A Feast for Crows (HBO Tie-in Edition) (A Song of Ice and Fire #4)

A Feast for Crows (HBO Tie-in Edition) (A Song of Ice and Fire #4)

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by George R. R. Martin
     
 

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THE BOOK BEHIND THE FOURTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES
 
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK FOUR
 
After centuries of bitter strife, the seven powers dividing the land have beaten one another into an uneasy truce. Few legitimate claims to the Iron Throne still exist, and the war that has

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THE BOOK BEHIND THE FOURTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES
 
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK FOUR
 
After centuries of bitter strife, the seven powers dividing the land have beaten one another into an uneasy truce. Few legitimate claims to the Iron Throne still exist, and the war that has turned the world into little more than a wasteland has finally burned itself out. Or so it appears. For it’s not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters of the Seven Kingdoms gather. Now, 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—emerge from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges of the terrible times ahead. Nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages, are coming together to stake their fortunes . . . and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests—but only a few are the survivors.
 
Praise for George R. R. Martin and A Feast for Crows
 
“The American Tolkien . . . Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, [George R. R. Martin] is by far the best.”Time
 
“Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers.”The New York Times
 
“A fantasy series for hip, smart people, even those who don’t read fantasy.”—Chicago Tribune

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Praise for George R. R. Martin and A Feast for Crows
 
“The American Tolkien . . . Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, [George R. R. Martin] is by far the best.”Time
 
“Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers.”The New York Times
 
“A fantasy series for hip, smart people, even those who don’t read fantasy.”—Chicago Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553390568
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Series:
Song of Ice and Fire Series, #4
Edition description:
Media Tie
Pages:
1104
Sales rank:
203,415
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.70(d)

Meet the Author

George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons—as well as Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven (with Lisa Tuttle), and Dreamsongs Volumes I and II. He is also the creator of The Lands of Ice and Fire, a collection of maps from A Song of Ice and Fire featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts. As a writer-producer, Martin has worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Santa Fe, NM
Date of Birth:
September 20, 1948
Place of Birth:
Bayonne, NJ
Education:
B.S., Northwestern University, 1970; M.S., Northwestern University, 1971
Website:
http://www.georgerrmartin.com

