A Feast for Crows – By George R.R. Martin

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

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It was so great to return to the series with this book. A lot of people told me not to have high expectations for this one, because it only focused on some of the large Game of Thrones cast, but actually I really enjoyed this book.

It was really nice to have the chance to read from the perspective of other people. I loved Brienne of Tarth, and Jamie Lannister, even Cersi was interesting. And it was even interesting to read about all the problems on the Iron Islands.  I was glad to have a break from reading about Jon Snow (because honestly he’s not my favorite) and the only character I really missed was Tyrion.

I learned a lot about the world of Westros with this book. Like for one I never knew (or had forgotten) that Cersi was in love with Prince Rhaegar. And the story with the Sand Snakes in Dorn was twice as complex in the book than it was in the TV series. Who else loved the storyline with Catelyn Stark? I thought that was fascinating and should have been included in the show.

All in all I really enjoyed the read.  I love how manageable Martin’s chapter lengths are, they’re never so long that you feel like you’re wading through the book.  It was also nice that this book was slightly shorter than some of the rest in the series. In the end I gave this book 4 stars, and I can’t wait to read the next book!

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