A Feast for Crows online ebookTo download now please click the link below.http://amzn.to/172HWeUOverviewWith A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth volume of thelandmark series that has redefined imaginative fiction and stands as a modernmasterpiece in the making.After centuries of bitter strife, the seven powers dividing the land have beaten oneanother into an uneasy truce. But its 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 newalliances are formed while surprising faces—some familiar, others only justappearing—emerge from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to takeup the challenges of the terrible times ahead. Nobles and commoners, soldiers andsorcerers, assassins and sages, are coming together to stake their fortunes...andtheir lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests—but only a few are thesurvivors.ReviewsSimply put, the entire Song of Ice and Fire series is my favorite (topping even mybeloved Gaiman). I fell in love with the series and I obsess about it in the way thatsome people obsess about Tolkein or Harry Potter.In my mind, its the best epic fantasy since Tolkein. Like Tolkein, Martin creates areal world with an extensive history filled with its own languages and cultures andsongs. Tolkeins world is high fantasy with elves and magic and even the maincharacters arent human. Martins world is a bit closer to our own world. A lot of itcould have been an alternate version of Medieval England, and indeed you can seesome inspiration from historical events like the War of the Roses.Humans are front and center and most of those humans would think magic andmonsters only appear in stories that you tell young children (although theyrewrong).The series is filled with Lords and knights and court intrigue. Furthermore, Martinis gifted in his ability to peel away at plots, revealing more and more layers thatyou didnt expect but probably should have. Every time you think youve gotsomething figured out, you find that theres more to it and -- more imporantly --you find that the authors been hinting about these revelations throughout theentire book. This is not a series you should just skim through. He shows you theanswers rather than tells you, and it can be very rewarding.The book is written from the point of view of many assorted different characters.This allows for many plots to be weaved around and intermingled, butunfortunately it also makes it hard to get started. Because there are so many
points of view, it takes a while to get into each characters story arc and tounderstand how it all fits together and this can make it tough for first-time readersto get started. All I can say is that its well worth the effort and Id urge you all togive the series a try.I was fully prepared to be disappointed by this book, for several reasons. First ofall, the last book, A Storm Of Swords, ended with a very large cliffhanger and Iknew that it was a cliffhanger that wasnt going to be fully explained/explored inthis volume.Additionally, I knew that in general the story was not going to feature thecharacters that I was most interested in (namely Daenerys, Theon, Tyrion, andespecially the whole issue of Jon and the Night Watch). That being said, thevolume was surprisely enjoyable, and helped to better explore the entirety of theSeven Kingdoms. There was tons of action in the first three volumes - I wasactually a little set back by the amount of violence that was featured in the seriesaltogether. This volume takes a somewhat quieter approach - characters die, butmost of the death takes place off-page. Perhaps this means that A Dance WithDragons is going to feature much higher levels of action.Plot-wise, only certain amounts of progress are made of advancing the plot. Welearn nothing more about the advancement of the Others, and no word is made ofDaenerys flight towards the west. Instead we get political maneuverings in KingsLanding, and Sams travel from The Wall to Oldtown. What we do get is qualitymaterial, though - I was on the bus when I got to the part of the story thatfeatured Cerseis downfall, and I almost started cackling with joy to see her gether final comeuppance. Also of interest was the expanding story of the SevenKingdoms, as we learn more about the cultures of both the Iron Islands and ofDorne. Interesting material, definitely, but material that feels much like it is build-up for the eventual landfall of Dany from the east, rather than material in its ownright.[return:][return:]One of the benefits of the multiple-POV perspective thatMartin employs is that it allows the reader to learn about characters not only fromhow they see themselves, but how they are viewed by those around them. CerseiLannister, the most prominent character in AFFC, is the most obvious example ofthis - when she was presented mostly as a scheming mastermind, but in her POVchapters, shes seen as someone almost paralyzed by paranoia. Similarly, we seeJaime as either a sterling knight (from Briennes perspective) or a craven weakling(from Cerseis perspective). When we see Jaimes one POV, though, we see thathe thinks he is how Cersei sees him, but he hopes to become what Brienne