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A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 9 ratings. 2496 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Closing my nook late last night as I had FINALLY finished A Feast for Crows, a strange feeling came over me that I haven't felt with any other installment of this brilliant series: I can't decide though if that feeling was emptiness or mere boredom. It took me almost a month and a half to finish this book, which is very odd to me because I devoured the other three within days of each other. A Feast for Crows had epic promise but it sadly fell flat for me. I didn't care (unlike so many others) that the story centered around the "lesser" of the key characters, actually two of my personal favorites took center stage in this work and I enjoyed their chapters the most. Something was just lacking with the rest of the story sadly, and to be brutally honest the chapters involving side-tracked quests/ takeovers, mini battles revolving around religion, and sub-plots of conquest of the sea became utterly confusing and tedious. I forced myself not to flip past anything though (and I encourage any new reader to do the same), in case I would happen to miss any interesting turn of the growing plot(s) or the non-stop introductions to fresh characters/locations. Unfortunately I still found myself hopelessly muddled and distracted, researching the houses and characters at the back of the book (several times within one chapter), trying to keep some kind of mental tally with the growing alliances and betrayals. I'm still confused to be honest. One more thing I must confess to any potential readers: The action and development of new plots to continue the rest of the series didn't appear until almost the last hundred pages (which was extremely irritating to me). Night after night, I found myself just nibbling at this feast and I hope A Dance with Dragons, followed by "The Winds of Winter" and "A Dream of Spring", once again has me singing the praises this series justly deserves. July 12th is coming!
Yoten More than 1 year ago
This was definitely a departure from the first three books of the series. There is not nearly as much action as their is in A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, and A Storm of Swords. If you come wanting something like its chair-gripping predecessors you will be disappointed. However, if you put aside your ideas of what you think it should be and accept it on its own merits you will be treated to a soul-touchingly beautiful novel. Because Martin chose to split this and A Dance With Dragons geographically rather than chronologically, 3 characters that are often people' favorites are left out: Tyrion, Jon, and Dany. You may dislike not reading about them, but the new viewpoint characters step up to the plate admirably and smash the ball out of the park. Brienne's quest for Sansa is fascinating. Her interactions with her travel companions are very thought-provoking and give you good insight into some people who belong to social circles we haven't seen before; the people she interacts with range from a shady former soldier who is a descendant of a once-great house to a wandering septon to the "smallfolk." She gives you an excellent look at a wider variety of people than we usually get to see in Westeros. Cersei's chapters are also incredible. Her subtle struggle for power with the Tyrells in King's Landing is gripping. Sansa's interactions with Littlefinger are the catalysts for change in her character, and I loved reading her chapters as you see her really wake to the realities of the world. The other new storylines are great as well. The power grab in the Iron Islands, Arya in Braavos, and the Dorne plot are all fantastic reads. The ending to the Dorne storyline sent chills down my spine. Overall, A Feast For Crows is meandering and not very action packed. However, the loss of action is repaid in full by a more comprehensive look at the world Martin has created. You will meet entirely different types of people than in previous books. Immerse yourself in the world and join the characters on their travels and trials. You will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please ignore the negative reviews, which are solely based on the length of time between sequels, and has very little to do with the actual work itself. I can understand the desperation fans feel, these books just draw you in and you don't want it to end, but then it does, most of the time leaving some parts of the story just hanging. Then comes the waiting game. The next book in the series did finally come out this year and it was wonderful... and ALSO NOT FINISHED!! I really hope it doesn't take 6 years for the next (and maybe final) book, but can wait it out as there are many, many books out there to fill the years. So you can get hooked now and wait with the rest of us, or wait until the series is 100% finished to start reading it, but whatever you do, I highly recommend this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first 3 books in this series are very engaging, but this one ... not so much. Way too many words are wasted on lesser characters and confusing plot lines leading in pointless directions. Each chapter seems to end with it's own "mini-cliffhanger", but by the time you get around to the resolution you DON'T CARE. Few of the big cliffhangers from book 3 are even addressed, and none of the ones you really care about. This whole story line could have been covered in about 200 pages. I'm looking forward to some clarity in book 5, but if the reviews are accurate it will be more of the same.
DearReader More than 1 year ago
I don't even LIKE this genre, people! But I'm addicted to this series. I don't know if it's the power politics, the shameless slaughter of favorite characters, the fact that the good guys hardly ever come out ahead. But this was book four, and I couldn't put any of the preceding three down, either. I'm not going to quibble with Mr. Martin about whether the decision to split up the story the way he did was appropriate or not. I haven't seen book 5, so who am I to judge. He's done a great job so far, so I trust him. If you read the first three books and enjoyed them, then dive in and enjoy this one, it won't disappoint you, and you probably will be suprised by some of the developments. If you haven't read the first three books, it makes absolutely no sense to start with this one -- get Game of Thrones and start at the beginning. Why skip over the first three when they are great stories?
skicat More than 1 year ago
