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

by George R. R. Martin

November 8, 2005 | Hardcover

A Feast for Crows: A Song Of Ice And Fire: Book Four is rated 3.6429 out of 5 by 14.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 784 pages, 9.53 × 6.42 × 1.65 in

Published: November 8, 2005

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553801503

ISBN - 13: 9780553801507

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Excruciating! I think that George R.R. Martin should have stopped at A Storm of Swords and wrapped things up as a nice and tidy trilogy. This 4th installment is filled with a whole mess of sub-characters that are uninteresting and only serve to dilute the story to the extent where you are hoping that the newly introduced character(s) will die off quickly so you can get back to the characters that you enjoy following. Cersei, Jaime, Sansa, Samwell and all the Fish Heads and Hot Heads from the Iron Islands and Dorne respectively only serve to annoy. And yet I read it the finish regardless. Go figure.
Date published: 2012-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The least entertaining of the audiobook Martin experience I have enjoyed this audiobook the least of the four so far in the 'Song of Ice and Fire' trilogy, but I'm of two minds as to why. It could be that John Lee's voice was such a drop in entertainment after the talented Roy Dotrice readings of the first three. John Lee's voices tend to be quite similar, and even just at the bare minimum, it would have been nice if he'd listened to how the previous reader had pronounced names and places, so that in this book, I wasn't scratching my head thinking "Who the heck is Peter?" when I was so used to hearing about "Petyr" (prounounced P'tire), among many other character and language pronunciation differences. Second, though, in this volume, Martin chose a few characters to follow, and says that in the next volume, we'll go back in time to the same time period that began "A Feast for Crows," and revisit the time line with the rest of them. Well, apart from some brief visits with Arya and Jon, I found the cast of this book just... well... unlikeable. Though I'm warming to Jaime, I couldn't stand the heavy number of chapters with Circe, and was very close to skipping past them. And the whole Ironborn factions were just tedious and frustrating - I couldn't connect to those characters at all. Which made it feel like a good half of the book was work instead of enjoyment. So, while I'll happily continue into the series when it comes back, if a future book of Martin's series does the same character split, I'll certainly not be chomping at the bit to get more from Circe, the Ironborn, and the rest of the secondary characters who left me not the least bit interested.
Date published: 2008-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! George R. R. Martin brings a whole new world to life; every detail is meticulously thought out and delivered to the reader in a way that draws you into his world. You won't be able to put it down! You'll fall in love (and hate) with the characters as you discover the intimate details of their lives. Each character is unique, with different facets and different motives. Defintely one of the best fantasy series of all time.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best series I've read in a long time This series of books is one of the most enjoyable I've read in a long time and is the reason for my coming to work tired so many days last week. If youbuy but one book this year, make it from this series. **A book I would also recommend is The Unsuspecting Mage by Brian S. Pratt. This, the first installment of The Morcyth Saga is a great beginning for a new author. Battles, magic, gods, secret passages and intrigue, all the elements of a classic epic fantasy! Any fantasy reader will enjoy it.
Date published: 2006-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Okay, this books is the best ive ever read. First off. The reason that you are missing things on the maps is because it is filled with the knowledge fromt he last book, they only mapped out as much as as was known in the third book, so in the fifth, they will have more key points. Second, the details is what makes the book as good as it is, what is the point of a great story if you cant imagine it yourself. I love this book and am wiklling to walk on hot coal for the next one. Better than L.O.T.R. Sincerely, John
Date published: 2006-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoy the Feast I've read some of the other reviews, and they're a little harsh. Some people have had a few issues with the book, but there are explanations for most. First, some people are complaining about the absence of some of their favorite characters, don't worry they will be present in the next book. I'll grant you however, that some of the characters Mr. Martin chose to include in this book aren’t as interesting as the missing ones, but he makes up for that by hinting that some future plans and plots that are put in motion by these characters. You have to look at the book as a transitional piece. The war is ending and things are resetting for the next big event. Read the book carefully, because a lot of future plot twists are hinted at, and characters who might not seem important are just being set up for a more important future. I'll agree that the map is incomplete, and missing a lot of key locations. Not sure why they would do that, but hopefully it will be rectified in the next book. If it's really a problem for you, just crack open your copy of A Storm of Swords for more comprehensive maps. But Mr. Martin does give pretty good descriptions of where events take place that you can figure it out on your own with a bit of effort and careful reading. As for the cover art, I'll agree, its not very impressive. But I saw Mr. Martin at a book signing and he told the audience that the publisher was trying to market the book to people who wouldn't normally read fantasy, and changing the cover was necessary. If it works and he can make more money, then good for him, he deserves it for creating these amazing books. If you want to wait, maybe they will come out with a special edition to match the earlier books. But I wouldn't hold my breath. Even with all these problems the book was still an enjoyable read. The world and characters he's created are interesting and dynamic. A lot of them have grown and changed, and it was interesting to see what happens to them by the end. I can't wait for A Dance with Dragons, and if we're lucky it won’t be too long before it comes out.
Date published: 2006-01-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Disappointment I had been waiting for this book for a long time, and was quite excited when it finally appeared. I must say several things about this volume. 1. It needs a good (short) summary of the previous three volumes. It has been so long since I had read the others that I had forgotten most of the details and was very confused about who was what and how each part filled into the plot. 2. Please, somebody, find Mr. Martin a good editor: this book is too long and detailed. The others are as well but the story in the other ones moves along at a respectable pace. 3. Please improve the map – I want to be able to follow by checking the map, and too many places are not listed. 4. My favourite character (Tyrion) is missing. I gather he is being saved for volume five. This is not a particularly good book. I went through the tedium of reading it because I felt thatI had too. Volume 5 had better be worth it!