believes him to be. Its a very effective literary technique, and easily buildssuspense and complexity to a story of this size.As with the rest of the Song of Ice and Fire series, I can pick this one up, rereadoften and most of the time find something new to like or some detail that I didntnotice before fall into place. The series in general is very well-written and theworld, the characters, everything has been so developed that its just fascinatingto watch it unfold.This wasnt my favorite of the books so far and part of the reason I fel this waywas that I wanted desperately to find out what was going on from the perspectiveof some of the viewpoint characters that we wont see until the next book. Thatbeing said, I particularly enjoyed the Cersei chapters and finally getting to seethings from her point of view. One of the series main strengths, in my opinion, isthat many of the comparatively "villainous" characters have their ownunderstandable motivations and are eventually fleshed out.I am rather disappointed with how long itll likely be before the next installment ispublished, but when it does Ill definitely be reading it.A Feast of Crows was not as exciting as the last part of series, but I still liked it.Jaime Lannister is now one of my favorite characters and it was nice to follow himthrough his chapters.Sansa Stark is finally growing up and her chapters were pretty interesting(although she is still just a toy for bigger players in the Game). That silly,annoying girl from book one is gone. She suffered a lot and had to walk strangepaths, but finally we can se her as a true Stark.Arya Stark ended up in a weird place, but I love to read about her, so I was happyto see her as a part of this book.Brienne is another brigh spot of A Feast for Crows. You go girl!I still hate Cersei, but her chapters were pretty interesting.It was nice to see herloosing power over Jaime and making some bad choices. The only part that was
not so interesting were chapters about Iron Islands, for some reason I dont likethem at all.Another thing I didnt like was the part with Catelyn - I never liked her in the firstplace (I have no idea why), but now I like her even less. It is obvious that we willsee her again and Im not too excited about that.I though about giving this book 4 stars, but I cant - it is still really good, evenwithout some of my favorite characters, and I enjoyed most chapters, so itdeserves every one of 5 bright stars.One of the best fantasy fictions Ive read, the Song of Ice and Fire series of booksis inspired loosely on the War of the Roses (of the 15th century York/Lancasterrivalries) and dosed with touches of fantasy (but not clubbed over the head withit).Not quite high fantasy, the books follow the time lines of various characters told inconnective chapters as they find themselves caught up in the politicalmaneuvering and dealings of the various royal houses and the wars andskirmishes that are caused by them.The true genius of these books are three fold:1) The character development is incredible.2) The story telling is genius. Managing that many characters, backgrounds andconnective details that emerge over the life span of the whole series is on a levelall its own. George Martin does not get enough credit for his story telling prowess.3) The unfolding saga is truly on an epic scale while at the same time managingthe individual masterfully. You truly get the best of both worlds in this series.
I cant say enough good things about this series. If youre put off by the thought ofmany characters and long books, dont be. Youll burn through these and beg formore."A feast for Crows" is the fourth book in the "A Song of Fire and Ice Series."That he chose to split his story into two books and to arrange his chapters withnew characters for the Feast for Crows, is both daring and original, though Iexpected nothing less from this author whose plot development throughout thebook series never stops to surprise me. Personally, I love what hes done, becausethe story has more suspense, while we get a better understanding of characterslike Cersei, Brienne, Jaime and also Littlefinger (who was a bit obscure in theprevious books, you never knew what he was up to) and of new places like Dorneand the Iron islands.George RR Martin is trully a master in creating fictional worlds! Historically-inspired fictional settings and situations, convincing social structures; hischaracters are very well developed and, in a sense, real. Through all of his books,including this one, he manages to bring his story to life for every reader.Lastly, Martin has created a fantasy novel series that has relevance to the modernworld, important messages to send in between the lines about power andcorruption, religious fanaticism, honor and family, a world in crisis...This is the fourth book in the “Song of Ice and Fire” massively