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A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
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May 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy
Read from December 21, 2011 to January 20, 2012

Since I haven’t been reading these books as they come out, I don’t have the same complaint about A Feast for Crows as many do. The gap in time between my finishing the third in the series and beginning this book was approximately 10 minutes and I will likely begin A Dance with Dragons after I post this review; thus, I don’t have any complaint about the absent characters (Jon, Daenerys, etc.) that those who waited years may rightly proclaim. My issue with A Feast for Crows is that it’s too scatter-brained to be a genuinely great addition to this series. Why, for example, do we need three different characters’ points-of-view from the Iron Islands? I was personally fascinated by Damphair and the detail his character brought to the curious and brutal worship of the Drowned God, but I don’t think he needed his own chapters to do so. (Worse, I see that this expansion of minor characters is continuing into the fifth book with chapters told from 18 different points of view, gah!) It muddles an already troublesome storyline which essentially dwells on most characters simply moving from one place to another.

What saved this book for me was the evolution of Brienne, Jaime, and Samwell whose journeys continue to entertain. As a result, I’m still giving A Feast for Crows 4 stars because being the worst book in a series as marvelous as A Song of Ice and Fire makes it still pretty damn good. But not great.
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12/22/2011 page 23
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01/12/2012 page 680
65.0% "Moving right along...maybe an indication that I want to get through this book rather than savor it."
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