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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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    Tedious filler

    This and the second volume Clash of Kings appear to be the filler books in the series. Very long and full of a confusing list of characters, I found this a real slog to get through. The only reason I would call it a page turner is so that you can simply get to the end and get back to the more interesting characters/story in Book Five. While I appreciate his attempts to weave a complex world this book is just overkill. To be honest a pretty forgettable 10 hours or so of your life!

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    Good

    I liked it but it seemed a little boring compared to the previous books. Some parts were a little drawn out.

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    Not my favourite in the series ...

    ... but let's be honest, if you've read the first three you're going to read it anyway. I don't fault GRRM for anything here, I think it's a necessary lull in the action, especially after the events of Book 3. All I'm saying is that it's a bit slow.

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    Feast for crows

    Longest speed bump in the series, glad that's over. Don't expect any excitement here, just drawn out character development. I will still read the fifth though.

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    A storm of crows

    Disappointing, falls short of the first books in the series.

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