complex, zillion-charactered, sweeping saga/fantasy/intrigue opus. I thought I’d NEVER getthrough #3, which hit at about 1200 pages; this is a mere 978 pages, if you don’tcount the 80 pages of Appendix detailing the members of the various Housesstrewn all over Westeros, as well as various bands of brigands and the like.This one is a sort of double-departure from the first three, in that a number of newcharacters are introduced, notably from the Iron Islands, notably Asha Greyjoy,warrior, ship captain, who is desirous of the crown (Oh, no! A WOMAN seeking thecrown, against here BROTHERS?!?!?! Hey, we’re gonna have some tongueswagging and blood shed over THIS little family tiff!). We also have some hijinks inDorne, the southernmost province of Westeros, largely from the point of view ofArianne Martel, daughter of Prince Dorian, ruler of Dorne; she tries to mutiny
against the regnum there, but gets caught, with some not-so-nice consequences,but with some somewhat surprising potential developments put forth by herfather.At first I was somewhat irritated by these scenarios, mostly because I had justgotten used to, well mostly, knowing the familiar characters and their relationships(well, OK, I bookmarked both the maps, to which I returned frequently, andseveral parts of that 80 page Appendix, to which I referred almost on a page-by-page basis. However, that irritation settled down after several hundred pages.There notable absences from this book (Jon, Tyrion, Arya save for a briefappearance, Danerys (who is nonetheless referred to in a very important manner),Jon, Bran and Rickon, but in the afterword by George R.R. Martin, he explains thathe needed to split the narrative after the events of “A Storm of Swords” in order toaccommodate everything he had to say, so they will come back in “A Dance withDragons.”In this book, we follow the adventures of plucky Brienne, getting-pluckier-by-the-minute Sansa, still-the-Queen-you-love-to-hate Cercei, and “Where’s my hand”Jaime, as well as Samwell Tarly, who certainly grows as a person and a man, frommultiple vantage points. And, well, I won’t give it away, but you might want to goand re-read the Epilogue from “Storm of Swords” before starting this one! And wehave sieges, battles, and near-misses of characters in their geographic relocations,which adds to the fun.It takes me a long time to plow through these books, but I still thoroughly enjoythem. Nonetheless, I’m gonna take a break before tackling “Dance with Dragons”(which I hear comes out in paperback next month), just to clear my mind.Certainly highly recommended, but read the first three first. Oh, and I believe thesecond season of “Game of Thrones” comes out on DVD in the near future too,can’t wait, as I don’t have HBO!Insomnia-inflicting, nail-bitingly intense and breathtakingly epic this truly is a workof pure genius!George RR Martin has to be one of the greatest fantasy writers of all-time andwhose work, in my opinion, is as close to a modern-day version of JRR Tolkien.The depth that the author delves into is quite extraordinary with the extensive
world-building and cleverly crafted, intricately detailed plot as something toadmire. The tale that began in ‘Game of thrones’ continues in book 4: A song ofice and fire, with the war still raging in the seven kingdoms and a deep-rootedconflict reaching its pinnacle. This absorbing, exciting read will have you hookedwithin the first few pages, loosing yourself within a mammoth tale of bittersweetrevenge, heated rage and ambition. A master of epic fantasy George RR Martinhas produced something so remarkably stunning, of such breathtaking scope, thatyou will be hard pressed to find something to equal ‘A song of ice and fire’.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 Ironthrone in the name of the boy-King Tommen. The war in the seven kingdoms hasburned itself out, but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to life. The Martellsof Dorne and the Starks of Winterfell seek vengeance for their dead. Euron Crow’seye, as black as a pirate ever raised a sail, returns from the smoking ruins ofValyria 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 tothe men and women possessed of the coldest steel and the coldest hearts…This slab of a book (854 pages long + appendices) is certainly something to ‘stickyour teeth into’ and which will have you glued to the page for hours on end, daysand months. As an avid reader of the fantasy genre this is a series that by faroutshines many others with its atmospheric, starkly realistic picture that theauthor captures; purely graphic, bloodthirsty and gritty. Dramatic battle scenesthat shake you to the core, heated divergence amidst rulers and great leaders andintense passion – this is an astonishing tale! Never have I been renderedspeechless by an author whose accomplished writing ability, and astonishingcreative visionary is truly noteworthy for this is a book that gives youGoosebumps.
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