- Paperback: 864 pages
- Publisher: HarperVoyager; 01 edition (1 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007447868
- ISBN-13: 978-0007447862
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1,677 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Feast for Crows (Reissue) (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4) Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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‘Colossal, staggering… Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world … one of the greats of fantasy literature’
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‘George R.R. Martin is one of our very best writers, and this is one of his very best books’ RAYMOND E. FEIST
‘Such a splendid tale. I read my eyes out – I couldn’t stop till I’d finished and it was dawn’ ANNE MCCAFFREY
‘George Martin is assuredly a new master craftsman in the guild of heroic fantasy’ KATHARINE KERR
‘Few created worlds are as imaginative and diverse’ JANNY WURTS
About the Author
George R.R. Martin is the author of fourteen novels, including five volumes of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, several collections of short stories and numerous screen plays for television drama and feature films. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Let's be honest here, even with the plodding, you do get the hallmarks of GRRM's writing; the razor sharp dialogue and characters littering the pages in a quantity and depth almost unimaginable to comprehend.
That said, there's a story we have invested in here and this book feels sluggish in comparison to all the others. The decision to split by location was a poor one as we really do miss the trinity of Jon, Tyrion and Dany holding all the other threads together.
I am writing this review after a second reading of the book and albeit it does make more sense with the 5th book in mind it stands out as the weak point in the story.
I have always sang the praises of Martin's unabashed realism. He never becomes so attached to a character that he allows it to hinder plot development. Anything can happen, and it often does in "Game of Thrones"; and yet this volume took that brutal character-disconnect to a whole different level.
Without committing the sin of too many spoilers, I will simply say that the body count swiftly rises in "Feast For Crows". The plot is growing more and more complex with every new addition to the series, and for the first time ever there was the tiniest hint of tedium. I usually rush through the book's weighty page-count with a fractious zeal, but this time I found it a bit slower going. I still enjoyed the story, as I am heavily wrapped up in the fate of each character by this point, but the writing seemed less inspired. It seemed as if this was the bit of the tale that needed telling, to get it out of the way and move on. I am hopeful that the next volume with re-awaken that spark of enjoyment inside of me. The story is far from finished. Winter is coming, there be dragons, and I simply must know what happens next!
The plot is less action-packed and seems to focus more on distinct scenes that develop the characters and politics, as those who have power make attempts to solidify their grip on the people and lands they rule. After the first half I stopped reading for about two weeks, and was surprised when I picked the book back up that I'd started to fall for some of the characters I hadn't loved before.
The usual twists and turns fill Martin's narrative, and he manages to surprise and entertain easily with a world that's remarkably deep and realistic. It's really interesting to read a series that is truly based around an ensemble cast and not the typical chosen-one on a quest trope that appears again and again in fantasy novels.
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Fantastic story well narrated by Mr Dotrice. Epically intricate, epically violent fantasy. Love it!
Thanks Mr Martin.