Hugo Award nominee 2006, Locus Award nominee 2006, British Fantasy Award nominee 2006.
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
A Feast for Crows
It seems too good to be true. The war of the Five Kings has finally ground to an uneasy halt, with House Lannister and their allies the apparent victors. But all is still not well in the land...
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.
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.
”Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best... [He] is a tense, surging, insomnia-inflicting plotter and a deft and inexhaustible sketcher of personalities... This is as good a time as any to proclaim him the American Tolkien.” – Time Magazine
”The only fantast series I'd put on a level with J.R.R. Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings… It's a fantasy series for hip, smart people, even those who don't read fantasy… If you're new to the series, you must begin with Book 1, A Game of Thrones. Once you're hooked… you'll be like the rest of us fans, gnawing your knuckles until book 5” – Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press
George Raymond Richard Martin (born 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey), is an American author and screenwriter of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. He majored from Norhwestern University in 1970.
Martin sold his first science fiction story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on various television series and feature films. In the mid ‘90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he’s allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with lovely Parris, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run ... (more)
Written by Bluejay 2007-11-22
It's true that A Feast for Crows misses a tiny bit it's other half, The Dance with Dragons, which haven't yet been published.. But there's nothing wrong with this first part, Martin is The Master. The story is great, the characters get even more interesting. My only critique is that the wait between the books of Song of Ice and Fire is waaaay too long.
Written by Seregil of Rhiminee 2007-10-15
A Feast for Crows is the fourth book of A Song of Ice and Fire. This book isn't quite as good as the three previous books, but it's a great book. As almost everybody knows George R.R. Martin had to split this book into two parts, because if he'd put all the material into this book, it would've been too big to publish. This split is easy to notice, because many important and interesting characters are missing. That's why this book isn't as excellent as the previous books. If you enjoyed reading the three previous books, you should read this book. It's an interesting fantasy book.