[Book Review] A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

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Title: A Feast for Crows

Author: George R. R. Martin

Format/Length: Paperback/852 pages

Publisher/Date Published: Harper Voyager/September 1, 2011

Category/Genre: Adult (or mature teens)/High Fantasy

Source: Bought

Description: The Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne.

The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out, but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to life. The Martells of Dorne and the Starks of Winterfell see vengeance for their dead. Euron Crow’s Eye, as black a pirate as ever raised a sail, returns from the smoking ruins of Valyria to claim the Iron Isles.

From the icy north, where Others threaten the Wall, apprentice Maester Samwell Tarly brings a mysterious babe in arms to the Citadel. As plots, intrigue and battle threaten to engulf Westeros, victory will go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel and the coldest hearts.

NOTE: This review will contain spoilers from the first three novels in the series, but contains no massive spoilers from A Feast for Crows. Consider yourself warned.

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A Feast for Crows: 4/5 stars —

 ★★★★☆

While I will continue to love love love this series — I had similar thoughts about this book that I had toward the second in the series, A Clash of Kings. They were both slower than their previous books, though for this one, I had more reasons other than the slowness of the pace. This novel took off from where A Storm of Swords finished — and my, that book was amazing. No, beyond amazing. Let’s recap some of the main events that happened in A Storm of Swords.

Two explosive wedding, filled with blood, betrayal, and unexpected deaths. The Red Wedding. . . *Bursts into tears* And then there was Joffrey’s Wedding . . . Hah. Won’t shed any tears over that one, I’ll tell ya.

Brienne escorts Jaime back to King’s Landing to trade him for the Stark girls . . . but like everything in these novels, of course it cannot go to plan

Arya travels across the Narrow Sea to Braavos with Jaqen’s coin

And on the Wall, A Storm of Swords leaves the reader hanging in shock

Tyrion escapes King’s Landing after his trial by combat is lost

— Daenerys decides to stay in Meereen to rule

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So they’re only a few of the main points of what happened in the previous novel — but in light of those, you can understand why I was so excited to dive into the next novel. I did like this novel, but it was definitely slower than the last. In addition to this, this book lacked the point of views of both Tyrion and Daenerys Targaryen, who are two of my favourite characters in the entire serious. I definitely missed Tyrion’s dry humour, and Daenerys’s dragons. Because dragons are awesome.

I’ve talked about the negatives of this novel, but I’ve still given it four of five stars. Why? I don’t mean to dwell on the negative things, because essentially I still loved this novel. The writing style is still flawless, the characterization brilliant, and I enjoyed that this novel gave us more of an insight into Cersei’s mind. This is the first novel of the series in which we’ve got to see things through her eyes… I still can’t say I like her any more, but it was interesting. I also enjoyed Samwell — who is one of my favourite characters. Yeah, he’s a bit weak, a bit of a coward — but in his position, would I do any better? Nope, so who am I to judge him? And as always, I enjoyed the point of views of Brienne and Jaime. The addition of some of the character from the Iron Islands were also good. I am especially fond of Asha. (Or, if you watch the show, Yara.)

And as always, I love Arya.

She’s pretty dang badass.

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