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

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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...more
Mass Market Paperback, 976 pages
Published October 2006 by Bantam (first published October 17th 2005)
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Joel
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mark monday
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...more
Matt
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...more
Justin
Aug 20, 2008 Justin rated it 2 of 5 stars
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...more
Kelly
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...more
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...more
Kim
Aug 31, 2008 Kim rated it 2 of 5 stars
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...more
Madeline
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...more
Collin
Feb 29, 2008 Collin rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Ryan
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...more
Netts
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
Dan Schwent
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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...more
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...more
Melissa Rudder
May 14, 2011 Melissa Rudder rated it 4 of 5 stars
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 ess...more
Guy
Simply put, the entire Song of Ice and Fire series is my favorite (topping even my beloved Gaiman). I fell in love with the series and I obsess about it in the way that some people obsess about Tolkein or Harry Potter.

In my mind, it's the best epic fantasy since Tolkein. Like Tolkein, Martin creates a real world with an extensive history filled with its own languages and cultures and songs. Tolkein's world is high fantasy with elves and magic and even the main characters aren't human. Martin's...more
Jessi
So apparently if you have written a successful series for your 4th installment you can write about a quater of the characters introduce useless and somewhat annoying characters and be unclear about several peoples fate as if it means nothing at all.

Really..I say again REALLY?

I love the way George R R Martin tells a story but I am calling you out a wee bit on this one. Were there no editors involved in this book? In example about 75 pages were based in Dorne Re: the Viper prince's daughters.
Watc...more
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
Ben Babcock
N.B.: As always, this review does not contain spoilers for this book, but there are significant spoilers for previous books in the series.

All right, I am going to swim against the tide here and come out in unabashed admiration for A Feast for Crows. This book has had to bear an incredible burden: not only has it been "the most recent book" in the Song of Ice and Fire series for six years, but it is infamously "half a book" in the sense that it only follows roughly half of the series' main charac...more
Thomas
At this point I've learned that George R.R. Martin writes in waves. Even though this probably isn't how real science works, I visualize his plot structure as a giant tsunami: he adds little oscillatory currents that contribute to a huge tidal wave, which eventually crashes down and drowns us all in the most beautiful and devastating way. Though this might sound like how all books function - with a rising action leading up to a climax - Martin spends so much time developing and honing the rising...more
Keith
"As a child I looked up to my grandfather. I loved visiting him at his house in the country, spending a weekend during summer helping him with the yard and the chickens, and in return he would cook up a grand feast and tell me stories of his adventurous youth. As I nibbled on a piping hot lemoncake he would tell me about his days in the military. He flew fighter jets, even as technology was moving towards drones. The last generation of sky cowboys. He was proud of his exploits, even though he tr...more
Dustin

It truly kills me to give GRRM anything less than four stars, but I'm only being honest. It's the only way I can be.


And it isn't as if I hated Feast, because I didn't. There's a lot that I loved about it, actually. For instance, the further development of those characters we both adore and despise. Martin has always done this exceptionally well. With individuals such as Cersei, Jaime and Brienne (especially Cersei,) I gained much understanding into the events which helped mold them into who th...more
Clouds
WOW. Just wow.
I'm flabbergasted some fans gave A Feast for Crows less than five stars.

None of the 'big' characters are included here, (that's not a spoiler) - their tales will be picked up in A Dance with Dragons - but what we are given here is every bit as good as the preceding books.

Whenever I closed the book, the story kept running in my head.

My favourite chapters were focused on Arya and Brienne - along with Cersei the girls very much dominate this instalment. But Cersei... every chapter...more
Penny
The pace was slower than that of book three, but A Storm of Swords was insane! There was no way to keep up that kind of pace and I was glad that things slowed down a bit.

Most people already know that books 4 and 5 are set concurrently so we only get to see what's going on with some of the characters we've come to love or hate. I'd heard a number of people complain that A Feast for Crows wasn't great because it didn't have some of the best characters. I know this is likely to be a personal prefe...more
Rad Ryan
3.5 STARS!

I slept with words swirling in my head. I woke up in the morning because words are spinning in my unconscious mind. I don't know what's happening to me. When I close my eyes, suddenly paragraphs are reeling but they doesn't make sense. It's like uttering sentences on and on without anything in it. Gods. Did the series made it to me? Or just this book? Because of the characters telling the tale?

I was uncomfortable at first, A Storm of Swords left the story with fire, hot and ablaze. A...more
Joyzi
Nov 04, 2011 Joyzi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: very patient readers
Recommended to Joyzi by: goodreads
It is known that I love love love George Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and also the TV Series Games of Thrones. And I'm reading the books non-stop from book 1 up to the latest one A Dance with the Dragons. And I already gave 5 stars for book 1, 2 and 3 and I absolutely love A Storm of Swords...

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But, why oh why only 3 stars for the fourth book?

So if you happen to notice the fourth book of the series got a lot of negative reviews and a lot of the fans dislike it. And in my perspective you rea...more
Kate F
I started reading this series when watching the recent HBO series and I loved the first three books - could hardly put them down in fact - and then I got to this one and the momentum faltered. I'm not sure what has happened -is it a glut of fiction when I normally read mainly non-fiction, is it too much of a good thing all in one go or is it an author that has perhaps lost his way? Perhaps it's a little of all three. Whatever it is, I struggled to get through this book in parts. I feel that some...more
Kevin Xu
the only reason that I gave this book four stars, not five was because this book is only half a book, not a full book
Jonathan

A Feast for Crows is an apt title for a book man fans view as a piece of carrion in a brilliant series. However, I personally found it to be a more readable and interesting book than A Clash of Kings (which, as previously expressed, I found to be a dragging, commercialised novel).

It seems that perhaps most of the disappointment regarding A Feast for Crows stems from the change in direction that G.R.R Martin takes from the brilliant previous novel. In fact this entire novel features no Tyrion or...more
Kaelie
Cheap mass-market edition with ugly font and crooked letters and irregular margins and this is only half a book and some of my favorite characters are missing and I cannot put this book DOWN . . .
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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,...more
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