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A Feast for Crows: A Song Of Ice And Fire: Book Four

by George R.r. Martin

Random House Publishing Group | September 26, 2006 | Mass Market Paperbound

4 of 6 in the series
A Feast for Crows: A Song Of Ice And Fire: Book Four is rated 3.75 out of 5 by 12.
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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 1104 pages, 6.85 × 4.2 × 1.51 in

Published: September 26, 2006

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 055358202X

ISBN - 13: 9780553582024

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still good I really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Martin's first flounder We all know the author had massive troubles with this fourth and later on fifth instalment. This book should never have been written. POV characters no one cares to read first hand are in this book. No one cares about Aeron Damphair. No one cares about Brienne. No one cares about Asha. No one cares about Victarion. No one cares about Areo Hotah. Cersei's chapters are a chore to get through. Jaime's are ok if you can stomach the amount of garbage you have to wade through. This feels like it was written by a ghost writer. Where the inspiration of the previous books?! Yes it is setting up the plot of the remainder of the series so we need new characters but we just don't care about them enough. Give us Tyrion, Dany, Jon and Bran. Do yourself a favour and skip this and just read A Dance With Dragons after A Storm of Swords. Read the summary for this book.
Date published: 2013-08-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from WHY EVEN HAVE THIS BOOK I bought the 4 book package, and enjoyed the first 3 books. The 4th book was of no relevancy. When I got to page 977 it stated "hey, wait a minute!'. I did not forget to write about the other characters. The author felt he should do it in 2 book. To be continued. Well I felt this was a way to get us to buy 2 book about the ending. I am very disappointed WHY!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2012-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from still great strays away from most of the POV's you're used to and introduces new, but is necessary for the introduction of new areas of Westeros.
Date published: 2012-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as many crows as one would expect? A Feast For Crows is the fourth novel in A Song of Ice and Fire series from George R. R. Martin. When your going through this novel you start to realize that it is only following the exploits of half the characters and primarily the ones surrounding King's Landing. This novel is interesting because your starting to get to know a group of new characters that you've only heard of in pasting by the other characters. It's going to be interesting reading A Dance with Dragons so I can see the story from the other characters point of views with knowing how some of the events will play out surrounding them. I did enjoy this novel, if your a fan of the series, it continues to deliver better then you'd anticipate. If your new to the series, start from the beginning and enjoy the ride.
Date published: 2012-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Feast of Crows Amazing. I heard a lot of people didn't like this book because many of the fan favorite characters weren't in it. I still loved it and couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2012-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A murder of crows An apt title for this book. Lots of death and destruction. It felt less like war (and the previous 2 books) and more like plotting and vengeance. That said, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Since I had previously read other reviews that warned me some of my favourite characters would not be narrating in this book, but back again in book 5, I wasn't disappointed with A Feast for Crows. It definitely advanced the plot, wasn't too slow (albeit a bit slower than the previous 3), and I can't wait to see where the series goes next! Definitely worth reading, if for no other reason than to move on to book #5! Enjoy.
Date published: 2012-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The interlude of crows and sparrows A chapter a night before bed and months after the last book, I have finally caught up with the series. Let my wait for "A Dance with Dragons" officially begin! As always, Martin does not hold back, from his plot development and twists, to the fanaticism, necromancy, and sex involved. It still remains very character-driven - old and new, or ones reborn under different names, titles and purposes, cross paths aplenty. Kingdoms too mentioned casually in earlier installments come into focus and play greater parts in the unfolding story. With the war coming to an end but conflicts and plotting still ever present, this book felt very much like an interlude to bigger things to come. Martin has laid a great foundation for the sparring and sorcery that is just inevitable. I actually wished he had never included his little note at the end of "A Feast for Crows." It would have given less of a reason for readers to complain about the long wait, although I do fully understand that close to 6 years (and counting!) is too wide a gap to endure for a book that had supposedly been written as a part of this installment but had to be split because of its sheer volume. Nevertheless, while some have lost hope, I remain a fan. Think of your loyal fans Mr. Martin, especially those who have waited for half a decade, and get it published! At least there is the upcoming HBO tv adaptation of "A Game of Thrones," premiering April 17, to tide us over. It looks very promising and with Martin involved in it too, it might serve as a reminder that there is more work to be done.
Date published: 2011-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wounderous Book For ALL! I thought this was a very riveting book and along with the series I would like to read that too. A feast for crows is a great book that should be reconized by all. George R.r. Martin is a great author and maybe my faverite! I recommend this book to everybody.
Date published: 2008-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good I loved this one as I did the others, but the story isn't done. WHERE IS THE SEQUEL?
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting, but too depressing I finished to read all available books (4). Very interesting, I cannot deny it, but too depressing - all positive heroes are dying, evils are winning. I hope that in the future parts good fellows (who still alive) get the revenge. Sure, I will read the future parts too - it's too interesting just to avoid it.
Date published: 2007-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I can't wait for the next one! I counted down the days before this book came out. I'd read all the previous books in the series at least twice and couldn't wait to hear more about Arya, Jon, Jamie, and the rest. The book takes up right after "A Storm of Swords", and actually the first few chapters overlap a bit. So many revelations occured in the story that I don't know how I'm going to wait for the next one. The only down side to this latest sequel is that Mr. Martin had to leave some of the more interesting characters out of this book, and instead put their sides of the story in the next volume. According to him, the book was getting too long to make it printable. However, the plus side is that we won't have to wait too long for "A Dance with Dragons" since about half the book is already written. Savour this book.
Date published: 2006-05-30