Date published: 2005-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Trying Hard Not To Be Cynical I found this series quite by accident and then threw myself into forsaking all else. The last book A Feast For Crows was released just as I was finishing up the last of the series. I was disappointed that my favorite characters were not in this book. It is not that I did not enjoy it, but I felt that I was missing their interpretation of events. About a third of the way through the book it was almost as if I was reading filler. The cynic in me wonders if this was done in order to sell another book.
Date published: 2005-12-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A feast for Crows Ultimately, the latest installment in the Ice and Fire saga fails to impress. I cannot exactly pinpoint where it went wrong, as the writing is fine (as it is always wont to), but by the end I felt disapointed that I had waited a years for it. It was a mistake to include Brienne as a major character, even more at fault was Martin's idea to have Brienne wonder around alot. Grated, that's what she had to do to find Sansa but it still felt forced and even boring at times. The Dorne chapters were fine, but still it took three characters and four chapters to tell a story that could have been done by means of one characted and once chapter. The Iron Islands: idem. I hated, and wanted dead, Cercei in the previous books, now I don't even care. I do feel, however, that all this would have been even more annoying were it to have been told in flashbacks, as Martin originally planned. This is the weakest installement in the series, but it was also meant to be a bridge between the war of the five kings and the arrival of the last Targaryen, hardily an interesting place to be ina series. Still, here is hoping Martin isn't pulling a Jordan on us.
Date published: 2005-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book yet! I have been a big fan of the fantasy genre for a while now, be it Stephen R Lawhead, Robert Jordan, David Eddings, Stephen Donaldson, Terry Brooks, Robin Hobb, Raymond Feist, Steven Erikson, or Tad Williams. I've read 'em all, and George R.R. Martin blows each and every one of them out of the water. A Feast for Crows lives up to its predecessors and even surpasses them, as it explores the lives of the people of Westeros and surrounding countries after the events that occurred in A Storm of Swords.. We're given new insight into many new characters in this novel, including Theon Greyjoy's sister, Asha, and her uncles Victarion and Aeron. All three have their own chapters, as does the princess of Dorne, Arianne Martel, and the maid of Tarth, Brienne.. And *finally* the inner workings of Cersei Lannister are revealed as her story line takes up a good half of the novel (and its anything but dull). The plot is rich in intrigue (as usual) and we see some old favorites return (Arya, Jaime and Sansa all have *awesome* chunks of the story dedicated to them, and Samwell returns too!) A Feast for Crows rised above my expectations and is probably my favorite book in A Song of Ice and Fire. A Dance with Dragons, which comes out in a little over a year, will focus mainly on Daenerys, Jon Snow (who *is* in A Feast for Crows), Tyrion and Stannis... I wish Martin would write faster!
Date published: 2005-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Feast For Crows Just returning from a trip to the US, there I found a promotional printed excerpt I've not seen in Canada entitled 'Captain of the Guards', centering around Doran Martell. As with the Cersei chapter from Mr.Martin's website, I could not put it down. I, too, am not pleased with the change in cover art; however, I am certain the need to read the contents will far outweigh any desire for my eyes to linger on the sleeve, and I will -- happily -- get over my disappointment. As well, knowing the second 'half' of this originally-monstrous 4th installment is also nearly complete, that it was just too large to publish as one book, I can only pray to the publishing gods to allow its' release as soon as it is done; forcing the fans to continue in the torture of anticipation already experienced waiting for A Feast For Crows would be cruel. My eternal gratitude goes to Mr. Martin for creating this phenomenal masterpiece of fantasy, he is clearly a storytelling genius of our generation.
Date published: 2005-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't judge the book before you read it! I anticipate great things from this novel, and all the readers of George R.R. Martin's novels should realize how talented of a writer he is, and trust his decision in both delaying the book and changing the format. All artists require time in completing their masterpieces- it is not something to be rushed.
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Feast For Crows I too have been long awating this book. It's many delays are disappointing; hopeful that it will be worth the wait. I agree that the original artwork needs to return for the hardcover edition - before the launch! Good to see that the audio version will be in CD format, though now the pervious 3 stories are only offered as cassettes. Publisher: bring back the original artwork & offer both cassette & CD audio formats. Chapters/Indigo: consider reducing the mark-up for the audio versions & they will sell!
Date published: 2005-09-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from they changed it Finally they have released Feast of Crows. I have been looking forward to this for 3 years now, I have the first 3 in their original hardcover... now look what they have done to the cover. It has changed. Why do publishers have to do that. I like having matching sets.
Date published: 2005-09-11

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

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

by George R. R. Martin

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 784 pages, 9.53 × 6.42 × 1.65 in

Published: November 8, 2005

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553801503

ISBN - 13: 9780553801507

About the Book

The fourth book in "New York Times" bestselling author Martin's landmark series finally 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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CerseiShe 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 lantern one of t
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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 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

About 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 Tuf Voyaging, 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, and The World of Ice & Fire (with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson). 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.

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