Thursday, 17 November 2011

A Feast of Crows, George R. R. Martin

Publishers: Voyager

Pages: 976 (Paperback 2011)

Main Characters:

Cersi, Jaime, Araya, Sansa, Brienne,

This is the fourth book of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. A Feast for Crows is mostly set around the Lannisters and their attempts to secure the throne for their King, Tommen. The book follows Cersi as she tries to stamp her authority as Queen Regent and show everyone that she is Tywin Lannisters daughter. The story also follows Jaime as he travels around Westeros trying to mop up the remaining strongholds still loyal to House Stark. It also tells the tale of how Jaime comes to terms with losing is sword hand, as well as him trying to show that he is Tywin Lannisters son. Other tales that are in the book include Brienne’s, as she is set a quest by Jaime Lannister to find Sansa Stark. Whilst also finding out what happens to Sansa after the death of King Joffrey. We are kept up to date with Araya, as she becomes a servant to the God of many faces in Bravos.

For me this was my least favourite book of the series. As Martin says in his acknowledgements, it was a ‘bitch’ to right, and I thought it was a ‘bitch’ to read.  After Blood and Gold I thought that this book was abit of a let-down. I wanted to know what had happened to Tyrion and how Catelyn had been brought back into the story. I wanted to know how was Daenerys going to minister her new Kingdom and how would Jon control the Nights Watch? This book does not answer any of these questions. Instead it focuses on the Lannisters and their attempts to regain power. I think a lot of the content in this book did need to addressed, so that we understood how the realm was been run after Joffrey’s death. But I just thought that that’s all the entire book seemed to be about. If Martin had answered one of the questions I wanted answering, I would have thought this book was much better. However, it seems that from out of nowhere there is a great ending. It took me totally un-aware and made the last one hundred pages much easier to read. This did make the book a little bit better because it was such a shock.
Again like all the books in the series the detail is brilliant, especially Martin’s description towards the religion in Westeros. All in all, the book was ok. Most of the content did need to be addressed at some point but I wish it didn’t all come in this one book. The ending though is great so you should defiantly read it.
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