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A Feast for Crows: A Song Of Ice And Fire: Book Four

by George R.r. Martin

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 1104 pages, 6.85 × 4.2 × 1.51 in

Published: September 26, 2006

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 055358202X

ISBN - 13: 9780553582024

About the Book

The fourth book in "New York Times" bestselling author Martin's landmark series arrives to the delight of fans the world over. This is historical fiction that never was, filled with gritty characters, realistic conflicts, heroism, barbarism, defeats and triumphs.

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Cersei She dreamt she sat the Iron Throne, high above them all. The courtiers were brightly colored mice below. Great lords and proud ladies knelt before her. Bold young knights laid their swords at her feet and pleaded for her favors, and the queen smiled down at them. Until the dwarf appeared as if from nowhere, pointing at her and howling with laughter. The lords and ladies began to chuckle too, hiding their smiles behind their hands. Only then did the queen realize she was naked. Horrified, she tried to cover herself with her hands. The barbs and blades of the Iron Throne bit into her flesh as she crouched to hide her shame. Blood ran red down her legs, as steel teeth gnawed at her buttocks. When she tried to stand, her foot slipped through a gap in the twisted metal. The more she struggled the more the throne engulfed her, tearing chunks of flesh from her breasts and belly, slicing at her arms and legs until they were slick and red, glistening. And all the while her brother capered below, laughing. His merriment still echoed in her ears when she felt a light touch on her shoulder, and woke suddenly. For half a heartbeat the hand seemed part of the nightmare, and Cersei cried out, but it was only Senelle. The maid’s face was white and frightened. We are not alone, the queen realized. Shadows loomed around her bed, tall shapes with chainmail glimmering beneath their cloaks. Armed men had no business here. Where are my guards? Her bedchamber was dark, but for the lant
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From the Publisher

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.


From the Hardcover edition.

From the Jacket

"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

“THE MOST impressive modern fantasy, both in terms of conception and execution, is George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire.… A masterpiece that will be mentioned with the great works of fantasy.”—Contra Costa Times

"Long-awaited doesn’t begin to describe this fourth installment in bestseller Martin's staggeringly epic Song of Ice and Fire."—Publishers Weekly

"Grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant."—Robert Jordan

"Such a splendid tale and such a fantistorical! I read my eyes out."—Anne McCaffrey

"Fantasy fans will feast!"—Associated Press


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. 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 the lovely Parris, a big white dog called Mischa, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.

Editorial Reviews

"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

“THE MOST impressive modern fantasy, both in terms of conception and execution, is George R.R. Martin''s A Song of Ice and Fire.… A masterpiece that will be mentioned with the great works of fantasy.”—Contra Costa Times

"Long-awaited doesn’t begin to describe this fourth installment in bestseller Martin''s staggeringly epic Song of Ice and Fire."—Publishers Weekly

"Grabs hold and won''t let go. It''s brilliant."—Robert Jordan

"Such a splendid tale and such a fantistorical! I read my eyes out."—Anne McCaffrey

"Fantasy fans will feast!"—Associated Press
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