A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

  • Title: A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4)
  • Author: George R.R. Martin
  • Publisher: Bantam Books, 2005
  • Pages: 1058
  • ISBN: 9780553582024


So, if you haven’t read the other three books in this series you should be aware that this may be a little spoiler-y for them. And if you want to see my reviews for the other books, here they are:

A Game of Thrones #1A Clash of Kings #2A Storm of Swords #3

Also, a note about the format – so A Feast for Crows and the most recent book, A Dance With Dragons, happen chronologically at the same time. For some stupid reason, George R.R. Martin decided to divide the characters in half between the two books and …. dude, what a bad decision. Because all of the really interesting characters are in the other book, and he added a whole bunch of boring, unnecessary characters in this one.

So, at the start of THIS book, the war for the throne is kind of winding down cause a crapload of people have died. And basically people in this book are still being all plotting and mischevious but it’s honestly just not as interesting as it used to be because GRRM decided to kill off so many of the original people scrambling for the throne.

Anyways, here are the POV’s in this book. There are freaking TWELVE:

  • Pate, the random prologue character that Martin always throws in there.
  • Cersei Lannister: Now acting queen, and basically going batshit crazy because she’s terrified of the Imp.
  • Jaime Lannister: I actually don’t mind the Jaime chapters because he is kind of an interesting character… it’s like he’s becoming a better, smarter person but you don’t quite trust it yet.
  • Brienne: The lady-knight that is on the hunt for Sansa Stark to save her. I like Brienne, but her chapters are seriously too full of “oh Brienne is so ugly and manly looking, what a hideous wench, blah blah blah”. I get it, she’s not a pretty picture.
  • Sansa Stark: Who I still don’t like, and who is still kind of an idiot. Why didn’t GRRM kill her off instead of some of the better Starks?
  • Arya Stark: Who continues in her awesomeness and bad-assery. Although something messed up happens to her near the end of this book and I can’t wait to see what happens to her next. Also, she’s apparently ALSO in A Dance With Dragons, cause GRRM must have realized he needed to put at least one really good character in here.
  • Samwell Tarly: Another character who I kind of like but who is boring to read about because GRRM fills them with “I’m Sam and I’m such a cowardly craven and I like this girl who won’t stop crying and it takes like 600 pages for someone to explain to me why she’s so sad.”
  • Aeron Greyjoy: A priest-like guy who worships the sea and is trying too prevent one of his crappy brothers from taking control of the sea islands where they all live.
  • Asha Greyjoy: Technically should be the next sea ruler because she’s the heir, except she’s a chick and people won’t listen to her. I am REALLY disappointed in how her storyline went. GRRM could have done something great with her and he didn’t… although maybe I’ll be surprised by the time the series ends.
  • Victarion Greyjoy: Aeron’s brother, who like Aeron wants to take their older brother off his high horse and prevent him from destroying their sea lives and stuff.
  • Areo Hotah: Some guard for the Prince of Dorne. Seriously, who cares.
  • Arys Oakheart: A Kingsguard, but again who cares.
  • Arianne Martell: Daughter of the Prince of Dorne, who is okay because she’s all about woman being allowed to rule and inherit and stuff, but she’s also skanky and ehhh, again, I don’t care.

You can really tell that since GRRM decided to split the storyline between two sets of characters, he then had toΒ give POV’sΒ to a lot ofΒ secondary characters. Seriously, over half of the characters above only had one chapter or two, whereas Cersei had like ten chapters.

So, I really like this series but man this book was not good. GRRM really showed that he’s starting to get kind of lazy with the series, and honestly this book was SO MUCH FILLER. Splitting the characters MIGHT have been a good idea if he’s maybe only had like 6 or 7 POV’s in each book – he could have really dedicated his time and energy to the characters that matter. But instead he felt the need to give us a crapload of POV’s whether they were beneficial to the storyline or not, and that made reading this book really tedious. And as I mentioned earlier, he’s killed off so many people at this point and so he feels like he has to introduce new characters to kind of take their place, but it’s too late in the series for all that. I don’t give a crap about the Prince of Dorne, or his guard. They weren’t big players at all in the other books, so why would I want to read about them now? And only for a chapter or two?

After reading this book though, I’m wondering if maybe GRRM is going to end the series with a woman on the throne of Westeros. He seemed to make a big deal out of woman wanting power in this book… although by the end of the book, none of them seem like they are going to get it.

I’m going to try to read A Dance With Dragons within the next month or two, because apparently all my fave characters are hiding in there and because after that I will be all caught up with the series and I can happily wait for the next book to come out.

Sarah Says: 2 stars… maybe combined with ADWD I’ll be able to give them a combined better rating.


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