A Feast for Crows

A Feast for Crows

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 864 pages
  • 111 x 178 x 47mm | 460g
  • HarperVoyager
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5 illustr.
  • 9780006486121
  • 685

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Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin's monumental epic cycle of high fantasy. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace...only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.
A Feast for Crows
It seems too good to be true. After centuries of bitter strife and fatal treachery, the seven powers dividing the land have decimated one another into an uneasy truce. Or so it appears....With the death of the monstrous King Joffrey, Cersei is ruling as regent in King's Landing. Robb Stark's demise has broken the back of the Northern rebels, and his siblings are scattered throughout the kingdom like seeds on barren soil. Few legitimate claims to the once desperately sought Iron Throne still exist--or they are held in hands too weak or too distant to wield them effectively. The war, which raged out of control for so long, has burned itself out.
But as in the aftermath of any climactic struggle, it is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, 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--are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.
It is a time when the wise and the ambitious, the deceitful and the strongwill acquire the skills, the power, and the magic to survive the stark and terrible times that lie before them. It is a time for nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages to come together and stake their fortunes...and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests--but only a few are the survivors.
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Review quote

'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

'Colossal, staggering ... Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome'
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About George R.R. Martin

George R.R. Martin is the author of fourteen novels, including five volumes of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, several collections of short stories and numerous screen plays for television drama and feature films. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Rating details

676,423 ratings
4.15 out of 5 stars
5 42% (283,804)
4 36% (241,844)
3 18% (121,526)
2 4% (23,816)
1 1% (5,433)

Our customer reviews

After I finished Storm of Swords I was afraid to start this volume. Since almost most of the readers of the series agreed that A Feast for Crows was terrible and I didn't get why until I realized that it tells the story for half of the characters. So I decided to read the 4th and 5th (check the internet for the reading order of both books) and I got to say the book was just as great as the first three, even better than Storm of Swords in my opinion, since the events of Storm of Swords were too fast and too dark and dramatic to be in one volume, but in the 4th book the pace goes much slower and a better pace.show more
by Mohammed Talat Ebrahim
Lets face it if you have got this far into the series you would to be a fan. I certainly am. However I found this book a little harder to get into than the previous books all of which should rate a 6 out of 5. It would have been nice to be told from the outset that this book really only dealt with half of the characters and that the rest were in the next book. We do know that George R R Martin does not mind killing off his characters and this book is no exception. I do miss some of those characters that had no chance to redeem themselves. It does seem a senseless waste at times, even when a villain dies, when you know so much of that characters back history. Just buy the book! The only regret is that the whole series is not finished yet.show more
by steve sabine
I actually believe that splitting characters into two groups and focusing on one group with a single book was a nice way to mix things up. I certainly missed a couple of characters (my most favorite characters were not in this book, and Arya was scarcely here) but I think Martin delivered more than enough gasps and twists to force you more than momentarily to forget that you won't be able to know what happens with a large group of characters until the next book. I definitely loved Cersei chapters here. The whole book actually felt like a large portrait of Cersei, desperate "wannabe" queen. I also love what Martin did with Brienne and Sansa/Alayne chapters payed off really well in the end. That Petyr is really cunning. Martin continues to be one of the rare few living writers who are able to create a living and breathing character/world in couple of pages. It's astonishing how easily he sets up and introduces new parts of the Kingdoms and even before the first few descriptions end you feel like you've been only reminded of the things he's writing completely anew instead of reading about those things for the first time.show more
by Josip Malenica
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