties up loose ends, sets up new story lines and essentially does administrative style organization in an attempt to keep his mammoth machine rolling. He does it admirably, and yet it can't help but lack the pep, surprise and all around thrill of his previous three books.

In h
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Rohisa
Jun 23, 2016 Rohisa is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Re-reading on page 330 of
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Oh my goodness, GRRM and his love for describing food, cloths and every damn object in a particular scene. And the endless meandering. CUT IT OFF. How did I not notice it the first time around? Here it is, my "homage" to GRRM.

I awoke at dawn. To break my fast, I dined on goose eggs infused with Tyroshian peppers, wild boar bacon, and a heel of black bread with honey, along with a bowl of lard. I had some ale to wash it down. I wore a crushed velvet gown with black l
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Dan Schwent
May 11, 2015 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Becky
This book was fantastic.

These books are so amazingly good. I love them. I can't wait until after I read A Dance with Dragons. Then I can join the hordes of people standing outside GRRM's house, looking at their watches and tapping their feet impatiently while they wait for the 6th book in the series. I haven't experienced that wait yet. I will be one of you soon... Squeee!

Anyway... so, A Feast for Crows. I was talking about the awesomeness. So here are some things, in random order, that I foun
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Evan Leach
A Feast for Crows, book four of the stellar Song of Ice and Fire saga, is widely maligned as the runt of the series to date:

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This is partly because of the strange circumstances surrounding the book’s publication. Martin cranked out books two and three in just under two years, from February, 1999 to November, 2000. But then trouble arose. Book four grew bigger and bigger. Years passed. As the book approached 2,000 pages, Martin realized the book had to split in two. But how to do so? Instead of ju
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
By now you all know I’m reading the box set and not giving a real review until I’m done with the hole batch and yada, yada, yada. That being restated, in place of a review (which would be all: “Why do people not like this one? I mean, yeah, book 3 was nearly impossible to beat, but this one was damn solid writing. Not to mention, how many authors can start a freaking remodel of a series and make it work like this? Also, who would have ever thought I would love a Lannister? And rantrantrantrantr ...more
Mohammed Arabey
Jan 07, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

طيب ,خلصت الجزء الثالث 10 مايو 2015
وقبله الأولو الثاني

وفي ليلة 10 مايو 2014 كنت قررت أبدأ في الرابع
الجو كان به رياح وغائما بعض الأيام منذ أعياد الربيع أثناء قراءتي للأجزاء الماضية حتي شعرت وكأنها لعنة "أغنية الجليد والنار" والشتاء الطويل ,تلك الظاهرة بهذا العالم الغريب
أما أن تصيب الأسكندرية فجر 11 مايو 2015 عاصفة رعدية وبرق في سماءها لأول مرة في هذا الوقت تقريبا منذ عشر سنوات..وهذا بمجرد كتابتي تعليق اني قررت البدء في الجزء الرابع غدا بعد أن كنت مقررا قراءته لاحقا في الخريف ان شاء الله

حسنا..الش
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Amy (shoutame)
Apr 21, 2016 Amy (shoutame) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
I'm loving this series so much, I'm truly going to be sad when it ends!

This is the fourth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. I wouldn't say I loved this one as much as the second half of A Storm of Swords but it was an enjoyable read. We follow six of the main storylines in this one; Cersei and Jaime Lannister, Arya and Sansa Stark, Brienne of Tarth and finally, Samwell Tarly. Alongside these characters are a couple of chapters following the pursuits of the Iron Isl
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Selene
Jun 25, 2016 Selene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've decided to read the fourth book A Feast for Crows and the fifth book A Dance with Dragons chronologically rather than in publication order.
Roya


(Bitching rant below. Avoid if you hate that sort of thing I guess. Do what you want though. I'm not your mom.)

When I began this book last month, I was surprised to see that none of the chapters focused on my favourite characters. Most of the POV characters were secondary characters or I hadn't heard of them before. It still seemed exciting, so I tried to look forward to the change. The previous book was the best in the series for me. Why couldn't this one be better?

I'll start off by saying that
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Karen
Jul 26, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 STARS


I'm not going to write a long review on this one. Just know that I am deeply involved in the story. Fabulously creative writing. Happy about a few turn of events, deeply troubled by others, and utterly shocked by a few as well. Needless to say I must finish the series. I do love the fact that the books differ from the HBO series. Can't even imaging what's coming...
Well, other than winter. On to book 5!
Cait (Paper Fury)
AGH I'M SO TORN WHAT TO RATE THIS. Honestly it's probably 3.5. There was so much boredom and annoyance and grinding of teeth and I felt, as a whole, the book didn't feel complete. Apparently this and A Dance with Dragons were all ONE book? But it got split into two? (Thank the bookish gods.) But I still firmly believe that every and any book should feel like a completely book in itself. A Feast of Crows felt like a filler.

Also it ditched ALL my favourite narrators!! THEY'RE NOT DEAD just...not
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Melissa Rudder
May 14, 2011 Melissa Rudder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa by: Steve
George R. R. Martin's A Feast for Crows (of the Song of Fire and Ice series) suffers from MBSS, or Middle Book in a Series Syndrome. It lacks the addictive excitement and intrigue necessary for early books and the catastrophes and closures I'm looking forward to from later books. It's just a link in the chain. My initial response to it reminds me of my initial response to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix . I trust in the vision of the author and am certain the book is es ...more
Aj the Ravenous Reader
The title obviously foreshadows the theme of this book, that is death- so many dead bodies for crows to feast on- dead who are dead and dead who are still alive??? Nevertheless, this sequel powerfully demands readers' attention because of course, anyone who's read the prequel of this book will NEED to read this. So even if Mr. Martin slacked off when he wrote this book, this would still have been a bestseller but, that is not the case. The author doesn't have it in him to write carelessly any bo ...more
Kai
May 10, 2016 Kai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
“Words are like arrows. Once loosed, you cannot call them back.”

This took me - compared to it's predecessors - "only" a month to read. As always, there were chapters that I enjoyed more than others. Sometimes so intruiging I did not want to stop reading, other times I wondered why in seven hells someone would bother wasting their time writing such pointless words.

Here's the list of POV's from most to least liked:

Cersei
Sansa
Arya
Jamie
Samwell
Arianne Martell
Aeron Greyjoy
Asha Greyjoy
Areo Hotah
Arys Oa
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George R. R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,
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A Song of Ice and Fire (7 books)
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“Needle was Robb and Bran and Rickon, her mother and her father, even Sansa. Needle was Winterfell's grey walls, and the laughter of its people. Needle was the summer snows, Old Nan's stories, the heart tree with its red leaves and scary face, the warm earthy smell of the glass gardens, the sound of the north wind rattling the shutters of her room. Needle was Jon Snow's smile. He used to mess my hair and call me "little sister," she remembered, and suddenly there were tears in her eyes.” 435 likes
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