BOOK: A Feast for Crows
AUTHOR: George R.R. Martin
MY RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ (4/5)
After centuries of bitter strife, the seven powers dividing the land have beaten one another into an uneasy truce. But it’s not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters of the Seven Kingdoms gather. Now, 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—emerge from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges of the terrible times ahead. Nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages, are coming together to stake their fortunes…and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests—but only a few are the survivors.
I’m not going to lie, I’m getting a little bit nervous here now that I’ve started to catch up with this series. A Feast for Crows is pretty much a 2 part novel, parallel with A Dance with Dragons. When you consider the fact that there’s about a 6 year gap between the two novels, and no definitive release date for The Winds of Winter, a girl starts to worry.
That being said, A Feast of Crows is everything you’ve come to expect of GRRM. It’s full of his lavish descriptions and his way with language that create this fully realized world.
This particular installment was a little disappointing when I realized there were no chapters from either Tyrion or Daenerys’ point of view (though apparently more focused on in A Dance with Dragons). I could see how that could have been extremely disappointing for those GoT fans who read the books when they were first released though. A Feast for Crows did focus more on the women of Westeros, and we are introduced to some new points of view, including Cersei Lannister.
Cersei’s chapters turned out to be some of my favorites because I was expecting to get some insight to her madness. But you don’t feel sorry for her one bit. There’s no reason to. It turns out Cersei just really is a cold hearted bitch. That being said, she is still almost admirable at times, the way she stands up for herself and doesn’t let anything get under her skin. It can be frustrating that the men she is surrounded by don’t always give her the credit (however malevolent it may be) that she deserves. She is a woman in power within a patriarchal structure, yet she is just as sexist as the men who surround her.
It was kind of nice to not have to deal with Bran’s point of view this time around (sorry not sorry).
Although I can appreciate how it’s weaving into the overall story, I just wasn’t all that interested in the Ironborn story line and their fight for the throne of the Isles. Asha is a really kickass female though, and I’m enjoying her story more in the books than I did in the TV show. She can be a smartass, but that’s just it – she’s smart. The girl knows how to take after herself and take command.
Brienne’s here, too, and she’s just as mighty as ever. Despite her constant harassment from men about her being a female warrior, she doesn’t let it get to her. She is arguably one of the strongest women of this series. She manages to get herself into some sticky situations in A Feast for Crows, but it’s okay because she still wields a sword like it’s nobodies business.
I’m starting to read A Dance with Dragons now, and I’m certainly glad I wasn’t forced to wait the 6 years between the two novels. Here’s hoping we get The Winds of Winter early next year!