A Feast For Crows by George R. R. Martin

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30 Critic Reviews

Nevertheless, in the end I find A Feast for Crows unsatisfying. The problem is that Martin seems to have lost control of his own story.
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Synopsis

THE BOOK BEHIND THE FOURTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES

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. 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.

It is a time when the wise and the ambitious, the deceitful and the strong will acquire the skills, the power, and the magic to survive the stark and terrible times that lie before them. It is a time for nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages to come together and stake their fortunes . . . and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests—but only a few are the survivors.


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About George R. R. Martin

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GEORGE R. R. MARTIN's Song of Ice and Fire series, beginning with A Game of Thrones (Bantam, 1996), are among the top-selling fantasy novels of this generation and is now an HBO series that will began airing in 2011. He lives in New Mexico.
 
Published January 1, 2006 by Bantam. 704 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Biographies & Memoirs, Romance, Science & Math. Fiction
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Critic reviews for A Feast For Crows
All: 30 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 12

Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Lisa Westerfield on Aug 23 2011

if you are feeling a time crunch, this would definitely be the book to skip, maybe checking out the Wikipedia entry on it to fill you in.

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Tor

Excellent
Reviewed by Jo Walton on Sep 17 2009

And even with everything that does feel unsatisfactory...I still couldn’t put it down, and I still dreamed about it every night...

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Chamber Four

Below average
Reviewed by Arthur McCulloch on May 17 2012

“Disappointing” best summarizes the fourth installment in A Song of Ice and Fire.

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Best Fantasy Books

Below average
Reviewed by Alyse G. on Jul 30 2011

The war seems to be at a standstill and thus so is the plot...somehow, upon completion, you can’t help but wonder if it was a mistake.

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Nicki on Aug 19 2011

All of that stalling and slow plot lines...is what makes the author’s note re: the splitting of A Feast For Crows and A Dance with Dragons really chafe.

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The Literary Omnivore

Good
Reviewed by Clare McBride on Apr 02 2012

A Feast for Crows, despite its lack of narrative structure, continues the trend of the series—Martin’s keen, heartbreaking characterization, incredible eye for detail...

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SF Reviews

Good

But readers who have managed to avoid building up unrealistic expectations will find that Martin has brought his story to a necessary, believable, and appropriate pass.

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Eagle

Below average
Reviewed by Russ Albery on Sep 12 2006

I think it suffered badly from its separation from its other half, not just due to lack of emotional counterbalancing, but also because I think it outgrew its own skeleton.

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Bite the Book

Good
Reviewed by Jon Page on Jan 05 2012

Martin has made me not only feel sorry for some of the series vile characters but now even like them...To establish a character as a true villain only to slowly turn you around is quite a feat.

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Simply Books

Good
Reviewed by Megan on May 17 2012

I liked it and still think this series can be shorter.

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King of the Nerds!!!

Good
Reviewed by Mike on Jul 27 2011

...I’ve come to appreciate many, if not all, of the different characters... Martin doesn’t always flex his descriptive muscles but the appearance of the Titan of Braavos is near pitch perfect...

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The Wertzone

Good
Reviewed by Adam Whitehead on Feb 09 2010

A Feast for Crows is also the most thematically tight novel in the sequence. This book is about the aftermath of the grand conflict in the first three books...

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Awesome Sauce Book Club

Good
Reviewed by Amber R. on May 23 2012

I powered through though and I'm glad that I did.

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Cannonball Read IV

Good
Apr 06 2012

I still thoroughly enjoyed the novel...Good read and the series as a whole is recommended.

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Speculiction

Good
Reviewed by Jesse

Characterization does remain the strongpoint—as it undoubtedly will until the end of the series—and for that the book remains interesting and readable.

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Pat's Fantasy Hotlist

Below average
Reviewed by Patrick on May 04 2011

The odd choice of POVs and an uneven pace will always relegate the book behind the first three installments.

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All-Consuming Media

Good
Reviewed by Tiger Holland on Oct 31 2011

All told, this was still an engrossing read...

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Selections from My Tower of Shame

Below average
May 20 2012

What a disappointment!...the story now seems to be stuck in the mud and isn’t really moving anywhere.

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Fantastic Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Aaron Hughes on Jan 01 2006

Nevertheless, in the end I find A Feast for Crows unsatisfying. The problem is that Martin seems to have lost control of his own story.

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Creative Writing for Entertainment

Good

The writing and pacing are still first-rate, with the dilemmas facing several characters warranting following along...

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Foseti

Below average
Reviewed by Foseti on Apr 06 2012

His decision to split the work by location failed pretty badly...and breaks up the continuous narrative that Martin had amazingly managed to maintain for three previous books.

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Shiny Book Review

Below average
Reviewed by Barb on Oct 13 2011

But in every other respect, this novel feels incomplete, or worse, unbalanced; it definitely does not stand up to the standard Martin himself set with the previous three books.

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k(atty) at law

Below average
Jun 30 2011

The thing is, the series has expanded too much.

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The Book Base Blog

Good
Reviewed by James on Aug 03 2011

...I quite liked the way that other characters came to the fore and were given more space and attention. George R. R. Martin’s writing is always vivid and easy to read...

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Jeff the Zombie Blog

Good
Reviewed by Jeff

A Feast for Crows is still a damned good book...Both arcs are surprisingly satisfying.

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La Petite Lydia

Good
Reviewed by Lydia on Feb 04 2012

I'll be straight up and honest, it isn't my favorite in the series. But, that being said, it is still an amazing book.

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Hulk Read a Book

Below average
Jul 11 2011

...A Feast for Crows not only one of "worst" books Hulk ever read, it most definitely the least satisfying.

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Riverwords

Good
Reviewed by Matt on Mar 30 2011

All told, the chapters do indeed build to a compelling ending, though some are whopping cliff hangers.

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The Caffeinated Symposium

Good
Reviewed by Dave Cesarano on Mar 07 2011

This book is nowhere near as sluggish and filler-laden as it is reputed to be. Its only in comparison to the previous volumes that A Feast for Crows really seems to be lacking anything.

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Science & Fiction

Good

I think this book serves an important purpose. It details the wanderings of lost, confused and injured people struggling to find allies and family during a lull in the war.

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