Book Review: A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin


General Fiction > Fantasy

(A Song of Ice and Fire #4)

Crows will fight over a dead man’s flesh, and kill each other for his eyes.

Bloodthirsty, treacherous and cunning, the Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne in the name of the boy-king Tommen. The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out, but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to life.

The Martells of Dorne and the Starks of Winterfell seek vengeance for their dead. Euron Crow’s Eye, as black a pirate as ever raised a sail, returns from the smoking ruins of Valyria to claim the Iron Isles. From the icy north, where Others threaten the Wall, apprentice Maester Samwell Tarly brings a mysterious babe in arms to the Citadel.

Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory will go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel and the coldest hearts.

Literary Awards: Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (2006)

Book 1: A Game of Thrones review       Book 2: A Clash of Kings review       Book 3: A Storm of Swords review


POVs of Cersei and Brienne are favorites. I want more, George R.R. Martin!

As much as I love Tyrion’s and Dany’s chapters (they are absent here), a Feast for Crows served me enough to fulfill my Westeros appetite. And to know what Cersei’s thinking was a big plus!

This installment was focused on King’s Landing, and the characters based there and/or travelling within the lands that Lannisters have either won or under their siege. No matter the absence of Dany’s dragons, or of the Wall’s magic, I plowed through the pages, with Cersei’s and Brienne’s incredible POVs to entertain me. Woot!

Cersei can intrigue her way to the throne, but she cannot hold the power that she sought for so long. Ha! Here’s to your upcoming suffering, whore. 😀

Jaime‘s finally gaing his wits. His paternal role and feelings are starting to surface. (I am really starting to love Kingslayer.)

Brienne‘s adventures took her to everywhere but the place she wanted to be: where Sansa Stark is, so she can finally redeem herself. Her battle scene against the sellswords was fantastic. But that ending of her last chapter… what irony!

Samwell is way over his head. But his journey (I think) leads to Dany’s story so it’s pretty interesting to read.

Cat of the Canals, you are awesome. I worship you!

Secondary characters are solid and fun to see, it’s as if they have POVs in the series all along. And those Dornish people are dangerous, so better watch out for them.

A Feast of Crows is not a favorite among my GR friends, but given what I just read, it was better than I expected. (Well, except for Littlefingers. You pervert!)


A FEAST FOR CROWS by George R.R. Martin

Paperback, 854 pages

Published November 6th 2006 by Voyager
4/5 stars