Monday, June 11, 2012

A Feast for Crows (Fantasy Novel)

A Feast for Crows is the fourth book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice Series. It was nominated for the 2006 Hugo, Locus Fantasy and British Fantasy Society Awards.

Briefly, A Feast for Crows takes up immediately after A Storm of Swords ends. While the earlier novels focused on the Starks, this one focuses on Cersei and Jaime Lannister. Brienne, Samwell, and Arya have substantial storylines. Characters from the Iron Islands and from Dorne become more significant. A reoccurring theme is prophecy. Cersei is haunted by a prophesy that a fortuneteller gave her as a teenager. Of course, there is the larger prophesy of the coming of the dragons. Noticeably absent are storylines involving Tyrion, Bran and Daenerys. The next book in the series will focus more on their storylines.

A Feast for Crows is shorter than some of the books in the series. It contains some of my favorite characters, and I enjoyed learning more about Cersei. On the other hand, like the earlier books in the series, it is very violent. I also had a hard time feeling invested in the new storylines.

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