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A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)

A Song of Ice and Fire

By George R. R. Martin

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Format: Paperback, 864 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 December 2006
HBO's hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R. R. Martin's internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A FEAST FOR CROWS is the fourth volume in the series. The Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne. 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. As plots, intrigue and battle threaten to engulf Westeros, victory will go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel and the coldest hearts.

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/ Lead title Continuing the most ambitious and imaginative epic fantasy since 'The Lord of the Rings'. / The hardback edition shot straight into the Sunday Times top ten. / Shot to #1 in the New York Times chart. / A huge event in the fantasy world: we receive more enquiries about this author than any other. / Martin is the new Tolkien: the biggest and best fantasy epic writer of the new millennium. / Competition: JRR Tolkien, Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind

EAN: 9780006486121
ISBN: 0006486126
Publisher: HarperCollins
Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.1 x 4.7 centimetres (0.50 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

George R.R. Martin is the author of nine novels, several collections of short stories and numerous screenplays for television drama and feature films. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


New York Times best-selling author and television screenwriter and producer Martin continues his fantasy epic of the mythic Seven Kingdoms in this fourth installment of "A Song of Fire and Ice." The War of the Five Kings is winding down and there's a lull in the action, as many surviving characters from earlier installments are absent. Tony Award-winning British actor Roy Dotrice provides a clear and engaging narration of this tale of power, politics, and people. Feast has a sense of bleakness and disjointedness, with slow-moving plotlines. VERDICT Of interest to fans of fantasy, adventure, and the HBO series. ["A must-purchase for libraries owning the series, this panoramic fantasy adventure is highly recommended," read the review of the Spectra: Bantam hc, LJ 11/15/05.-Ed.]-Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

'Fantasy literature has never shied away from grandeur, but the sheer mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads!' Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias.' Guardian 'In the grand epic fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best!tense, surging, insomnia-inflicting.' Time Magazine 'Truly epic!with its magnificent action-filled climax, it provides a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites.' Publishers Weekly 'I always expect the best from George R.R. Martin and he always delivers. A Game of Thrones grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant.' Robert Jordan 'George R.R. Martin is one of our very best writers, and this is one of his very best books.' Raymond E. Feist 'Colossal, staggering ! Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world ! The writing is always powerful.' SFX 'Such a splendid tale. I read my eyes out -- I couldn't stop till I'd finished and it was dawn' Anne McCaffrey 'A Game of Thrones offers the rich tapestry that the very best fantasy demands: iron and steel within the silk, grandeur within the wonder, and charactrs torn between deep love and loyalty. Few created worlds are as imaginative and diverse.' Janny Wurts 'George Martin is assuredly a new master craftsman in the guild of heroic fantasy.' Katharine Kerr

Long-awaited doesn't begin to describe this fourth installment in bestseller Martin's staggeringly epic Song of Ice and Fire. Speculation has run rampant since the previous entry, A Storm of Swords, appeared in 2000, and Feast teases at the important questions but offers few solid answers. As the book begins, Brienne of Tarth is looking for Lady Catelyn's daughters, Queen Cersei is losing her mind and Arya Stark is training with the Faceless Men of Braavos; all three wind up in cliffhangers that would do justice to any soap opera. Meanwhile, other familiar faces-notably Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen-are glaringly absent though promised to return in book five. Martin's Web site explains that Feast and the forthcoming A Dance of Dragons were written as one book and split after they grew too big for one volume, and it shows. This is not Act I Scene 4 but Act II Scene 1, laying groundwork more than advancing the plot, and it sorely misses its other half. The slim pickings here are tasty, but in no way satisfying. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Leny Grace Ba-alan on
George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire's world is alive, his characters incredibly human. I agree with the other reviewers that this book is a little slower, perhaps because it is told by only a few of the characters from the previous books (with a mix of fresh perspectives as well), and we had to wait for the next book for the story to move forward for the other characters. I do get the feeling that the author might be dragging it a little bit longer than really necessary, but, just like what he said in his acknowledgements in the previous books, the devil's in the details; and I guess it's those details that make this series incredibly awesome.
Francis Doerr on
Well written and mostly enjoyable. Has great depth but as another has said , this book is much slower than the previous three and somewhat less satisfactory.
The entire series is highly readable,extremely sanguine, but made extremely complicated by the huge cast of characters. One needs to print off and have to hand the cast of characters and their familial and other connections as otherwise it is easy to lose the thread as to who is whom and their heritage and with whom their allegiances lie.
I do agree with the customer review of 28/08/2007.
What was most disappointing was that I made the assumption that when I bought the "boxed set" it was not actually a complete "set" as George Martin so casually remarked at the end of the book that the reader must be wondering where some of the characters and story lines begun in previous books had gone (eg ; Tyrion et al ). Then equally casually remarked that readers would have to wait some time to find out as the storyline had become too complex for him to finish in the fourth book. In fact from book four ,some years.
This has become an increasingly popular trend in the writing industry for the printers to have obscure, hidden in the artwork of the covers ,the fact that the book being bought is part of a trilogy or quadrology, whatever. Seems a simple but dishonest way of catching readers and most disconcerting as the reader may find himself starting on book three or two.
As a frequent international traveller, I sometimes lack the time between aircraft to read the precis inside the front cover and buy on eye appeal, etc.
Nevertheless, the books are readable and the storyline enjoyable. though I suspect the saga won't end with book five.
Jade Kelly on
I love the whole series, in my opinion, every single book in it was absolutely stunning. The characters are deep and realistic, the settings are vivid and imaginative, the story line is interesting and intriguing. I have nothing negative to say about any of the books.
Delia Walters on
They are big books, but such a feast of adventure, such wonderful storytelling,
I am dreading getting to the end of this incredible collection of stories that is Game of Thrones. Long may George R R Martin write !
delia walters
Richard Blakeley on
This book is the fourth in the series. Though it is not as good as the third book (not much is) I still find it better than most other books out there. It is a slower book with less action than the previous books because of the end of the war has meant that there is no battles and all the conflict has become political. My largest disappointment is that my favorite characters were not in the book, (the book was split in two so they will be in the next one) and I feel that the book lacks from the humor that they bought to the series.

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