Loved the first 3 books. Book 4 was a big disappointment. The majority of the book was filled with useless new characters and places that just made the book confusing. The book lost me a quarter into it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ignore the bad reviews, they are ignorant reviews based on what they wanted the book to be. This book is excellent...yes there isnt as much action as the one before but it is building up the whole landscape of the world being portrayed...i love reading about other characters view points and also Briennes quest to find Sansa. Set your expectations to the side and open your mind...emerse yourself in the world of Westoros and you wont be dissappointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a god awful drudgery. the writing itself was good but it just dragged on and on waiting for something to happen. I won't even buy the last book since a lot of the reviews say its similar. It took me forever to read this book cause i kept falling asleep. The first 3 were so good what a disappointment.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book though my favourite one is the second book. As a fan of the series, I can only recommend it.
Jennifer Harmon More than 1 year ago
but I have been waiting soooo patiently for the last book! really, this is something everyone should read...
fona More than 1 year ago
I have followed this series with relish. The characters are addictive, the story is very well written. I did find this particular book frustrating because of the split with half of the characters in one book and half in the next. What I find most frustrating is that the author not only has not completed the next book in the series (nearly 4 years now), but blatantly critisizes and ignores his fans. One would question why the author offers a website or any opportunity for potential exposure to communication with fans. Great story from a very eccentric, unreliable, and tempermental author. Reconsider starting the series if you have not. Reading it only leads to frustration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Feast for Crows definitely did not live up to expectations. Never have I ever felt the need to kick an author in the crotch while reading a book. The plots centered around Dorne and the Iron Islands are confusing and almost pointless. They were very much short stories just thrown into the book just for the hell of it. In now way do they affect any of the other components of the story. The most frustrating part of these chapters was the fact that G.R.R refused to call these characters by their actual names. I was 6 pages into one called "The Kraken's Daughter" before I realized that it was about Asha Greyjoy. These haphazard titles leave you confused and draw focus from any potentially relevant details. Secondly, every other chapter was about Brienne. She was the only character that I wanted to see die aside from Joffery. Each chapter revolves around her finding some person, them calling her a man, her feeling insecure about her physical appearance, contemplating her own insecurities, asking herself the question "What if I don't find Sansa?", and then going to sleep. Often times I opted to go to sleep, rather than read her chapters. Aside from the plot twist in the last hundred pages her story line is insufferable! With all of that being said, the other characters are make the story worth while. It is amazing how far apart Jamie and Cersei drift in this book. Jaime comes close to filling the absent role of Jon Snow. Granted it misses much of the action of other points in the series, but it is indeed a captivating plot element.  The maturing of Sansa and Arya in this book was also a great element. Overall, this book will not live up to expectations ,but the novels "In a Song of Ice and Fire" are much like pizza. Even the bad ones are still pretty good. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The slow train to nowhere applied the brakes this book. I like the underlying story but do we really need paragraphs long details about every meal every character ate? I swear the series would be 500 pages shorter if he removed those details. I've come to dread "Seeing such and such reminded so and so about this time" Martin uses it constantly it always proceeds paragraphs or pages of pointless back story about some minor character. I found myself skimming over quite a bit of it just to get through it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with others who feel that Martin is dragging out what was a good thing. Though there were moments when I enjoyed myself, I found myself reading only to pray I would eventually know what happens to the characters I loved in the first three books. Shame on you George.
Historienne More than 1 year ago
Whereas A Clash of Kings improved on A Game of Thrones, and A Storm of Swords blew both completely out of the water, A Feast for Crows fell short. It is an excellent book and maintains Martin's reputation for strong fantasy drama played out amongst political schemers, warriors, and outlaws. It just wasn't up to par with its predecessors. Storm is probably one of the best fantasy novels I have ever read, so I was expecting this fourth book in the series to be just as spectacular if not - dare I have hoped?! - even better. It's sad to call it a let-down since it really is well-written and full of everything that makes Martin's novels as epic as they are. It suffered from the painful re-writing that Martin felt was needed, though. I missed the characters who were cut out and couldn't really take as much of an interest in the new POV characters this time around. And Sansa and Arya, who have been two of the most vital main characters until now, were given only a few opportunities to give us an idea of what is happening to them and how they feel about it all. (I'll admit to being a die-hard SanSan fan by this point, so I was heartbroken to read so little of Sansa herself, knowing that she will not have a POV in A Dance with Dragons) I greatly approved of the deeper exploration of Brienne and Jaime's personalities that we get in this book, as well as the inclusion of Cersei's perspective. The first is a character who I bleed and cry for in a similar way to Tyrion, and it is fascinating to see how the greatest swordsman in Westeros deals with his maiming. As for the golden queen we all love to loathe, she provides us with an insider's look at a woman struggling to assert herself in a male-dominated society - something which would normally appeal to modern readers if the character wasn't such a ... well ... witch with a CAPITAL B. I know that some readers find the repetition of certain phrases annoying, but I find it intriguing. Martin is big into providing clues about his characters in place of having them explain themselves at times. He's used objects in the past such as the Hound's bloodied white cloak which Sansa wraps herself in, or symbolic names such as The Viper to give us a hint about Oberyn's fighting style. These repetitive phrases are, I believe, being used in the same way. Brienne is searching for Sansa and the description provided by Catelyn is all she has to go by. It comes not only to symbolize her quest, but also her need to prove herself, repay a debt, and restore the honor of the Kingslayer. Likewise, the mantra of the Imp's parting shot regarding Cersei's faithlessness comes to dominate Jaime's thinking. He learns to mistrust her and the bond they have shared all of their lives - the bond which defined his very existence. As with the previous books we see the evolution of certain key characters, following their trials and tragedies as they progress through the world and the story. No, it wasn't as good as the previous three books, but A Feast for Crows is still an example of the fantasy genre at its best. Bravo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really disappointed. All of the sub plots and main characters are ignored, maimed or killed. After reading thousands of pages in four books, i refuse to spend another minute on this series. A good author could have written this in three books and satisfied readers instead of satisfying his publisher and bank account.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was not so much a story but a lengthy and boring history. This book is merely background for what will come next. I grow tired of a million pointless tales which distract from the main plot and merely confuses readers. After reading 3200 pages at this point i can hardly remember why i started this series in the first place. My advice: skip this book entirely. Reading this series has been like taking a road trip from LA to San Diego and then deciding to make it a scenic route by looping through Kansas. Well off course and boring as dirt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Forget all the good characters from the first 3 books...they're not here. Get ready for lots of new characters and subplots. Slow, slow, slow, and very little action. And, the reviews on the next book say it's even worse. I think the author has decided to spend his retirement years by dragging this series out until he dies and leave it to his heirs to build their retirement with this neverending story about a cast of millions. He'll not get anymore of my time and money, and I wish I could get a refund on this waste of time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I still really enjoy this series but this book was a little slower than others and also it was frustrating not having certain characters pov in this book and having to wait until the next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Feast for Crows is a very enigmatic and promising title for the fourth book in the Song of Fire and Ice series wrote by Mr. George R. R. Martin. While it is the shortest of the series as of yet, it was ended with a word from the author that it was not done intentionally. His grand goal of including all the many characters the readers have grown to love about was not necessarily shortened due to lack of care, only spread out between two novels to give the proper attention to them. The novel is set in a landscape reminiscent of medieval Europe and Britain. Where Royalty sit safely in their castles and keeps. Where Knights in shiny armor are leading the charges mounted on spirited horses and the foot soldiers and archers are formed up in ranks. As this novel comes in, the warfare has started to change. Due to the number of knights and properly trained soldiers dying on the battlefield, or later from their wounds, the lords are forced to start relying on the farmers to man their walls instead of the burnt fields. As more of the leaders are killed or left in the field unsupported by their dead or no caring lords, we see a turn to a guerilla style warfare and the a rise in the number of outlaws who are doing anything they can to survive. While one group of characters are colloquially known as ‘Crows’ due to their clothing and sometimes dishonorable beginnings, the reader is drawn to believe that they will have a large share of the novels pages, that they will be able to start reclaiming their honorable image for defending the country from then native peoples. Another would think the title would be for the winged variety of crows who are multiplying and feasting on the corpses left behind from the warring between the various factions as they try to enforce their claim for rule of the lands. Due to the change in warfare, fewer corpses are being shown the proper courtesies of a burial and are left scattered around the countryside to feed the wild animals. A shrewder look would actually show that the ‘Crows’ are the noble lords and ladies, kings and queens, and those trying to rise in rank who are feasting on the lands, titles and positions left open due to the warring. While the novel fills in the storyline and backgrounds of some of the newer and lesser characters that have been introduced in the previous novels, it leaves the reader hungry to not just hear about the main characters from the first novels, but have now added other favorites to their list of interest as the new characters have jockeyed for a position in their interest. While some readers are worried that the author is losing interest in the complex world he has created over the years, I for one am interested in how the rest of the series plays out.
redhairanomaly More than 1 year ago
I loved how this book was told only by a specific view point by characters that we had not heard from before. Not much more to say, but you will not be dissappointed. Always emotionally gripping, and creative. Can wait till July 12th for the 3th installment!
BigBookWorm More than 1 year ago
Honestly I dont really know what to say anymore besides just repeating the fact that I love this series!! This book continues the story but sticks mainly to the areas and happenings in Kings Landing. If you like the previous three you definitely wont be disappointed.
toniFMAMTC 15 days ago
I still really liked this book. I'm invested in the characters and want to read about them more and more. But, this book is nowhere near as great as the others. Especially the way the last one ended I expected to be blown away by this one. I will definitely continue reading the series though.
Adam_Gentry 28 days ago
The dust begins to settle. Feast of Crows is perhaps the saddest book in the series, as characters struggle to recover from the war. On the battlefield the victors are clearly the Lannisters, along with numerous allies, but now the victors have to rebuild and replenish before the long winter arrives. Feast of Crows is not the longest book in the series, but it can feel that way. In fact it’s literally half the story, with the events of Dance with Dragons occurring simultaneously. The book includes 10 new perspectives, and only 4 old ones; saving Tyrion, Daenerys, and Jon Snow for the next volume. Cersei receives the lion’s share as she sets the stage for her regency, but audiences may find it hard to empathize with someone so arrogant and selfish. Brienne of Tarth continues her quest for the Stark girls, but the audience already knows where they are, leaving us to only wonder how Brienne herself will fair at the end of her journey. The book is full of new perspectives, giving audiences a greater understanding of the Iron Born Greyjoys, and the family Martell from the lands of Dorne, who demonstrate the merit of “staying out of it”. The story is rich with background information about the various places in Westeros and Esos, but the various chapters read more like short stories in an anthology. The book functions as a transition, resolving the aftermath of the previous books and setting the stage for the climactic conclusion in Winds of Winter and Dream of Spring. +Strong Characters +Strong Setting *Fragmented Plot *grim -slow 3/5
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